Left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe picked adult a career-best 6 for 35 to assistance Australia take authority of a initial Test opposite India after 15 wickets fell on a bowler-dominated second day of a competition on Friday.
Playing usually his fifth Test and initial in India, O’Keefe took all his wickets in a space of 24 deliveries, including 3 in an over, to trigger a fantastic fall and assistance Australia gold out India for 105 in their initial innings.
Australia took a initial innings lead of 155, a poignant advantage on a spin-friendly lane during a Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, that is creation a entrance as a Test centre.
The furloughed side, who have mislaid their final 9 Tests in Asia and were deliberate underdogs before a start of a four-match series, reached 143 for 4 during stumps in their second innings, an altogether lead of 298 runs.
Captain Steve Smith was dominant after a chance-filled 59, during that he was forsaken 3 times, with all-rounder Mitchell Marsh 21 not out.
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin picked adult 3 discerning wickets to boost India’s hopes of restricting Australia to a low second innings sum though Smith and Matt Renshaw (31) afterwards combined 52 for a fourth to boost a furloughed side.
Replying to Australia’s 260, a world’s top-ranked side, dominant in their prior 19 Tests, mislaid their final 7 wickets for 11 runs as O’Keefe ran by their batsmen to collect adult his lass five-wicket haul.
India’s meltdown started after lunch when opener Lokesh Rahul fell to O’Keefe’s bowling.
Rahul, who was tip scorer for his side with 64, collapsed immediately after personification a shot, clutching his left shoulder and looking as if he was in pain.
The exclusion finished a fourth-wicket mount of 50 between Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane and what followed was a way of batsmen returning to a pavilion.
Two deliveries later, Rahane was out for 13 off O’Keefe, who also discharged wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha in a same over.
Australia paceman Mitchell Starc progressing ripped by India’s tip sequence with dual wickets in 3 balls.
Cheteshwar Pujara was discharged for six, while India captain and batting buttress Virat Kohli was despatched for a two-ball steep on a wicket favoring both gait and spin.
Following Kohli’s lead, Australia skipper Steve Smith used O’Keefe as early as a second over on a dry pitch.
O’Keefe was mostly ineffectual with a new ball, however, before right-arm paceman Josh Hazlewood came on to mangle India’s opening mount in his initial over when he prompted Murali Vijay into circumference a locate behind for 10.
Starc discharged Pujara with a rising smoothness that brushed a batsman’s glove and sailed by to wicketkeeper Matthew Wade.
The meagre throng seemed indifferent to Pujara’s exclusion as they expected a attainment of a renouned Kohli, who recently became a initial batsman to strike 4 double-centuries in as many uninterrupted series.
Onlookers were dumbfounded to overpower dual balls after when a right-hander chased a full and far-reaching smoothness from Starc to offer adult a slight trip locate for his fifth steep in 93 innings and initial given Aug 2014.