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The Indian batting line up suffered an uncharacteristic collapse on Day 2 of the first Test against Australia at Pune’s MCA stadium. India were 94/3 at the end of the 32nd over.
By the end of the 38th, they were tottering at 101/8. They were dismissed for 105 in the 40th over. Steve O’Keefe was the chief tormentor for the visitors and he took six wickets for 35 runs in the 13.1 overs that he bowled.
The Indian innings started early on Day after R Ashwin dismissed overnight batsman Mitchell Starc with the fifth ball of the first over of the day. On a pitch that is cracking and crumbling, it was clear that the Australians would be reaping the most rewards when they bring the spinners into play and that is exactly what happened. Starc ended up with just two wickets, those of Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli while Josh Hazlewood dismissed Murali Vijay.
Nathan Lyon took the wicket of Ashwin and then, it was O’Keefe all the way. India lost 7 wickets for 11 runs in 48 balls.
Here are a few reactions to India’s collapse on Day 2:
Last 7 wickets for 11 runs in 7.5 overs .
Just proves again,when you are set,you should make it count.
155 is a huge lead for Aus.#IndvAus
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) 24 February 2017
The spider looking vulnerable in its own web……
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 24 February 2017
SOK….. very well deserved. He has worked extremely hard to get this opportunity. Great captaincy from @stevesmith49 as well.
Gone in 38 minutes. #INDvAUS
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) 24 February 2017
KL Rahul, with 64, was the highest scorer for India.