O'Keefe's six puts Australia in command against India

Matt Renshaw

"If we were close enough to their first innings total, the bowlers' mindset would be different in the second innings". Australia scored 260 and 285.

India made day two look like a sunny morning on a beach in Goa, as the batsmen caved in quicker than a sand castle in a storm on day three of the first Test match against Australia in Pune.

Warner, who had tackled the Indian spinners with good feet movement, was the first of Umesh's four victims, falling to a good length delivery that hit the bat en route to stumps just before the lunch break.

It brings us to another important but unpleasant aspect of the game: introspection.

India were finally dismissed for 107 as Virat Kohli's men were given a rude reality check on their home soil by the visitors in the first Test.

So what is in store for Day 3? Chasing an unlikely 441 to win, India were in danger of losing inside three days when they took tea at 99/6 on Saturday. However, this Test has progressed at such a pace that Day 2 could very well turn out to be the moving day of the game.

Australia began its second innings with Shaun Marsh opening the batting in place of Mark Renshaw, who had to wait until 1.58pm local time to come to the crease, after spending time off the oval due to illness when Australia was fielding.

O'Keefe and Nathan Lyon delighted in the crumbling deck, combining for four wickets in the space of eight balls. "It would be interesting to see what they come up with in Bangalore", Smith told the media. The best thing about Nathan is that he takes that in his stride and we're willing to communicate in how we can improve and we do that throughout the match.

"I messed up my opportunity on the Sri Lankan tour, and I thought the Indian tour was out of reach", O'Keefe said.

The match is the first in a four-Test series between the world's two top-ranked sides. Their star-studded (excuse the cliche) team hasn't lost a Test at home since 2012. He became only the second player to have best identical figures, after BS Chandra (5 for 52 vs Australia in 1977-78).

Matt Renshaw had to be withdrawn from a Test match after suffering a knock on his head and subsequently, suffering from concessions.

Lyon would then pick up the final wicket as well, bat-pad to dismiss Jayant and the Aussies wrapped up a massive, massive win, their first on these shores since 2004.

India's in-form batting lineup inexplicably collapsed against Steve O'Keefe's straighter deliveries to get bundled out for just 105 runs from 40.1 overs.



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