Australia v India Tests
7 for 11: Thirty-eight minutes of carnage
A wicket-by-wicket recap as Australia's spinners destroy India's batting order in the first Test
Sam Ferris at the MCA Stadium, Pune
24 February 2017, 10:01 PM AEST
India have suffered a seismic collapse in the afternoon session on day two in Pune, losing 7-11 in 47 balls to be all out for 105 in the first Test.
Left-arm spinner Stephen O’Keefe was the architect of India’s downfall, taking 6-5 in 24 balls to stun the vocal crowd and dismiss the hosts for their second-lowest total ever against Australia on home soil.
India have never suffered a seven-wicket collapse as bad as their 7-11 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium; the next ‘best’ of 7-18 coming against New Zealand in Christchurch in February, 1990.
Here’s a blow-by-blow account of an incredible 38 minutes in Pune.
12.37pm: 4-94 Rahul c Warner b O'Keefe 32.2 overs
O’Keefe begins the rot with the wicket of opener KL Rahul for 64. Rahul had previously injured his shoulder when hitting Steve O'Keefe for a straight six. The right-hander looked to repeat the damage, but his mistimed lofted drive found David Warner at wide long-off. To add injury to insult, Rahul dropped to his knees in agony after completing the shot, clutching at his damaged wing.
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12.41pm: 5-95 Rahane c Handscomb b O'Keefe 32.4 overs
Two balls later, O’Keefe removes Ajinkya Rahane with a beauty that straightens down the line of leg stump and squares up the batsman. Rahane’s edge flies low and to the right of Peter Handscomb at second slip, who pulls off a blinder to reel in the catch just inches off the ground.
12.43pm: 6-95 Saha c Smith b O'Keefe 32.6 overs
O’Keefe finishes the over with the wicket of wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha, who looks to leave a straighter ball from the left-arm spinner. Saha could only watch as the ball found the outside edge on its way to the safe hands of Steve Smith at first slip, via the leg of keeper Matthew Wade.
12.48pm: 7-95 Ashwin c Handscomb b Lyon 33.3 overs
Nathan Lyon gets in on the act by removing No.6 and off-spin rival Ravichandran Ashwin. Playing back, Ashwin edges Lyon onto his left boot, with the ball bobbing up to Handscomb at short leg. The Victorian replicated his tremendous catch of Rahane to send Ashwin packing, diving full-length to complete the wicket.
12.58pm: 8-98 Jayant st Wade b O'Keefe 36.3 overs
A serious piece of work by gloveman Matthew Wade has Jayant Yadav stumped for two. Playing forward to O’Keefe, the right-hander is beaten on the outside edge and can’t get his right toe back behind the popping crease before Wade whips off the bails.
1.07pm: 9-101 Jadeja c Starc b O'Keefe 38.2 overs
Ravindra Jadeja is the next to go, holing out to Mitchell Starc at wide long-on. The left-hander comes down the wicket looking for maximum but falls 20 yards short. His wicket gives O’Keefe five for the innings and puts Australia within one blow of batting again with a huge lead.
1.15pm: 10-105 Umesh c Smith b O'Keefe 40.1 overs
It’s all over when Umesh Yadav tries to hoick O’Keefe out of the ground but can manage only a thick edge to Smith at first slip, who takes a tidy catch in front of his face. O’Keefe finishes with figures of 6-35, the best haul by an Australian in India since Lyon’s 7-94 four years ago.