Australian skipper Steven Smith notched up his 21st fifty as the visitors finished the day with 143/4 and lead India by 298 runs at stumps on Day 2 of the first Test match in Pune. R Ashwin led India's fightback in the second innings by taking 3 wickets in the final session but Australia are still sitting on the driver's seat. Earlier, Virat Kohli and Co. bundled out for just 105 and lost last 7 wickets for 11 runs in a span of 8 overs.(scorecard)
Catch the highlights from Day 2 of the 1st India vs Australia Test in Pune
17:10 IST: That's it from us. Hope you enjoyed our live coverage. See you tomorrow, Adios!!
16:55 IST: Steve O'Keefe after the match : It has been a good day. Everything went according to plan, well backed up by Handscomb in the field. And Steve Smith finished it off well with the lead close to 300. I have to tip my captain here. It wasn't the most impressive start. I wasn't bowling all that well in the first six overs. I had a change of ends and the wicket spun consistently and was backed up well by the bat pads and the slippers.
Some real fortune with the good catching. When I came back during lunch Boof (Darren Lehmann) game me a bump on my head and that is what I needed to hear. They are a class outfit and will come back hard in the second innings. We have to back it up again if we wish to win this game. It is nice to relate to Monty (Panesar), he bowls the same style as me and has a lot of success here. I have been working with Sri (Sriram) for a couple of years. He calms you down and that is what Steve Smith does as well. I was probably a bit nervous which is why I went back to what I knew and how I bowl in Australia. But the tap on the head from Boof was just what I needed. The conditions here dictate me to do something different. Had to use my variations and those changes helped me on this surface.
16:45 IST: Well, no one though that Australia will start India's tour with this dominance on the field and the credit should be given to Steve O'Keefe who ran riot through the middle order on his way to his maiden six-for. India, on the other hand looked complacent and really need to pull their socks up to win the game from here.
16:30 IST: Stumps!!! Australia finish the day with 143/4 and lead India by 298 runs. Steve Smith 59*, Mitchell Marsh 21*
16:15 IST: Australia are 143/4 after 45 overs. Their lead nears 300 now. Steve Smith 59*, Mitchell Marsh 21*
15:59 IST: SIX!!! It goes a long-long way. Mitchell Marsh comes down the track and hits a super giants six off Jayant Yadav
15:56 IST: FOUR!! Sheer power from Mitchell Marsh as he bludgeons a drive down the ground.
15:52 IST: Loud shout for an LBW by Jayant Yadav and the umpire says not-out. Kohli takes the review again. Poor call by the Indian captain as the ball is clearly missing the leg-stump and they have wasted it again
15:48 IST: FOUR!! Slightly overpitched by Ishant Sharma and Mitchell Marsh hit it for a boundary through covers
15:40 IST: OUT!!! Jayant Yadav takes his first wicket. Matt Renshaw goes for 31
15:38 IST: FOUR!! Steve Smith completes his 21st half-century with a boundary towards the deep square leg. 50 partnership also between Smith and Renshaw
15:30 IST: DROPPED!! This time it was Matt Renshaw. The ball was going straight to the first slip but Murali Vijay gets his hand on the way. It would have been a straight forward chance for the first slip. Virat Kohli is fumed with his fielders
15:25 IST: Wham!! Back to back boundaries for Matt Renshaw. Australians are getting stronger and stronger here
15:21 IST: Steve Smith completes 1000 runs versus India. In 7 matches he has scored with an average of 91.00
15:17 IST: Steve Smith was dropped on 23, 29 and 37
15:15 IST: DROPPED!! Again Abhinav Mukund drops Steve Smith at bat-pad. Ashwin is not happy
15:10 IST: That's a nasty delivery by Yadav. Renshaw is hurt and the physio immediately comes on the field
15:08 IST: Now, on a rank turner Umesh Yadav comes into the attack. Don't forget, he took four wickets in the first innings
15:01 IST: FOUR!! Renshaw got into a horrible tangle there but luckily it goes for a boundary
14:52 IST: Decision overturned by the third umpire. Renshaw survives
14:51 IST: Appeal for an LBW and the umpire gives it out. Hang on!!! Australians are going for the review
14:50 IST: Australia are 64/3 after 23 overs, lead India by 219 runs. Steve Smith 35*, Matt Renshaw 1*
14:48 IST: Matt Renshaw comes to the crease now at No.5
14:42 IST: OUT!!! Ashwin takes his third wicket. This time it's Peter Handscomb who falls for 19
14:41 IST: India are bowling their overs very quickly and surprisingly the over rate is touching 20 overs per hours.
14:39 IST: Chanceeee!!! Abhinav Mukund, the substitute fielder, drops it at mid-off. Steven Smith was the batsman
14:37 IST: FOUR!! Handscomb dances down the track and hits a boundary towards the deep extra cover
14:35 IST: Australia are 51/2 in 18 overs.
14:32 IST: FOUR!! Peter Handscomb takes the aerial route and hits a spectacular boundary
14:31 IST: So, we are into the final session now
14:11 IST: It's TEA!! Australia are 46/2 after 16 overs and lead India by 201 runs. They are in a commanding position now. If wickets don't fall in the last session today then India will be under tremendous pressure.
14:10 IST: FOUR!! Virat Kohli is not happy with his fielders as Smith reverse sweeps for a boundary
14:05 IST: It goes quickly to the leg-slip but dropped by Murali Vijay.
13:59 IST: Smith is playing the spinners brilliantly here. He is showing why he is the best in the business currently, along with Kohli, Joe Root and Kane Williamson.
On a turning track, the straight ball is the wicket taking ball! #Ashwin— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 24, 2017
13:56 IST: Australia are 36/2 after 11 overs and lead by 192 runs. Steve Smith 20*, Peter Handscomb 5*
13:51 IST: FOUR!! Steve Smith is playing the attacking game and hits the boundary with perfection
13:44 IST: OUT!!! Another leg before wicket!!! Shaun Marsh goes for 0
13:33 IST: FOUR!! New batsman Steve Smith nailed it towards the mid-wicket and gets a boundary
13:32 IST: David Warner had to bite his words as he had said earlier that the game plan was ready for R Ashwin
13:30 IST: OUT!! After a couple of boundaries R Ashwin sends Warner home. Good bowling by the off-spinner. A lot of action happening in the second session
13:25 IST: David Warner and Matt Renshaw comes to the crease with 155-run lead
13:15 IST: OUT!!! Final wicket goes. India are all-out on 105 in 40.1 overs, trail Australia by 155 runs.
13:07 IST: OUT!!! Poor so poor cricket from Ravindra Jadeja. He tries to go for a biggie and finds a man in the deep. Jadeja goes for 2
Sorry but that is poor from Yadav. Had to push his foot back once beaten.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 24, 2017
13:00 IST: OUT!!! Appeal for a stumping and Wade looks very confident and yes, Jayant Yadav is out on 2
This is now a full blown collapse. And fair to say you will see lots of spin from now on!— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 24, 2017
12:49 IST: OUT!!! R Ashwin goes this time. India are tottering as they lose 4 wickets in 8 balls. India are 95/7 in 35 overs, trail Australia by 165 runs
12:45 IST: OUT!! One more wicket falls, Wriddhiman Saha is out on a zero and three wickets fall in one over. Steve O'Keefe is on fire
12:42 IST: OUT!! Superb catch at second slip by Handscomb is claiming the catch. Rahane isn't going, the third umpire has been called for, the soft signal is OUT.
12:37 IST: OUT!! Poor shot selection by KL Rahul again. He wanted go for the big one and mistimes it completely. He falls for 64
12:28 IST: FOUR!! Rahul's intentions are clear. He is trying to counter-attack Mitchell Starc
12:22 IST: FOUR!! Gets a boundary again but poor shot selection by KL Rahul. You can't just go so wide to play a shot when Starc is making the ball talk. He gets a boundary though
12:21 IST: FOUR!!! Not where KL Rahul intended to play. Edged past his bat and no-second slip gives him a boundary.
12:19 IST: KL Rahul scores his second Test fifty. India are 80/3 in 27.5 overs, trail Australia by 182 runs.
12:18 IST: KL Rahul is just one-run short of his 2nd Test fifty.
12:15 IST: Since October 2008, Australia have lost 8 Test matches out of 10 in India and drawn 2 games. They have not won any
12:12 IST: FOUR!! Ajinkya Rahane played it so late and cut that through backward point for a boundary
12:11 IST: India are 70/3 and KL Rahul is on 47
12:10 IST: Welcome back after lunch and we are into the second session now!!
11:27 IST: LUNCH!! So, the enthralling first session of Day 2 ends here. India are 70/3 in 25 overs and trail Australia by 190 runs. Kl Rahul 47*, Ajinkya Rahane 6*
11:13 IST: FOUR!! Cracking shot by KL Rahul towards the off-side. He leans forward and picks a gap past Warner at mid-off
11:08 IST: India still trail by 201 runs. This pair really needs to bat well now and should look to build a good partnership
11:05 IST: India are 58/3 after 19 overs. KL Rahul 39*, Ajinkya Rahane 2*
11:04 IST: FOUR!!! Absolutely brilliant by Rahul. He knew where the gap was and caressed it through the covers for a boundary
Australia storming back! Outside off stump line gets Kohli again. Bowlers, not pitch, getting batsmen out!— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 24, 2017
10:59 IST: FOUR!! A modern day cricket shot by KL Rahul. He reverse sweeps Nathan Lyon to remove the pressure
Virat's first duck since August 2014 against England at Old Trafford— Samuel Ferris (@samuelfez) February 24, 2017
10:48 IST: OUT!!! Kohli falls for a duck. The Aussies are cock-a-hoop. The ball was well away from his body and outside off, but tried to play the square drive. The feet didn't move and the edge carried comfortably to Smith's lap at first slip.
10:47 IST: Captain Virat Kohli comes to the crease now. But, what a delivery by Starc on a wicket like this
Virat Kohli's fifth duck in Tests— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) February 24, 2017
Balls faced : 2, 1, 1, 2, 2#IndvAus
10:46 IST: OUT!!! Superb delivery by Mitchell Starc on his comeback spell and what a ripper to dismiss Cheteshwar Pujara. India lose their second wicket
10:45 IST: India 44/1 after 14 overs, trail Australia by 216 runs. KL Rahul 28, Cheteshwar Pujara 6
10:32 IST: FOUR!! Lovely looking shot by KL Rahul. Waited for the ball and hit a smashing drive to welcome Nathon Lyon
10:30 IST: India 38/1 after 11 overs. KL Rahul 23*, Cheteshwar Pujara 5*
10:27 IST: FOUR!! Good use of the wrists by Cheteshwar Pujara and glances it for a boundary. A wavered line by Hazlewood
10:22 IST: SIX!! KL Rahul lofts it over mid-off and it goes for a maximum
10:14 IST: India are 27/1 after 8 overs. KL Rahul 17*, Cheteshwar Pujara 0*
10:13 IST: Cheteshwar Pujara comes into the middle and Steve O'Keefe to continue
10:11 IST: OUT!!! Edged and caught by Wade off Josh Hazlewood. Murali Vijay departs for 10 and India lose their first wicket
09:57 IST: FOUR!! Down the leg side and easy for Rahul, glanced away to the fine leg fence
Time not a factor. India will seek to bat Australia out of the game. Also,how India bat will be an indicator of how bad the track really is.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 24, 2017
09:51 IST: FOUR!! Sheer elegance shown there by KL Rahul. He missed out versus Bangladesh, but will look to make full use of the opportunity here.
09:47 IST: As expected, Steve O'Keefe, the spinner comes into the attack in the second over itself.
09:44 IST: FOUR!! KL Rahul gets off the mark with a boundary
09:35 IST: OUT!!! Starc goes for the big one again but caught in the deep by Jadeja. R Ashwin gets the wicket
09:30 IST: So,Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood are at the ground and R Ashwin to start the proceedings for India
09:26 IST: The pitch will not get better from here and expect a lot of bowling from Nathan Lyon and Steve O'Keefe. India can't take things for granted and really need to bat well
09:25 IST: Against England, Umesh had to contend with a flat wicket. Against Bangladesh, another flat track. Against Australia, a spin haven. Three successive Tests and on all three, Umesh has had a telling impact. It goes to show how much he has improved as a fast bowler.
09:20 IST: Umesh Yadav was a star yesterday and showed his grit and hunger to take the wickets. To take wickets on a 'rank turner' is not an easy job to do for a fast bowler.
09:15 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog
On Day 1, Umesh was extremely impressive in the post-tea session, where he picked up three quick wickets of Matthew Wade, Steve O'Keefe and Nathan Lyon.
Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin both chipped in with two wickets each while Jayant Yadav bagged one wicket.
Matt Renshaw, playing in his first Test outside Australia and forced to head to the toilet midway through his innings due to an upset stomach, scored an impressive 68.
It will be interesting to see how Australia approach the formidable Indian batting line-up when the latter open their innings.