Steve O'Keefe shuts up Shane Warne
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Feb 25, 2017,
Feb 25, 2017, 0:30
He was aided by some brilliant catching by Wriddhiman Saha, who pulled off a great diving effort to send back Steve O'Keefe off of Yadav. In the space of 25 balls, O'Keefe took six wickets as India crashed to 105 all out in their first innings.
Ashwin took three of the four wickets to fall as Australia began their second innings but Smith, who was dropped three times, was unbeaten on 59.
Renshaw was unbeaten on 36 but left the field with an upset stomach immediately after the dismissal of Warner, bringing Smith and Shaun Marsh to the crease for Australia.
After the breakthrough, India's bowlers went in for the kill in the second session. Rahul completed a valiant half century and the pair added 50 runs for the 4th wicket and it was seeming that India have shrugged off the early blows and now they are ready to elongate their good work, but then the mega collapse arrived. Australia, who claimed a first-innings lead of 155, extended their advantage by reaching 143 for four before the close.
Marsh and Smith made it to lunch with Australia on 1/84.
Opting to take strike first in the first-ever Test held in this city, Australia initially did struggle a bit against the turning ball.
India were celebrating again when Mitchell Marsh was given out caught behind off Ashwin two deliveries later but the batsman overturned the decision on review with replays showing the ball had merely brushed his pad. O'Keefe went on to complete a maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket with the scalps of Jayant and Ravindra Jadeja.
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Starc dismissed Pujara with a rising delivery that brushed the batsman's glove and sailed through to wicketkeeper Matthew Wade. Openers David Warner and Renshaw weathered the initial storm while Indian skipper Virat Kohli employed the services of ace spinner Virat Kohli as early as the second over.
Starc, the leader of the Australian pace battery, is also the pick of bowlers as he picked up two wickets in the morning session.
This was after Ashwin got rid of Starc for 61, caught by Jadeja at midwicket with Australia being all out for 260 in their first dig.
Both O'Keefe and Nathan Lyon found some turn, but the major dangers for India came when facing up to Starc and Hazlewood.
The last time Kohli was out for a duck was 45 Test innings ago at Old Trafford, when he edged a trademark James Anderson outswinger to England captain Alastair Cook, also at first slip.
O'Keefe was pretty ordinary in his first two spells, with bowling nine overs for 30 without taking a wicket.