1. Aus-143/4 | Cricket Score, India vs Australia, Pune Test Updates: Steven Smith’s fifty puts India on backfoot

Aus-143/4 | Cricket Score, India vs Australia, Pune Test Updates: Steven Smith’s fifty puts India on backfoot

Ind vs Aus 1st Test, Cricket Score: Here are the score update from the 1st Test match between India and Australia at the Maharashtra Cricket Stadium, Pune.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: February 25, 2017 5:52 AM
Cricket Score: Ravichandran Ashwin celebrating a wicket. (Source: PTI)

Cricket Score, India vs Australia 1st Test Day 2, Stumps: It has been Australia’s day, Steven Smith led from the front and ensured that his side takes a huge lead over India. Once the bowlers restricted the visitors for just 260 runs, Virat Kohli would have hoped that winning this game would be a cakewalk for his side but Steve O’Keefe had a different plan altogether. He trapped India in its own spin web and finished with incredible figures of 35/6 helping Australia to bowl India out for just 105 runs. After taking the lead of 155 runs in the first innings, Smith batted beautifully to take the further away from the hosts. Only a miracle can save the match for India from here.

Australia’s lead is now 298 runs and they still have 6 wickets left. It is going to be very tough for the hosts to make a comeback here but nothing is impossible in cricket, especially if you have Virat Kohli in your team. But, he’ll need support from the other batsmen as well. Somebody will have to pull off a VVS Laxman against on Day 3 at Pune, can Rahane do it? Or, will it be Pujara? It will be interesting to find out.

Here are the Cricket Score Updates from India vs Australia 1st Test match being played at Pune:

6;30 PM: Not too many people were expecting this sort of performance from the Aussies:

5:15 PM: Cheteshwar Pujara is back in the nets, he won’t let this match go so easy:

5:02 PM: Rockstar Jadeja did a Steven Smith:

4:50 PM: Australia has batted better than India so far:

4:15 PM: This is a superb inning from Steven Smith, pure class from the Australian captain! On a wicket where all the batsmen have struggled so far, Steve is scoring runs effortlessly. He is showing why he is the number 1 Test batsman in the world.

4:00 PM: Shane Warne takes a jibe at the former England captain Michale Vaughan:

3:45 PM: OUT! Jayant Yadav gets the big wicket of Matt Renshaw. There was no need for that shot, he tried to clear the rope but was caught on the boundary rope. The youngster will learn from these experiences, all he had to do was support his captain.

3:37 PM: Its been a tough one hour for India where the fielders have Steven Smith to play India out of the match. The current partnership is of 47 runs and Australia has taken its lead to 264. The game is going away from Virat Kohli and team with every single run.

3:25 PM: If Virat Kohli is the best of this generation, Steven Smith isn’t far away from him:

3:08 PM: Despite getting a good start with the ball in the second innings, the match is slowly getting away from India. The problem for Virat Kohli is that his side conceded a lead of 155 runs in the 1st innings and even if they are able to restrict the visitors for less than 150 runs, the target will be in the excess of 300 runs which is an above par score on this pitch.

2:56 PM: 24 overs have been bowled so far and we are yet to see a bowling change from Virat Kohli. He is putting too much load on Ashwin and Jadeja but the Indian captain knows that this is his best chance to save the match.

2:45 PM: R Ashwin strikes early after the tea break, exactly what India wanted. Handscomb is gone for 19 but the big wicket, Steven Smith is still out there. “The series is a long way from over but winning the first Test will be a great step forward from this young Aust team,” says Michael Clarke.

2:20 PM: Tea, Day 2: A great session for India. Some respite for Virat Kohli after brilliant spells from R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. They managed to get rid of both openers. However, India cannot relax at any moment in this match now. They should look to bowl out the Australian side for less than 150 which as chasing anything over 300 on this wicket is next to impossible.

2:00 PM: Shaun Marsh got out without opening his account today. Here is an interesting stat about the left-handed batsman. He scores a duck in every 5 innings which is 8th worst for any batsman with at least 25 innings in top 7.

1:45 PM: A lot is already being said about the pitch. Yes, this isn’t the easiest of the wickets to bat on but it certainly not an impossible pitch to bat on either. As a batsman, you just need to apply yourself well and don’t throw your wicket once you are in. Matt Renshaw in the first innings and KL Rahul in the second showed that you can score runs at a good pace one you are set.

1:30 PM: Gone! Ashwin strikes, It’s not over for India yet. He picks the big wicket of David Warner. This is Test cricket at its best, Warner had hit Ashwin for two boundaries in the over and the offie replied in style.

1:20 PM: That’s it! It’s all over for India. Steve O’Keefe finishes with 6 wickets in his 4th Test. An incredible spell of bowling was enough to restrict India for just 105 runs. Virat Kohli would be gutted with batsmen, it is as bad as it could have been. Aussies have the lead of 155 runs now. Indian camp will look at the Eden Garden heroics for a comeback from here.

1:00 PM: Another wicket down for India, Jayant Yadav is stumped by Matthew Wade off Steve O’Keefe. Monty Panesar would be having a laugh in the dressing room, he did it against India in 2012 and now he is making SOC do it today. Left-arm spinners are always an asset in India.

12:52 PM: More than the bowlers, this collapse has to do with a poor pitch and the bad shot selection from the Indian batsmen. This looks like a wicket of the 80s when the ball used to start turning on the 1st Day itself. The curator will certainly come under scrutiny if India loses the match.

12:46 PM: OUT! O’Keefe wasn’t done yet, he got rid of Saha and on the very next ball, Nathan Lyon got rid of R Ashwin. Australia is on top on, they are pumped up.

12:43 PM: Brilliant stuff from the Australian team, India is in deep trouble. Steve O’Keefe has dismissed both KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane in the same over. Rahul played a loose stroke while Rahane got out to a stunning catch by Peter Handscomb. The new batsman in is Wriddhiman Saha who joins R Ashwin on this wicket. India needs something special here.

12:30 PM: It’s been a good start for India post lunch session. KL Rahul has scored his 2nd Test half-century, he already has 4 Test tons to his name and going by that conversion rate, another one might be on cards today. The partnership is now of 49 runs from 96 balls.

11:55 AM: Never seen an Australian side dominate a session like this in India in last one decade:

11:35 AM: Lunch Day 1: It was certainly Australia’s session as the bowlers managed to pick three very important wickets of Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli. They have made up for the failure of their batsmen and have put the side in a very strong position. However, in order to win the game or totally dominate it, spinners need to come good which didn’t happen in the first session of Day 2. Neither Nathan Lyon nor Steve O’Keefe were able to pick wicket despite sharing 12 overs amongst them.

As far as India is considered, KL Rahul has looked good so far. This is one of those days when you can make out that Rahul is in a good touch from the very first ball. He still has Ajinkya Rahane with him on the other end and he has take the team out from situations many times in the past. The lower middle-order including Wridhhiman Saha, Ravichandra Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will also have a key role to play today.

11:15 AM: When KL Rahul gets going, it is a treat for the cricket fans. There cannot be a better sight on a cricket field than to watch his drives and today, looks like one of the days. On a pitch, where almost every single batsman has struggled so far, Rahul has raced his way to 45 runs from just 69 balls with the help of 7 fours and a six. It looks like he is batting ion a different pitch altogether. However, there is a long way to go and he needs to continue the good work.

11:05 AM: It was a good phase for the Australians:

10:50 AM: Brilliant from Mitchell Starc! He has pushed India back by picking the important wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli in two back to back overs. Aussies are delighted why shouldn’t they be! Indian captain is back in the hut, and the hosts are in big trouble. Ajinkya Rahane is the new batsman in.

10:30 AM: The opening pair of Murali Vijay and KL Rahul now average less than 20 in Test cricket. Certainly, something team management needs to think about:

10:20 AM: India got off to a decent start and both the openers were looking comfortable on the wicket before Josh Hazlewood produced a magical delivery. The ball moved slightly in the air and that was enough to get Murali Vijay’s edge. He was very disappointed but had to go back. There was a huge roar from the Aussies showing how much that wicket means to them. Cheteshwar Pujara is the new man in.

9:55 AM: This has to India’s strategy in this game now. Bat for as long as possible and ensure that they don’t have to chase in the fourth innings. They did it in the last Test against England and they did it in the one-off Test against Bangladesh, can they do it here?

9:45 AM: On this day in 2010, Sachin showed the world that nothing is impossible. He became the first man on this planet to score 200 runs in an ODI match:


9:41 AM: The Indian openers are out in the middle. KL Rahul joins Murali Vijay and he would be under pressure perform after a string of low scores against England in the ODIs and failure in both the innings of the one-off Test against Bangladesh.

9:35 AM: OUT! Ashwin strikes, its over for the Aussies even before they could have realised. Starc tried to clear the rope once again but failed to make any decent contact, Jadeja takes the catch and India would be relieved. Having said that, 260 is not a bad score on this pitch if the bowlers do a decent job.

9:30 AM: Good Morning folks! We are live for the 2nd Day of the 1st Test between India and Australia from Pune. Mitchell Starc is out in the middle with Josh Hazlewood and so is the Indian team.

9:25 AM: The Indian bowlers dominated the second session after that and all the three spinners R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Jayant Yadav were amongst wickets. In the final session, Umesh Yadav produced an outstanding spell of fast bowling and right when it looked like that India might bowl out the Aussies, Mitchell Starc stepped up and hammered the Indian bowlers all around the park adding 51* runs for the last wicket with Josh Hazlewood. He scored 50 runs in that partnership alone and the Australian camp would be hoping that he’ll take them past that 300-run mark.

9:20 AM: “I have never seen a pitch like this. It has to go to a dermatologist,” said Ravi Shastri and he might just be right because the wicket started to dust from the Day 1 itself. It will be very difficult to bat on it as the game goes on.

9:10 AM: Sunil Gavaskar and Aakash Chopra having a look at the pitch before the start of the Day 2:


8:50 PM: Young Kuldeep Yadav with two of the greatest spinners of all-time before the match:


8:30 AM: Watch the Indian wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha fly on Day 1:

8:15 AM: Australia has a very poor record in Asia since 2008. In last 8 years, the Kangaroos have played 18 Tests in Asia and have managed to win just 1 game maintaining a win percentage of 5.56. They have lost 13 while drawn 4 matches. Their last Test series win against India came in 2004 when Ricky Ponting was still the captain of the Australian side. Last time the Australian team suffered an embarrassing defeat of 4-0 in India.

8:00 AM: Umesh Yadav has improved a lot as a bowler in last 12 to 18 months. Interestingly, he loves to bowl against the Aussies. Here are Umesh Yadav’s favourite victims in Tests:

1. David Warner – 5
2. Shaun Marsh – 5
3. Steven Smith – 3

7:40 AM: Josh Hazlewood has scored just 1 run from 31 balls in the partnership of 51* runs with Mitchell Starc so far. Only few weeks ago, he was involved in a 10th wicket stand of 54 runs with Marcus Stoinis at Auckland where he didn’t score a single run but played 26 balls.

7:25 AM: Here are some interesting stats from Day 1:

1. Matt Renshaw is now the fifth youngest Australian batsman to score a century in India at the age of 20 years and 332 days.

2. Mitchell Starc completed 1000 runs in Test cricket. He is now the 14th Australian player to score 1000 runs and take 100 wickets in Test cricket.

3. Umesh Yadav picked up 4 wickets for 32 runs which is now his best figure in an innings in India.

7:10 AM: The Border-Gavaskar trophy awaits winner:

Playing Conditions:

The ball started to turn from Day 1 and scoring runs was tough. However, Starc showed that if you will play your natural game and go after the bowlers, you can actually score runs on this pitch. Umesh Yadav also produced a good spell showing that there is something for the fast bowlers in the wicket as well. Having said that, anything over 200 will a very difficult target to chase on this pitch.


India (From): Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund, Karun Nair, Jayant Yadav, Hardik Pandya.

Australia (From): David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith(c), Glenn Maxwell, Peter Handscomb, Matthew Wade(w), Mitchell Starc, Steve O’Keefe, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Swepson, Ashton Agar, Jackson Bird.

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