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Australia return the favour, halt India’s grand run with crushing Pune win

India twice halted Australia’s record winning run, and it was the visitors’ turn to end a wonderful run for Virat Kohli and his team.

cricket Updated: Feb 25, 2017 17:34 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
New Delhi
Australia's Steve O'Keefe celebrates after his team’s win over India in the first Test match in Pune.
Australia's Steve O'Keefe celebrates after his team’s win over India in the first Test match in Pune.(REUTERS)

Australia’s crushing 333-run defeat of India in the Pune Test on Saturday, among other things, also would have given the visitors extra joy of having returned the compliments. (DAY 3 HIGHLIGHTS)

Left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe’s 12 for 70, a record haul by an Australian bowler against India, handed Steve Smith’s men victory in less than three days on a turning track at the Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium in Pune.

It stopped Virat Kohli’s side on the tracks, having built up a 19-Test unbeaten run (15 wins with four draws) going back to the 2015 Sri Lanka series. The win over Bangladesh in the one-off Test also helped India extend their unbeaten run at home to 20 Tests, which included 17 wins.

The home run began in 2013, with the 4-0 series win over Australia.

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It was payback time for Australia, who had landed in India for the 2001 three-Test series on an unbeaten 15-match streak. Although the formidable Steve Waugh-led side were victorious in the first Test in Mumbai within three days, the Sourav Ganguly-led Indian side made a remarkable comeback to stop the Aussies’ victorious run at 16.

India did it to Australia once again on the 2007-8 tour Down Under, when they halted Australia’s fresh 16-match winning run by storming their citadel, at Perth.

With India dismissed for 105 and 107 in Pune, where they floundered against spin, the task is cut out for their batsmen in particular to show more discipline whatever the conditions or the opposing bowling attack.

First Published: Feb 25, 2017 17:34 IST

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