Friday, 24 February 2017

Steve O’Keefe’s Six-Fer Inflicts Damage to Bundled Out India for 105

Steve O Keefe Celebrating Rahane's Wkt 
     On day 2 of the first Test, India played the worst they could. If you missed out to watch, here’s as it happened. Things didn’t go well for India; batsmen threw wickets playing irresponsible shots; catches were dropped; and Kohli wasted his review chances time and time again. Rare, in fact for the first time this home season, India let go of thinking they won’t fall. But, in the end it came out to be just their delusion. A sense of overconfidence was apparently visible in the Indian batting line-up as most batsmen lost their wickets playing poor lofty shots on good deliveries. And the dark horse, O’Keefe made the most India’s consistent slip-ups. He was in no mood to cover up for India’s mistakes. He did what he was called up in the team for.

Mitchell Starc out Virat Kohli on 0
     Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazelwood dent India’s top-order. The two lead pacers teamed up to get rid of Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara and skipper Virat Kohli. Vijay (10) went down market and Pujara scored just 6. Kohli couldn’t even get off to the mark losing his wickets on the very second delivery he faced. Starc and Hazelwood shared three wickets between them.

Steve O Keefe Pick up 6 Wkts in Ind Vs Aus Pune Test
     It’s no overstatement to call it O’Keefe’s day. Yes, it is! The left-arm spinner scripted India’s downfall even more brutally than how Umesh Yadav did the day before with four wickets. In the 33rd over of the innings, O’Keefe broke India’s back taking three crucial wickets, which includes well-set Lokesh Rahul (64), Ajinkya Rahane (13), and Wriddhiman Saha (0). Thereafter, no other batsmen could dare to withstand O’Keefe’s magical spell. Bagging quick wickets in succession, Steve O’Keefe took as many as 4 overs thereupon to bundle out the tail. Jayant Yadav, who scored a ton against England bating at no. 9 and received a lot of plaudits in return, could add just 2 runs to the Indian total. Up next was Ravindra Jadeja to get dismissed at 4. He lost his wicket in a bid to loft it for a six. O’Keefe’s six-fer was enough to nip out India for just 105.

Ravichandran Ashwin got 3 wkts in 2nd Innings of Ind Vs Aus test
      David Warner came bat to bat with a clear plan to counter the bowlers as the visitors had a massive 155-run lead. To the start of the innings, he hit two smashing boundaries to Ashwin in the very first over. But, Ashwin sent him back to pavilion at just 10 on the last delivery of the same over. Ashwin hurried up to dismiss three of Australia’s top-order batsmen, including Warner, Marsh and Handscomb. With hosts were struggling 61 for 3, Smith then composed a much-needed unbeaten fifty, thus ending the day at 143 for 4. As the visitors are leading 298 runs with 6 wickets in hands at present, making a comeback would be a rather herculean task for India from here on.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Umesh Yadav Scripts Australia’s Downfall in Pune Test

Australia Won the Toss in India Vs Australia First Test at Pune 
    India Vs Australia first Test, Day one: Despite getting a cautious start, the visitors couldn’t hold on to the match post lunch. As the day rolled by, Australia let it go of going bad to worse. Literally, the fight was on till lunch as no other Australian batsman barring Renshaw (68) and Starc (57*) could move past individual fifties.

Umesh Yadav got 4 Wkts in Ind Vs Aus First Test
      India got the first breakthrough just before lunch and the man to go was in-form David Warner. Not very often is Warner seen playing so much cautiously, but this morning it was quite visible as the southpaw batted much slower than his career’s strike rate. Warner scored 38 off 77 balls at a strike rate of below 50. With Warner’s dismissal comes a dramatic turn in the match. In the 28th over when Umesh Yadav bowled Warner out, another opener Matt Renshaw also went with him to the pavilion due to bad stomach. But, the two had openers given their team 82-run stand till then. At lunch, Australia managed to reach 84/1.

Ravindra Jadeja took 2 wkts on Day one of Ind Vs Aus First Test
     The post lunch session turn the momentum to India’s favor as wickets kept falling at regular interval. Having got a toilsome start to the day, Indian bowlers made a storming comeback with wickets in bunch in the second half. While Umesh Yadav was at his brutal best, the spinners dent the middle order. Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin bagged 2 wickets each. Umesh picked about half of the total wickets fell today. He hunted 4 Australian batsmen at the cost of just 32 runs in 12 overs. On a track where the ball was consistently beating the bat, spinners were made to toil hard in the beginning. Nonetheless, they continued to bowl right line and length and got the apt rewards. Going into tea break, Australia was struggling 153/4.

Mitchell Starc is Not Out on 57 in Pune Test
      The third session of the day was rather disappointing for the visitors as Umesh Yadav scripted their downfall. Spinners too managed to pick crucial wickets to back Umesh. Time when Australia was suffering 205/9, no one had expected the visitors to go past 250-run mark. Mitchell Starc’s hailstorm towards the end provided Australia a sigh relief. He had lifted his side to 256/9 before umpires called off the day’s play.