Saturday, 25 February 2017

O’Keefe Spins Australia To 333-Run Win Over India


Australia beat a hapless India to register their first Test win in India since 2004 and take 1-0 lead in the four-match series in Pune on Saturday.

Chasing 441 on Day 3 of the first Test, India crashed to 107 all out - two less than what skipper Steve Smith scored in Australia’s second innings - to suffer a 333-run defeat.

The crushing loss is India’s first at home in 19 Tests, reports TOI.

Australian spin twins Steve O’Keefe (6/35) and Nathan Lyon (4/53) combined to end India’s misery in 33.5 overs on a surface where the two teams put up contrasting performances.

O’Keefe finished with excellent match figures of 12/70 - the best by an Australian spinner in India.

That Australia were able to subject India to one of their worst defeats in Test cricket was largely the work of O'Keefe and a fighting century from Smith.

India were outplayed in every department. They would be more hurt by the fact that it were the visiting spinners who exploited the conditions better, imparting less spin unlike the Indian spinners who constantly beat the outside edge without success.



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