India vs Australia 2017: India slump to 333 run defeat in first Test, how Twitterati reacted

Ind vs Aus 2017: India could only score 105 and 107 runs in the opening Test against Australia to suffer a humbling loss.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: February 25, 2017 4:39 pm
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Anil Kumble after the second day’s play in Pune said, “There is always a first time,” in reference to India’s torrid collapse in the opening Test against Australia. “We didn’t adapt really well (to the pitch). Probably if you look at yesterday (day 1), the first 80 runs in the first session and the last 60 runs for the last wicket, that slightly took us away from what we were wanting to restrict Australia to,” he would go on to add.

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And India’s inability to adapt to the pitch was further visible in the second innings when the hosts were bowled out for 107 and went on to lose by 333 runs and go down 1-0 in the four-match Test series. Steve O’Keefe once again played the pivotal role in bringing down the wall that had been the Indian batting with figures of 6/35 and was equally supported by his fellow spinner Nathan Lyon who bagged 4/53 including the last three wickets.

The defeat brings to an end India’s dominance at the top of the pyramid and the unbeaten streak of 19 matches with Virat Kohli losing his first home Test as captain since taking over from MS Dhoni.

Did Pune pitch play a role in India’s defeat?

In the second innings, India were handed a massive target of 441 with only Cheteshwar Pujara held fort with 31 runs while wickets fell at the other end without much resistance.

The series now moves to Bengaluru for the second Test that begins from March 4.

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    Afsar khan
    Feb 25, 2017 at 9:55 am
    Well done Australia, Even though India were favorites on home ground they were beaten by the side whose spin department was not even 50% comparison to Indians. Its remind me of Monty panesar of England who was taken lightly by Indian team in India and which handover the test series. lt;br/gt;Most shocking for me India pla 74 over in both the innings, 40.1 and 33.5 1st and 2nd innings respectively, which is disastrous when compare to Australia who pla 181 overs in both the innings. 94.5 and 87 over in 1st and 2nd innings respectively.lt;br/gt;Its shows Indian took Australia lightly and was over confident on their batting and bowling, Need to change plans. Even spin departments they were defeated us
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      Atulesh
      Feb 25, 2017 at 10:32 am
      True... We need to be more focused and work harder
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        Punjabi
        Feb 25, 2017 at 1:03 pm
        There needs to be some tough decisions which should be made. You need real men on the field. It seemed like there were some batsmen who were really defensive. You have to be positive and play shots take your singles and rotate strike. It is more about the mindset you take to the field. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;People who are not performing for over two series should be sent to domestic games. If they perform well. They make a return. For example: Rahane and Ishant Sharma
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          MAHESWAR DEKA
          Feb 25, 2017 at 11:27 am
          Virat Kohli will realize that it is easy to tame a deer , but not a tiger. Even Virat boasted that India can beat every team in the world fact, it is not rightdia always feared Australia and it goes on ..................................
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            P.K Nayak
            Feb 27, 2017 at 4:22 pm
            Cricket is uncertain is a version with people who are pessimistic rather they lack awareness for variations in the game of cricket in special occasionsdia's Ashwin and Jadeja though managed to spin the ball in both the innings but they are unaware of 'deep spin' what Steve O’Keefe managed to exihibit in his negligible tenure in International cricketdian batting line up, famous for master tacklers of spin in any form, fumbled just like dry leaf falling from the tree . As it is a record now,Credibility of team as a w ,players as individuals and BCCI as administrator got diluted as a part of the record itself.Team India henceforth need not prove itself spineless when such type of onslaughts starts to happen. We strongly condemn such type of surrendered atude on part of Team India.At the same time we stand solid in favour of Team India to learn from the mistake and prove its worth in the up coming matches.
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