February 25, 2017 8:20:20 am
India vs Australia Updates
1449 hrs IST: GONE! Jayant Yadav allowed the ball to spin and gets a glove and the ball goes up and is taken by Matthew Wade. Umpire raises his finger and the win is complete. Australia beat India by a massive 333 runs
1446 hrs IST: Umesh Yadav is the new man in. The last man in, rather. Jayant Yadav clears the infield and gets a boundary
1438 hrs IST: GONE! Inside edge and Ravindra Jadeja is removed by Nathan Lyon. Didn’t spin as much as the ball two balls prior but with the hosts unable to read the pitch properly, ‘Jaddu’ tries to slash it but ends up getting an inside edge
1436 hrs IST: Steve O’Keefe pretty much toying now. Jayant Yadav strides forward but is beaten and the bails removed – same as the first innings. This time his foot is inside though. Maiden over but the pressure persists
1433 hrs IST: India need 339 runs to win and Australia need 3 wickets. The latter looks the probable outcome. Ravindra Jadeja and Jayant Yadav in the middle. Nathan Lyon from the other end and he has Jadeja beat with a delivery that goes past the outside edge and Wade collects neatly. Light appeal for caught behind
1430 hrs IST: GONE! O’Keefe continues where he left off. Cheteshwar Pujara plays for the spin but the ball straightens and he’s caught leg before. No reviews left for India and the misery continues
1430 hrs IST: Play resumes for the final session on Day 3. India in complete tatters at the moment and a win for Australia doesn’t look too far away.
India are reduced to 99 for the loss of six wickets. This is another collapse for them. Four wickets in hand and seven sessions to survive
1408 hrs IST: WICKET! O’Keefe has another five-for. Saha is giving LBW. And that will be Tea on Day 3 with India at 99 for the loss of six wickets
1404 hrs IST: Dropped! Warner puts down Pujara at leg-slip. Butterfingers. Lyon is the unlucky bowlers. India are 95 for the loss of five wickets
1359 hrs IST:India are 89 for the loss of five wickets now. Saha and Pujara at the crease. This is just disastrous for them. Forget chasing 441 runs, will they survive today?
1355 hrs IST: Review! Australia are reviewing a not out decision of on-field umpire. It’s pad first and then the bat. WICKET! Ashwin has to go as it is all three reds in the review. O’Keefe has 10 wickets in this match. India five down
1350 hrs IST: Onus on Ashwin and Pujara to bat India to safety now. Lyon and O’Keefe are on fire in Pune. Brilliant bowling from both the Australian spinners
1346 hrs IST: WICKET! Ajinkya Rahane caught at covers off O’Keefe. Playing on the up towards covers, straight to cover fielder. O’Keefe gets his ninth wicket in the match. Brilliant bowling
1344 hrs IST: End of the 22nd over and Rahane finishes it with a four! Good shot. India are 76 for the loss of three wickets. O’Keefe to continue
1338 hrs IST: Four! Rahane tries to smash one but gets a thick top edge and it goes over the slip cordon for a four! India are 63 for the loss of three wickets
1335 hrs IST: Australia appeal for a catch at slips. But later realise that Shaun Marsh has dropped it. Replays show there was no bat invovled for Pujara
1332 hrs IST: India are past 50 in the second innings but still have a long way to go in this innings. Can they survive. And they have to survive a lot of time
1327 hrs IST: Once again it is O’Keefe who has put Australia ahead in this innings. India are 49 for the loss of three wickets in the 17th over. Hazlewood to continue with Pujara on strike
1324 hrs IST: WICKET! Big wicket for Australia as Virat Kohli shoulders his arms to an arm ball. Crashes into his off stump. Kohli has to go and India are three down now. Big error in judgement from Kohli. He expected it to turn away from him and leave the off stump. But it never turned
1322 hrs IST: Pujara plays one late and away from the gully fielder. Gets a boundary through the third man region. Indian move on to 45 for the loss of two wickets
1319 hrs IST: It will be Josh Hazlewood into the attack after drinks in Pune. Pujara on strike with India at 41 for the loss of two wickets. India need 400 more runs with 8 wickets in hand
1316 hrs IST: A crunching four through the covers for Virat Kohli! Brilliant shot. Reaching the pitch of the ball then sending it to the ropes. India move on steadily
1312 hrs IST: Pujara and Kohli are playing the wrist game. Reaching the pitch of the ball and then just working it on the leg-side to rotate the strike. It has worked well so far
1307 hrs IST: Another over comes to an end. India move on to 31 for the loss of two wickets. Still need 412 runs to win this match. O’Keefe to contine for Australia
1304 hrs IST: 11 overs bowled in the Indian innings and India are 29 for the loss of two wickets. Pujara and Kohli at the crease for India. Australia continue with Lyon
1300 hrs IST: Lyon is getting huge turn and bounce. Indian batsmen are unable to play the spin of the two spinners. But these are the two of the best India have now.
1257 hrs IST: India are out of reviews as India openers used up the two reviews when they were given out. They can get them back only after 80 overs
1253 hrs IST: All about Kohli and Pujara then. India need their two of the best Test batsmen to stand up and take India to safety in this match. Lyon to bowl for Australia
1248 hrs IST: WICKET! KL Rahul has to go as the impact is umpire’s call. India lose their second wicket. India are 16 for the loss two wickets in chase of 441 runs
1246 hrs IST: Lyon to continue for Australia. Australia have begun well in the second innings as well. KL Rahul on strike for India. Pujara the new man in
1242 hrs IST: Review! Murali Vijay is given LBW by he has reviewed it. WICKET! Vijay has to go. It is hitting wickets at umpire’s call. India lose their first wicket for 10 runs. O’Keefe gets his first wicket
1239 hrs IST: Chance! Lyon gets extra bounce and Rahul gets glove on it but Handscomb cannot hold on to it. Australia make a bowling change and it is Steve O’Keefe
1237 hrs IST: Lyon to continue. He will bowl the fourth over. KL Rahul will be on strike for India. This will be a big big session for India if they want to set the tone for this chase
1234 hrs IST: Starc is steaming in for Australia. Murali Vijay is leaving alone anything directed at him. Just line to line bowling from Starc. Brilliant stuff from the pacer.
1231 hrs IST: Superb first over from Lyon. Asking questions straightaway. India are off the mark and are 6 for no loss. Both batsmen off the mark. Starc to continue
1228 hrs IST: Steve Smith has decided that Nathan Lyon will open the bowling from the other end. Let’s see how this goes as the ball is still new but the pitch is crumbling
1227 hrs IST: Mitchell Starc starts with a maiden over. Murali Vijay happy to leave most outside off stump. India are chasing 441-run target in Pune.
1223 hrs IST: Australia team is out in the middle for the Indian innings.The Indian openers are also walking out to the middle for the chase of 441 runs. Mitchell Starc to bowl
Only a positive start and then continuing to bat positively can give India some hope in this match. eight sessions left in this match, India have to find a way to bat out or chase down the total
India have a massive task at hand. Never before a target of 400 chase down in India. It has been done only once in Asia. Can the Indian batting line-up pull it off and create history?
1143 hrs IST: Australia bowled out for 285 as umpire gives O’Keefe out caught behind. He has reviewed it but he is walking off as well. UltraEdge shows that there was a big edge. Australia are bowled out but India need 441 runs to win this match
1140 hrs IST: The last Australian pair is frustraing India. They have held together and taken Australia are 284 for the loss of nine wickets. Jadeja to continue for India
1134 hrs IST: The play has been extended by half-an-hour as Australia have lost 9 wickets. Hazlewood and O’Keefe have to survive the 25 minutes in Pune
1131 hrs IST: WICKET! Umesh Yadav has got Nathan Lyon LBW. Umesh continues his good work and he once again gets a wicket. Bring it slightly into the batsman and it is straight on to his pads. Plumb in front for Umesh. Australia 9 down
1130 hrs IST: Umesh Yadav to bowl the final over before Lunch. Lyon on strike. Australia are still on 279 for 8. Can Umesh bowl out Australia in this over?
1126 hrs IST: SIX! Lyon sweeps and Umesh catches it at the square-leg fence. But Umesh goes over as he could not stop himself from running over. Australia move on to 279 for 8
1123 hrs IST:Australia are 269 for the loss of eight wickets. The lead is now 424 runs. Ashwin to continue with seven minutes to go for Lunch. Australia are in command
1121 hrs IST: Every run from here is a punishment for India. And Lyon has just hit a four! Jadeja bowling. Reviews are back for India as 80 overs completed in Pune
1118 hrs IST: Ashwin will be bowling again after that Jadeja over. Australia lead is now 414 runs. Australia are 259 for the loss of eight wickets. 12 minutes for Lunch in Pune
1115 hrs IST: WICKET! Starc is gone. Caught at deep mid-wicket after he tries another slog. Starc’s cameo of 30 runs off 31 balls comes to an end. Ashwin with a carrom ball and Starc hits it straight to KL Rahul in the deep
1113 hrs IST: Starc is not holding back. There are five men on the boundary but he is still going for the shot. Australia are already past 250. Ashwin again to Starc
1110 hrs IST: End of the Ashwin over and India do not let Starc to keep the strike. O’Keefe will be on strike with Jadeja bowling. Australia lead by 407 runs
1109 hrs IST: WOW! Starc slogs and he has connected it. Massive six over mid wicket. Just massive. Lead is now 407 runs. Starc has shown it again that he can bat
1108 hrs IST: Steve O’Keefe and Mitchell Starc are the two batsmen at the crease for Australia. Ashwin will bowl for India now. The lead is 401 runs. Starc on strike
1105 hrs IST: WICKET! Jadeja has got the wicket of Smith but he has reviewed it. Pitching outside off and impact is in line. That is crashing into the stumps. Smith has to go after a wonderful innings of 109 runs
1103 hrs IST: Three runs for Australia in the over. Their lead is now 399 runs. When will Ausrralia declare? Smith batting on 108 and on strike as Jadeja comes on to bowl
1100 hrs IST: SIX! Starc goes big and clears the long-on fence for six. Will he go for the assault again? Australia’s lead is now 396 runs
1058 hrs IST: Starc adding to the the agony of India. He gets one past the point fielder and that goes for four. Their lead is past 390. Indians are frustrated
1053 hrs IST: HUNDRED! Steve Smith has done! Century number 18th in Test cricket. Punches it through the off side and comes back for the second run. A punch in the air and the dressing room give him a standing ovation! What a knock this has been
1052 hrs IST: Steve Smith moves on to 98* now. Cuts one through point for four! Brilliant shot and placement from the Australian captain
1050 hrs IST: Umesh Yadav with another good over. Just the single for Smith in that over. Starc defends the remaining deliveries. Jadeja to continue with Smith on strike and on 94*
1046 hrs IST: Steve Smith with keep the strike as he takes a single off the final delivery off the Jadeja over. He moves on to 93 and Australia to 219 for 6. Their lead is worth 374 runs
1044 hrs IST: Starc has smoked one through covers for four! Just beautiful to look as he drove it. Australia move on to 218 for the loss of six wickets. Jadeja back on to bowl for India
1040 hrs IST: End of another good over for Australia. Starc is the new man for Australia. Smith is on 91*. Umesh Yadav to continue for India
1037 hrs IST: First ball after drinks and Smith drives it through covers for four! He moves on to 89*. Jayant Yadav proving costly for India. He has to learn from this bowling effort
1033 hrs IST: WICKET! Matthew Wade is caught behind and this time he decides to walk off. He did now walk off previously he does this time. Goes for the drive away from body and is caught behind. Drinks called in Pune
1030 hrs IST: Not out! India appeal for caught behind but umpire says not out. Virat Kohli and the slip fielders are pleading. Wade pointing to his thigh! UltraEdge shows he has edged it. India do not have reviews
1029 hrs IST: Australia are currently at 202 for 5. Tehir lead is worth 357 runs. How much more should they bat? Smith hundred just 15 runs away
1026 hrs IST: 200 up for Australia now. Their lead is past 350. Smith is approaching a hundred. India’s shoulders dropping in Pune as the day progresses
1024 hrs IST: An appeal for caught behind from India against Wade but umpire is not interested. Replays show no edge. India do not have a review left.
1021 hrs IST: 17 overs have been bowled in this session from India and it is not even the end of first hour! Great over rate but only one wicket so far! Umesh Yadav to continue
1017 hrs IST: KL Rahul with a throw from the deep but he is holding his shoulder again! Looks in some pain. He was in pain yesterday as well. Not good signs for India
1014 hrs IST: Four! Short and wide from Jayant and Wade it at a perfect height to cut it. He does that nicely as well. Away from the fielder. Boundary for him as Jayant varies his length
1012 hrs IST: End of the 60th over of the Australian innigns and they have moved on to 184 for the loss of five wickets. Just the two runs in that Umesh over. Jayant to bowl the next over
1008 hrs IST: Double bowling change for India. Umesh Yadav replaces Jadeja from the other end. Smith on strike with Australia at 182 for the loss of five wickets
1005 hrs IST: First change in bowling this morning! Virat Kohli replaces Ashwin with Jayant Yadav. Similar bowler but with a lot less variation than Ashwin
1004 hrs IST: Wade trying the sweep shot. He has connected once but failed to do it the next time. Can be very productive if he makes it work. But against Jadeja it will be difficult
1002 hrs IST: Surprisingly, there is no turn for Ashwin. His deliveries are going straight rather than turning. Easily played by both Smith and Wade.
0959 hrs IST: There is the attacking mode from Smith. Down the pitch and lofts it over mid-wicket for a four! Brilliant shot to release the pressure. He moves on to 77 now
0957 hrs IST: A single to Steve Smith in that over. Ashwin bowled a tight line but Smith used his feat to come down the track and play it. Australia move on to 172 for 5 and it will be Jadeja to continue
0953 hrs IST: A successful over from Jadeja comes to an end. Matthew Wade in the new batsmen for Ausrralia. They are 171 for the loss of five wickets and lead by 326 runs
0951 hrs IST: WICKET! Mitch Marsh has edged one behind. Jadeja strikes. Finally in his 21st over, Jadeja gets a wicket. That kept a bit low but Marsh gets a feather and Saha takes a good catch. He did not appeal though. It was Jadeja who appealed and Marsh walked off instantly
0948 hrs IST: 53 overs bowled in the Australian innings and they are 165 for the loss of four wickets. Their lead in worth 320 runs now. Jadeja to continue
0946 hrs IST: Jadeja is finishing his over under a minute! That is just unreal. Ashwin is taking his time though. Smith and Marsh are taking on Australia to a secure total
0943 hrs IST: Smith has used his feet well while Marsh has been stand and delivery kind of batsman. Jadeja to continue for India. This partnership is going strong for Australia
0941 hrs IST: Another backfoot punch from Marsh. Standing tall to Ashwin. Second time Marsh has done that and he has got two fours for it. No hurries for Australia so far
0938 hrs IST: It’s turning sharply for Jadeja which means the batsmen can always pull out of the shot and that is what Smith is doing. Too sharp a turn to pick a wicket
0936 hrs IST: First boudary of the day! Marsh stands tall and punches the ball through point-cover region. Good timing and the fielder can not stop it. 150 up for Australia.
0935 hrs IST: That was a quick over from Jadeja. That is a maiden over as well. Australia remain at 147 for 4 and Ashwin will continue for India. Smith on strike for Australia
0933 hrs IST: Ravindra Jadeja will start from the other end. And he gets sharp turn straight up. Beating Marsh all ends up. Brilliant bowling from Jadeja
0932 hrs IST: Decent over from Ashwin. Australia will be looking for some quick runs. First session will be the best to bat as the pitch is rolled up. Smith and Marsh can some big shots
0929 hrs IST: Ashwin will start the bowling for India. Australia captain Steve Smith will be on strike. He has had a fair share of luck as India fielders dropped as many as four catches
0928 hrs IST: Indian team in a huddle before the start of play in Pune. Australia’s Steve Smith and Mitchell Marsh also out in the middle. They are resuming at 143 for the loss of four wickets
0926 hrs IST: Here’s the summary of the match – Australia made 260 in the first innings and India were going decently at 94 for 3 before Steve O’Keefe picked up six wickets and India lost last 7 wickets for 11 runs were bowled out for 105. Australia took a lead of 155 runs and extended it to 298 at stumps on day two
0921 hrs IST: Australia in firm control in Pune. Who would’ve thought that the visitors will be hoping to beat India by the third evening only in the first Test of the four-match series
0918 hrs IST: 15 wickets fell on day two on the dry Pune pitch. If Australia want to finish this Test today, they need to pick those ten Indian wickets today. Will it happen?
0915 hrs IST: 15 minutes to start of day’s play. Shane Warne says “Australia will be bowled out in the first session for 65 runs and Steve Smith will miss out on his first hundred in India.”
0912 hrs IST: Sunil Gavaskar says “Cracks on the pitch have opened up a lot. There are too many rough spots on the pitch. Indian batsmen need to watchout”
0907 hrs IST: The pitch in Pune has become a dustbowl. Batsmen from neither side will be happy to bat on a virtual day five pitch on only the third day. But it will be the Indian batsmen who have to do all the hard work
0901 hrs IST: Half an hour to live action in Pune. Another hot day and the crowd will also hope for a Inida fightback and a miracle. The batsmen have to really step up and somehow bat for two days
0858 hrs IST: Jadeja bowled some superb spinning deliveries but Australian batsmen negotiated the spin and turn. Even the young batsmen like Handscomb and Renshaw also impressed
0855 hrs IST: Ashwin picked up the three wickets in the second innings of Australia but that was not enough as Australia extended the lead. Steve Smith anchored the innings with an unbeaten fifty
0850 hrs IST: Before Australia landed in India, there was a lot of talk about how difficult they will find to tackle Indian spinners on trurning tracks in India. But on Friday, it was a completely different story
0845 hrs IST: Steve O’Keefe bowled brilliant spell in the second session and picked six wickets in the Indian innings.
0840 hrs IST: India will once again depend on their spinner to pick the remaining Australian wickets, in case the visitors decide to bat on and score large runs
0827 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to the coverage of third day’s play of the first Test between India and Australia from Pune. Australia will resume the day at 143 for 4 and with a 298-run lead over India in the second innings
India have well been outplayed in the first Test by Australia, as the visitors are on track to set a huge target for India in Pune. India suffered their worst ever collapse, losing their last seven wickets for just 11 runs, to get bowled out for 105 runs in the first innings. Australia, taking a lead of 155 runs in the first innings, extended it to 298 runs at close of play on day two of the first Test in Pune. Steve Smith and Mitchell Marsh were the two unbeaten batsmen for Australia and they will resume at 143 for 4 on day three. They will like to add some quick runs and take the lead close to 400 runs before asking India to chase it down with more that two-and-a-half day still remaining in the Test.
With survival becoming a huge task, India will hope for a miracle to save this Test, first of the four-match series. Batting last on a pitch that has not let any batsman settle down with an uphill task and it will be the same for the home batsmen. Steve O’Keefe showed how can a spinner exploit the conditions. The cheif destroyer of the Indian innings took six wickets for only 35 runs, picking three wickets a single over to run through the Indian middle order. Playing his first Test in India, O’Keefe did not let the Indian batsmen settle down and bowled some good overs.
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