India vs Australia 1st Test scorecard 2017

An unintimidating, docile and uncharacteristic Australian side led by Steve Smith, had come to India for a four-Test series, which the No. 1-ranked India were overwhelming favourites to win. As opposed to the bitter verbals and sledging that usually precede an India vs Australia Test series, this had a very little aura of a feisty, close match-up. And, at the outset didn’t quite kindle the level of interest India vs Australia contests have over the last couple of decades, because of the preconceived mismatch.

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While the Aussies came into their latest Test tour of India having lost nine Tests on the spin in Asia—a run which began with a 4-0 whitewash in India in February-March 2013, followed by 2-0 and 3-0 Test series drubbings in the UAE (against Pakistan) and Srilanka—India were unbeaten in 19 Tests and had an indomitable look about them. India’s previous Test defeat came on August 15, 2015, against Srilanka in Galle.

The 1st Test of the India vs Australia Test series 2017 was to be played at what was to become the 25th Test venue in India, during an Indian home season that had already witnessed Kanpur, Indore, Rajkot, and Visakhapatnam host Test matches for the first time.

Match facts

India vs Australia 2017, Four-Test Series
Date and time: 9:30 AM
Venue: MCA Stadium, Pune

India vs Australia 2017, 1st Test Scorecard

Toss: won by Steve Smith, who chose to bat first

Pitch report: Hosting its first-ever Test match, the MCA Stadium in Pune delivered a pitch which was not only dry but the top surface was also loose and explosive. Consequently, the spinners from the two teams got plenty of help and the batsmen had to be in survival mode almost always.

Playing XIs

India: Virat Kohli*, Lokesh Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha, Jayant Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, and Umesh Yadav

Australia: Steve Smith*, David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade, Steve O’Keefe, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood

India vs Australia 1st Test scores: Australia 260 all out and 285 all out; India 105 all out and 107 all out. Australia won by 333 runs.

Match result: Australia won the first Test in Pune, against India, by a whopping 333 runs and have gone 1-0 ahead in the four-Test series. Steve O’Keefe was awarded the man of the match for his match figures of 28.1-6-70-12.

Australia’s Batting 1st Innings
Batsmen and dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
Matthew Renshaw

caught Vijay, bowled Ashwin

68 (156) 10 1 43.58
David Warner

bowled Umesh

38 (77) 6 0 49.35
Steve Smith

caught Kohli, bowled Ashwin

27 (95) 2 0 28.42
Shaun Marsh

caught Kohli, bowled Jayant

16 (55) 3 0 29.09
Peter Handscomb

leg before wicket Jadeja

22 (45) 3 0 48.88
Mitchell Marsh

leg before wicket Jadeja

4 (18) 0 0 22.22
Matthew Wade

leg before wicket Umesh

8 (20) 1 0 40.00
Mitchell Starc

caught Jadeja, bowled Ashwin

61 (63) 6 3 96.82
Steve O’Keefe

caught Saha, bowled Umesh

0 (13) 0 0 0.00
Nathan Lyon

leg before wicket Umesh

0 (1) 0 0 0.00
Josh Hazlewood

not out

1 (31) 0 0 3.22
Extras 15 (9 no-balls and 6 leg-byes)
Australia’s total 260 all out in 94.5 overs, at 2.75 runs per over
Australia’s fall of wickets 82/1 (Warner, 27.2), 119/2 (S Marsh, 46.4), 149/3 (Handscomb, 59.2), 149/4 (Smith, 60.1), 166/5 (M Marsh, 67.4), 190/6 (Wade, 75.4), 196/7 (Renshaw, 78.3), 205/8 (O’Keefe, 81.4), 205/9 (Lyon, 81.5), and 260/10 (Starc, 94.5)
India’s Bowling 1st Innings
Bowlers Overs Maidens Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Ishant Sharma 11 0 27 0 2.45
Ravichandran Ashwin 34.5 10 63 3 1.82
Jayant Yadav 13 1 58 1 4.46
Ravindra Jadeja 24 4 74 2 3.08
Umesh Yadav 12 3 32 4 2.66
      India’s Batting 1st Innings
Batsmen and dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
Murali Vijay

caught Wade, bowled Hazlewood

10 (19) 1 0 52.63
Lokesh Rahul

caught Warner, bowled O’Keefe

64 (97) 10 1 65.97
Cheteshwar Pujara

caught Wade, bowled Starc

6 (23) 1 0 26.08
Virat Kohli

caught Handscomb, bowled Starc

0 (2) 0 0 0.00
Ajinkya Rahane

caught Handscomb, bowled O’Keefe

13 (55) 1 0 23.63
Ravichandran Ashwin

caught Handscomb, bowled Lyon

1 (4) 0 0 25.00
Wriddhiman Saha

caught Smith, bowled O’Keefe

0 (2) 0 0 0.00
Ravindra Jadeja

caught Starc, bowled O’Keefe

2 (14) 0 0 14.28
Jayant Yadav

stumped Wade, bowled O’Keefe

2 (10) 0 0 20.00
Umesh Yadav

caught Smith, bowled O’Keefe

4 (11) 0 0 36.36
Ishant Sharma

not out

2 (5) 0 0 40.00
Extras 1 no-ball
India’s total 105 all out in 40.1 overs, at 2.61 runs per over
India’s fall of wickets 26/1 (Vijay, 6.5), 44/2 (Pujara, 14.2), 44/3 (Kohli, 14.4), 94/4 (Rahul, 32.2), 95/5 (Rahane, 32.4), 95/6 (Saha, 32.6), 95/7 (Ashwin, 33.3), 98/8 (Jayant, 36.3), 101/9 (Jadeja, 38.2), and 105/10 (Umesh, 40.1)
Australia’s Bowling 1st Innings
Bowlers Overs Maidens Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Mitchell Starc 9 2 38 2 4.22
Steve O’Keefe 13.1 2 35 6 2.67
Josh Hazlewood 7 3 11 1 1.57
Nathan Lyon 11 2 21 1 1.9
Australia’s Batting 2nd Innings (lead by 155 runs)
Batsmen and dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
David Warner

leg before wicket Ashwin

10 (6) 2 0 166.66
Shaun Marsh

leg before wicket Ashwin

0 (21) 0 0 0.00
Steve Smith

leg before wicket Jadeja

109 (202) 11 0 53.96
Peter Handscomb

caught Vijay, bowled Ashwin

19 (34) 3 0 55.88
Matthew Renshaw

caught Ishant, bowled Jayant

31 (50) 5 0 62.00
Mitchell Marsh

caught Saha, bowled Jadeja

31 (76) 4 1 40.78
Matthew Wade

caught Saha, bowled Umesh

20 (42) 2 0 47.61
Mitchell Starc

caught KL Rahul, bowled Ashwin

30 (31) 2 3 96.77
Steve O’Keefe

caught Saha, bowled Jadeja

6 (42) 1 0 14.28
Nathan Lyon

leg before wicket Umesh

13 (13) 1 1 100.00
Josh Hazlewood

not out

2 (6) 0 0 33.33
Extras 14 (9 leg byes, 4 byes and 1 no-ball)
Australia’s total 285 all out in 87 overs, at 3.27 runs per over
Australia’s fall of wickets 10/1 (Warner, 0.6), 23/2 (S Marsh, 6.6), 61/3 (Handscomb, 20.6), 113/4 (Renshaw, 34.1), 169/5 (M Marsh, 53.2), 204/6 (Wade, 65.6), 246/7 (Smith, 74.5), 258/8 (Starc, 77.6), 279/9 (Lyon, 83.4), and 285/10 (O’Keefe, 86.6)
India’s Bowling 2nd Innings
Bowlers Overs Maidens Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Ravichandran Ashwin 28 3 119 4 4.25
Ravindra Jadeja 33 10 65 3 1.96
Umesh Yadav 13 1 39 2 3.00
Jayant Yadav 10 1 43 1 4.30
Ishant Sharma 3 0 6 0 2.00
      India’s Batting 2nd Innings (target: 441)
Batsmen and dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
Murali Vijay

leg before wicket O’Keefe

2 (23) 0 0 8.69
Lokesh Rahul

leg before wicket Lyon

10 (9) 1 0 111.11
Cheteshwar Pujara

leg before wicket O’Keefe

31 (58) 2 0 53.44
Virat Kohli

bowled O’Keefe

13 (37) 1 0 35.13
Ajinkya Rahane

caught Lyon, bowled O’Keefe

18 (21) 3 0 85.71
Ravichandran Ashwin

leg before wicket O’Keefe

8 (11) 1 0 72.72
Wriddhiman Saha

leg before wicket O’Keefe

5 (13) 1 0 38.46
Ravindra Jadeja

bowled Lyon

3 (11) 0 0 27.27
Jayant Yadav

caught Wade, bowled Lyon

5 (17) 1 0 29.41
Ishant Sharma

caught Warner, bowled Lyon

0 (2) 0 0 0.00
Umesh Yadav

not out

0 (1) 0 0 0.00
Extras 12 (8 byes and 4 leg byes)
India’s total 107 all out in 33.5 overs, at 3.19 runs per over
India’s fall of wickets 10/1 (Vijay, 4.5), 16/2 (KL Rahul, 5.3), 47/3 (Kohli, 16.2), 77/4 (Rahane, 22.3), 89/5 (Ashwin, 24.4), 99/6 (Saha, 28.3), 100/7 (Pujara, 28.5), 102/8 (Jadeja, 31.4), 102/9 (Ishant, 31.6), 107/10 (Jayant, 33.5)
Australia’s Bowling 2nd Innings
Bowlers Overs Maidens Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Mitchell Starc 2 2 0 0 0.00
Nathan Lyon 14.5 2 53 4 3.57
Steve O’Keefe 15 4 35 6 2.33
Josh Hazlewood 2 0 7 0 3.50

Match report

After a gap of over 12 years and 10 Tests, Australia registered a Test victory on Indian soil, bringing an end to the Virat Kohli-led India’s 19-Test unbeaten run. Their victory was built on the back of Steve O’Keefe’s superb match figures of 28.2-6-70-12 and Steve Smith’s 18th Test hundred, which came in the second innings of the Test and helped the Kangaroos set India a mammoth target of 441. What can also not be undervalued is Mitchell Starc’s 63-ball 61, an innings which lifted Australia from 205-9 to 260 in the first innings.

Virat Kohli’s India, though, were shockingly poor all around and suffered a huge drop in standards after what has already been a long, hard home season featuring Tests, ODIs and T20Is. They dropped numerous catches, plenty of which were off Smith’s blade, bowled no-balls which denied them wickets and the Indian batsmen, challenged by a pitch that seemed conducive for the Australian spinners more than it was for the Indian spinners, had no answers whatsoever to O’Keefe and co.

India’s collapse in the first innings, from 94/3 to 105 all out (7-11), was a result of a few poor shots and largely due to unplayable deliveries bowled by O’Keefe, an unexpected hero for the visiting Aussies. And, after conceding a lead of 155 runs, India didn’t recover at all in the Pune Test, which dramatically concluded inside three days, with Australia taking a 1-0 lead in the four-Test series, with the second Test to be played in Bangalore.

On the first morning, given the state of the pitch, Steve Smith won an important toss and chose to bat first. Australia fielded two spinners (Nathan Lyon and O’Keefe) and two pacers (Josh Hazlewood and Starc), with Mitchell Marsh as the all-rounder.

India, on the other hand, made one change to the XI they fielded in the Hyderabad Test against Bangladesh, bringing in Jayant Yadav for the out-of-favour Bhuvneshwar Kumar. India and Kohli didn’t compromise on their philosophy either, of playing four genuine bowlers (Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jayant, and Ravindra Jadeja) and one all-rounder (Ashwin).

The likes of Matthew Renshaw, Peter Handscomb, the Marsh brothers, and Josh Hazlewood were playing their first-ever Tests in India and the Australian side was a young one, of which the expectations were very less.

David Warner and Renshaw gave the visitors a solid opening, putting on 82 for the first wicket before Warner was bowled by Umesh. Kohli, as the fielding captain, was too experimental and aggressive, deploying all three spinners he had at his disposal in the first session of the Test. In addition, the spinners bowled in tandem and the batsmen were allowed to get into a rhythm. But, Umesh, a pacer, was the one who gave India the vital breakthrough of Warner.

After taking Australia’s first wicket, though, India got on a roll and dismissed the other batsmen—particularly Smith, who scored a whopping 769 runs in the four-Test series between these sides in 2014/15 in Australia—quite cheaply. Renshaw, though, impressed one and all with his stroke play and approach against the Indian spinners. He suffered a stomach bug on the first day and had to retire for a couple of hours before resuming his innings again. He went on to make an unforgettable half-century (68) which, again, was crucial in the context of this Test match.

A first innings total of 260 didn’t look daunting on the second morning, when Ashwin picked up the final Australian wicket in just five deliveries.

But India, in their first innings, lost Vijay early and Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli fell in the same over (15th of the innings), to Starc. And, although the 50-run stand between Lokesh Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane for the fourth wicket stabilised the hosts, O’Keefe bowled a magical spell in the middle session on day two, to wrest control of the Test. Rahul top-scored for India not just in the first innings but the entire Test match, with a 97-ball 64.

In their second innings, Australia batted positively and their 155-run lead increased quickly. The Indian bowlers and Kohli never managed to control the flow of runs, and they didn’t help themselves either, by dropping catches off Smith. The Australian captain continued his good run with the bat against India, scoring a century (109) in the second innings and putting Australia in a commanding position in the Test match.

441 was a hugely improbable target to chase down, but disappointingly for India, they went down without a fight. The hosts made just two runs more in the second innings than what they managed in the first innings and lost the Test by a whopping 333 runs.

Statistically, this was India’s second-biggest margin of defeat on their own soil. Australia were also the team to inflict India’s biggest margin of Test defeat, by 342 runs in October 2004 at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur. This victory in Pune is Australia’s first in India since that massive victory.

Steve Smith’s men go into the second Test in Bangalore, which begins on March 4th (Saturday), leading the four-Test series 1-0.

What’s also worth mentioning is that, none of the experts and former players of the two teams had given Australia a chance of even getting on board in this series. But, they are 1-0 up against the No. 1-ranked Indian Test side. Moral: You predict results of sporting events at your own peril!

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