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  • 3:31 PM IST

    There is a lot to be written, some food before that will not be a bad idea. We will have a lot for you to read in some time. I will, meanwhile, leave you with this:

  • 3:28 PM IST

    Stephen O’Keefe comes across as a polite man. He did not come across as someone who was swayed with what he has achieved; instead, he talked about how big the next three matches are going to be after getting the Man of the Match award. He was the architect of Australia’s win in a game which was prepared tailor-made for India to come and claim…

  • 3:01 PM IST

    Identical figures of 6 for 35 for Steven O’Keefe in both the innings as he registers the best-ever figures by an Australian bowler in India in history. An outstanding effort by a player who will now hog all the limelight, more than the likes of Kohli and Smith, for a few days to come.

  • 2:53 PM IST

    This is called ‘timing’

  • 2:51 PM IST

    First defeat for India at home since December 2012.

    First defeat for Virat Kohli as Test captain. The margin, by 333 runs, will hurt the world No. 1 team for sure.

  • 2:50 PM IST

    It is ALL OVER! Australia win the first Test by 333 runs and take a very crucial 1-0 lead in this four-Test series. What a performance this has been for a team which was coming off 9 consecutive defeats in the Indian subcontinent!

  • 2:42 PM IST

    Fourth wicket for Nathan Lyon, Ishant Sharma is caught bat-pad at leg slip. Australia are one wicket away from a massive win.

  • 2:41 PM IST

    A wicket for Nathan Lyon! He is so far behind O’Keefe at the moment. O’Keefe has taken 12 in this game so far, and Lyon has taken only 3. India set to register their yet another lowest Test total after Ravindra Jadeja chops one on to his stumps.

  • 2:35 PM IST

    Confirmation! Stephen O’Keefe has registered the best bowling figures by an Australian bowler playing Test cricket in India! He took 6 for 35 in the first innings and so far he has grabbed 6 for 34!

  • 2:33 PM IST

    The numbers game…

  • 2:33 PM IST

    SIX WICKETS in each innings for Stephen O’Keefe who has rattled India and put Australia on the brink of a very famous victory. Australia had lost all of their last 9 Tests in the Indian subcontinent, and then they produce this.

  • 2:31 PM IST

    WICKET! We begin the second session with O’Keefe trapping Pujara leg-before wicket and this tweet saying exactly what should be said:

  • 2:17 PM IST

    India prepared a wicket thinking they will run over Australia within a few days. But the tables have turned and how! India are struggling to get to even 150 on a wicket where Australia made 250+ in both the innings. This kind of mauling is seen very rarely in case of world No. 1 teams. WOW.

  • 2:12 PM IST

    It’s tea, with India tottering at an abasing total of 99 for 6. They were 94 for 4 in the first innings when the procession began and India had folded up for 105. O’Keefe has not just rattled India, he has single-handedly demolished the world No. 1 team in their backyard, on the wicket which they prepared to hunt down Australia.

  • 2:10 PM IST

    GONE! No repeat of that effort as Wriddhiman Saha walks back after being trapped leg-before by Stephen O’Keefe. A five-wicket haul in the second innings and a 10-wicket haul already.

  • 2:08 PM IST

    By the way, India still have a ray of hope. Pujara and Saha had got together in the Irani Cup final not far away from Pune, that is, in Mumbai, to take Rest of India from 63 for 4 to a 6-wicket win against Gujarat, chasing 379. This happened in mid January. Saha had scored his maiden double century and captaining ROI, Pujara had made a fine unbeaten hundred.

    Will there be an encore? There should be, no one wants India to go down without putting up a fight.

  • 2:03 PM IST

    A proud moment for every Australian I suppose. Well done, Stephen O’Keefe!

  • 2:01 PM IST

    Michael Clarke, spelling errors, and even pronunciation errors are close friends. He deleted this tweet and included a few emoticons in the next.

  • 1:57 PM IST

    O’Keefe continues to trouble Indian batsmen. A DRS review has been taken against Ravichandran Ashwin when he prodded forward and the ball hit the…. bat or pad? I cannot decide. Let’s see the reviews. Meanwhile, Ashwin had got two boundaries last over off Lyon, the second one being hit in the air and dropping close to the mid off fielder.

    Pad first, says the third umpire. The ball was straight, Australia get their review RIGHT! Ashwin has fallen, fourth wicket in the innings and 10th in the game for Stephen O’Keefe.

  • 1:47 PM IST

    WICKET! Like it said, it was only a matter of time. The idea to keep getting runs also makes batsmen play strokes which they ideally will not, if they are not under pressure. A soft, rather poor dismissal for Ajinkya Rahane, who lobs it straight to extra cover. Australia are all over their hosts right now. Who’d have thought about this Australian team turning up so well?

  • 1:44 PM IST

    Rahane and Pujara have resumed in the same manner Kohli and Pujara were going on. I think it is only a matter of time when another wicket falls, the pitch continues to test the best batsmen and Steven Smith is standing tall above them all with that superb hundred earlier today.

  • 1:25 PM IST

    WICKET! What has Kohli done here! He has shouldered arms on a ball pitched on the line of off-stump thinking it would turn. A horrible mistake from such a fine batsman! The ball does not turn, holds up its line and crashes into the middle of the off-stump. India in tatters, is this game ending today?

  • 1:21 PM IST

    Change in the bowling attack since Smith felt spin was not working. Josh Hazlewood is into the attack, hiding the ball as he runs in. Expect some reverse swing. Yet another tough test for these two Indian batsmen. No wicket for the last 10 overs, which implies India are holding up well and Australia need to keep thinking to get breakthroughs….

  • 1:13 PM IST

    Look how animated as well as ferocious O’Keefe was in that appeal. Brilliant from Smith to not budge to the pressure created on him by his bowler.

  • 1:10 PM IST

    Terrific stuff from Australia. Kohli lands up in a similar scene which Smith was in this morning. Was it bat first or the pad? O’Keefe wanted Australia to review. He was ferocious in appeal and pushy for a review. Smith kept asking for clarity, and took the call to NOT take the review. India, by now, would have wasted one already.

  • 1:07 PM IST

    It all boils down to how India’s two best batsmen — Cheteshwar Pujara (most runs this Indian First-Class season) and Virat Kohli (over a thousand runs in Test cricket this season) — go about their business. So far, there have been a few chances for Australia to pounce upon but they have batted with a lot of positivity.

  • 12:55 PM IST

    India will now bat 73 overs — if they last that long — to get their DRS counter revised.

  • 12:54 PM IST

    Such a poor call by Rahul to review that. The ball WAS going to hit the wickets, the umpire HAD adjudged you OUT. There is Virat Kohli, India’s biggest hope, yet to bat and you decide to exhaust the second review as well? Pay the price now.

  • 12:50 PM IST

    WICKET! India take their second review inside the first 6 over. Pathetic call for DRS I’d say. Lyon’s delivery stays low, Rahul goes on the backfoot and is hit in front of the wickets. The impact was outside off, but DRS showed it was hitting the wickets. UMPIRE’S CALL is the correct one and Rahul walks back. India’s love-hate relationship with DRS continues?

  • 12:44 PM IST

    OUT! Vijay has been struck on the pads right in front of the wickets, O’Keefe is the bowler who had earlier replaced Mitchell Starc. Vijay discusses with Rahul, and reviews it. No bat involved, the ball held its line rather. An anxious, long wait for the ball tracking to show up. It shows the ball was clipping the leg-stump, and it’s UMPIRE’S CALL. India lose Vijay and a review.

    Vijay prodded forward to defend it, but the ball went straight and did not turn, as he would have anticipated. The ball hit him in the line of middle and leg stump. A wicket in his first over for O’Keefe, his seventh in the game.

Australia are leading by 298 runs with 6 wickets left © IANS
Australia are leading by 298 runs with 6 wickets left © IANS

Hello, good morning and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates post of the third day’s play between India and Australia in the ongoing opening Test, of their four-match series. The match is being played at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Ground in Pune, and this is Devarchit Varma bringing you the live cricket scores and updates of the match. Australia have the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2016-17 in their firm control, as they had an overall lead of 298 runs against India at stumps on the second day. Steven Smith was batting on 59, accompanied by Mitchell Marsh on 21 not out. Live Cricket  Scorecard: India vs Australia 1st Test at at Pune

At stumps, Australia were leading by 298 runs in the second innings. Wickets fell throughout the day at regular intervals, which started off with Mitchell Starc, the overnight batsman, being dismissed in the first over from Ravichandran Ashwin. Australia were bowled out for 260, and India had a good opportunity to bat long and big and put the visitors in pressure. However, Josh Hazlewood claimed the wicket of Murali Vijay early on, which somehow opened the floodgates. Starc returned in his second spell to get rid of Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara in a space of four deliveries, which pegged back India completely.

Kohli registered his first duck at home when he chased one outside off and was caught at the first slip. Pujara got a bouncer which looked unplayable, and soon India were tottering at 44 for 3. KL Rahul, who top scored with 64, teamed up with Ajinkya Rahane to take India forward. India were going steady at 94 for 3, from where they suffered a batting collapse and were bowled out for 105.

Steve O’Keefe claimed 6 for 35, whereas Peter Handscomb made a very useful contribution with three catches, two of which were outstanding one-handed efforts. India’s 105 is now their fifth lowest in their bilateral history against Australia.

In their reply, Australia started nervously. David Warner hit two boundaries and was dismissed in the first over from Ravichandran Ashwin, whereas Shaun Marsh fell for a 21-ball duck in which he did not look to score at all. India continued to remain poor, as they spilled as many as four catches and wasted both their reviews. Three of these lifelines went in the favour of Steven Smith, who was unbeaten on 59 alongside Mitchell Marsh on 21 at stumps.


India: KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav.

Australia: Matt Renshaw, David Warner, Steven Smith (c), Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade (wk), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Stephen O’Keefe, Josh Hazlewood