India vs Australia 1st Test, Day 1 Highlights: Starc’s 57* negates Umesh’s 4/32
After Umesh Yadav picked up four wickets, Australia Mitchell Starc scored a 58-ball 57* as the team from Down Under reached 256/9 against India at stumps on day 1 of the Pune Test. Matt Renshaw top-scored with a responsible 68. Relive all highlights of India vs Australia, Pune Test here.cricket Updated: Feb 23, 2017 16:49 IST
Mitchell Starc (57*) frustrated India with some late hitting as Australia reached 256/9 at stumps on Day 1 of the first Test in Pune. Umesh Yadav’s four-wicket haul had reduced the Aussies to 205/9 but the Virat Kohli-led team could not finish the day on an elating note. Follow highlights of India vs Australia here. (SCORECARD | WHERE TO SEE LIVE STREAMING)
16:48 hrs IST: Umesh Yadav says, “I was practicing with Anil and Sanjay about what my line and length should be in the practice sessions. The hard work that I have done in the last six months has been paying off now. That is very important on such wickets. I was trying to bowl very tight lines on this wicket and hope for the batsmen to make mistakes. I was trying to minimize the bad balls and the scoring opportunities.”
16:35 hrs IST: STUMPS! Australia reach 256/9 as Starc remains unbeaten on 57
16:30 hrs IST: No. 11 Hazlewood has also lasted 28 balls now. The tail is wagging too much
16:27 hrs IST: After Starc reached his half-century, the Aussies have taken it patiently. They are 255/9 now.
16:21 hrs IST: Starc, batting on 54, has also completed 1000 runs in 35 Test matches
16:19 hrs IST: Thanks to Starc’s late hitting Australia are 252 for nine, despite being 205/9 at one stage.
16:16 hrs IST: Another four! Starc has reached his ninth half-century in 47 balls.
16:15 hrs IST: Wrddhiman’s catch was the most spectacular thing today on the field. Take a look at it again.
16:12 hrs IST: Starc is just one short of his ninth half-century as he Ishant lofts to the boundary.
16:10 hrs IST: From 205/9, Australia are now 242/9. These are crucial runs for Steve Smith’s men.
16:05 hrs IST: MASSIVE HITS! Consecutive fours and six by Starc off Jadeja ! The Australian No. 8 has reached 44 off 40 balls.
16:02 hrs IST: Australia were 205/9 but Starc has taken the attack to the Indians. He has hot two sixes since then.
15:58 hrs IST: Starc continues to bat well as he drives Umesh Yadav straight down the ground. Umesh is trying hard for his fifer.
15:51 hrs IST: The second new ball has been taken. Will Umesh get his fifer? He has one against Australia, which was in Perth in 2012.
15:46 hrs IST: Starc winds up and mows Ashwin into the stands at deep mid wicket for a big six. How much will Australia amass?
15:42 hrs IST: WICKETS! Umesh Yadav takes two in two but misses the hat-trick. He gets O’Keefe with a full ball and the batsman drives at it, Saha dives to his right to take a stunning catch. Next ball, he traps Nathan Lyon in front.
15:35 hrs IST: India have not taken the new ball. They are happy with the old ball. This is why. Ashwin gets an offbreak to break back in sharply and it cuts O’Keefe in half. Catch live cricket score here.
15:30 hrs IST: 80 overs are up and the new ball is now available. However, India might not take it as they look to polish off the Australian innings.
15:23 hrs IST: WICKET! Matt Renshaw c Vijay b Ashwin 68, Australia 196/7.
Ashwin bowls with a round-arm action and gets this straight delivery to spin away late, Renshaw edges it low to slip where Vijay takes the catch.
15:19 hrs IST: Umesh Yadav is finding reverse swing but Renshaw tackles it well as Australia near 200. However, it looks to be a below par score on this wicket, with India’s batting looking powerful.
15:10 hrs IST: WICKET! Matthew Wade LBW Umesh Yadav 8, Australia 190/6.
Good length ball angled in and it nips back in off the deck, Wade looks to work it to the leg side but gets hit on the pad, umpire Llong gives it out and Wade reviews, replays show the ball was hitting leg stump. Australia lose a review.
15:01 hrs IST: Superbly done by Renshaw! He uses his feet well and drills a straight drive past Jayant for a boundary straight down the ground.
15:00 hrs IST: Ashwin and Jayant are bowling in tandem. The new ball is six overs away but whether Kohli will take it is another question. Might not take it with the spinners getting purchase.
14:57 hrs IST: Renshaw continues to bat confidently. He drills a cover drive off Jayant as Australia near 200.
14:53 hrs IST: Matthew Wade has started off in attacking fashion here but he needs to be careful. Australia 178/5. Catch live cricket score here.
14:48 hrs IST: Fifty up for Renshaw! This is his second half-century. It has been a gritty knock, despite some ‘ill’ humour going around.
14:42 hrs IST: Marsh (4) gone!
Jadeja gets his second scalp as Marsh is trapped plumb in front of the wicket. No doubt there in batsman as well as bowler’s mind regarding the dismissal.
14:37 hrs IST: FOUR! Renshaw sweeps Jadeja to move to 47. He is nearing his second fifty.
14:33 hrs IST: Spinners Ashwin and Jadeja will handle the attack for India.
14:31 hrs IST: We are back for the final session of Day 1.
14:10 hrs IST: That is tea on the first day and India hold the advantage. Australia lost Steven Smith and Peter Handscomb in quick succession as they enter the tea break at 153/4.
14:01 hrs IST: Edged and given OUT! Australia collapsing in a heap. Mitchell Marsh reviews. Replays show no edge. He survives. Good review that.
14:00 hrs IST: Steven Smith c Virat Kohli b R Ashwin 27, Australia 149/4.
Flatter delivery, Smith dances down the track and whips it to mid on, but he mistimes it and it is a simple catch.
13:57 hrs IST: Matt Renshaw is back on to bat. He had retired ill but he is now back. He will be aiming to consolidate.
13:56 hrs IST: WICKET! Peter Handscomb LBW Ravindra Jadeja 22, Australia 149/3.
Flatter delivery pushed through, Handscomb hangs back and the ball hits the back leg. Plumb!
13:49 hrs IST: Ashwin on at the other end. End of the Ishant reverse swing experiment for the time being. Both batsmen handled it well.
13:45 hrs IST: Jadeja is into the attack and he nearly tempts Matt Renshaw into a false stroke. He is lucky that there was no edge.
13:37 hrs IST: Renshaw gets going with two boundaries off Ashwin. He is looking more assured as Australia reach 142/2
13:33 hrs IST: Matt Renshaw retired ill just before lunch. This has not made Australia happy. One quote in particular was harsh. Read about it here
13:27 hrs IST: Ashwin is into the attack. Vital period this for Australia. Catch live cricket score here.
13:35 hrs IST: Out of eight innings for Renshaw, he has gotten to double digits seven times. Out of that, he has hit two fifties and two hundreds. He has started off well.
13:18 hrs IST: Ishant is getting some reverse swing. Remember, Australia’s struggles are also against reverse swing, something which they have not been able to rectify.
13:14 hrs IST: Smith is batting comfortably out in the middle. He needs support from Handscomb. Ishant Sharma back into the attack to exploit some reverse swing.
13:09 hrs IST: One more wicket could throw open the floodgates here. Australia 128/2. Catch live cricket score here.
13:04 hrs IST: Handscomb gets going with a flick past leg slip for a boundary. Just for your information, Handscomb averages over 100 in Tests but in these conditions, it will not matter much.
13:03 hrs IST: Jadeja appeals for an LBW against Smith but the impact was outside off. India can sense it now as they aim to take wickets in heaps.
13:00 hrs IST: WICKET! Shaun Marsh c Virat Kohli b Jayant Yadav 16, Australia 119/2.
Marsh goes for the sweep, gets a glove and Kohli takes it at leg slip.
12:54 hrs IST: Woah! That ball leapt up from the surface. Uneven bounce starting to come into play now. Jadeja is hitting the right areas well.
12:50 hrs IST: An appeal for an LBW against Shaun Marsh but not given. Impact outside off.
12:48 hrs IST: Another poor over from Jayant as he concedes seven runs. Jadeja is not able to hold one end up.
12:46 hrs IST: Jayant Yadav is into the attack now. He has struggled for consistency and is looking slightly rusty.
12:43 hrs IST: Jadeja errs in his line as he drags this flatter delivery short, Smith nails the pull to deep mid wicket. Next ball, he gets beaten by a sharp turning delivery.
12:40 hrs IST: Good ball from Umesh Yadav. On a length and straightening outside off, Marsh tries to play at it and gets beaten. Australia 105/1. Catch live cricket score here.
12:34 hrs IST: Appeal for an LBW against Steven Smith by Umesh Yadav. Original decision is not out. Replays show it is missing leg stump. Smith survives.
12:30 hrs IST: There was that plan. Umesh bowled it full on the pads but Smith glances it fine to the boundary. Kohli could be thinking of having a fielder at leg slip.
12:27 hrs IST: Smith drives Jadeja to long off and Australia get to 100.
12:25 hrs IST: Umesh Yadav again floats onto the pads of Marsh and he whips it to the deep mid wicket fence for another boundary. Australia near 100.
12:21 hrs IST: Second no-ball bowled by the spinners. This is rare. Next ball, Smith reaches out and drives a full and wide ball to deep cover for a couple.
12:18 hrs IST: Marsh starts the session in style as he caresses a cover drive to the boundary fence. Umesh erred in his line slightly. Australia 90/1. Catch live cricket score here.
12:16 hrs IST: Umesh to start from the other end. He got the wicket of Warner before lunch and he will once again be the key.
12:12 hrs IST: Jadeja starts after the lunch break. Marsh and Smith will be aiming to sustain Australia’s progress.
12:09 hrs IST: Welcome back for the second session. Steven Smith and Shaun Marsh will be looking to build on the advantage laid by Warner and Renshaw. India will be targeting a chunk of wickets to dent Australia.
11:33 hrs IST: That will be lunch. Australia will be slightly happy with their progress but Warner’s dismissal, combined with Renshaw’s illness, has resulted in India coming back into the game after a good 82-run opening stand. Australia still have an immense task in the post-lunch session.
11:30 hrs IST: Latest on Matt Renshaw is that he has an upset stomach. Indian food is not for the faint-hearted, my friends.
11:28 hrs IST: Great ball from Smith as Jadeja gets dip and turn to beat Smith who is also slightly unbalanced.
11:21 hrs IST: Virat Kohli might be looking to target the leg stump of Steven Smith as the Australian captain shuffles a lot to the off side. Australia 82/1. Catch live cricket scores here.
11:18 hrs IST: When Steve Smith walked out, Renshaw complained that he was feeling ill. Let’s hope that he is alright. Strange situation that. One ball resulted in two new batsmen coming out.
11:15 hrs IST: Steven Smith is the new batsman. He was the difference maker in the series against India in 2014/15. He is known to play pace and spin well. Will Australia’s captain step up? This is interesting. Shaun Marsh has also walked out to the middle. Renshaw has retired hurt. Don’t know what happened there.
11:13 hrs IST: WICKET! David Warner b Umesh Yadav 38, Australia 82/1.
Good length ball outside off, Warner hangs his bat out and drags it back on to the stumps.
11:09 hrs IST: Testing over again from Ashwin. Warner almost popped a catch back to the bowler and survived an LBW. Pace introduced and Umesh Yadav will be bowling for the first time. Maybe for some reverse swing.
11:06 hrs IST: Loud appeal for an LBW but not given. Ashwin gets this delivery to rip in sharply and Warner is hit on the pads. Looks close. Would have been interesting. Umpires call on impact and hitting the stumps, so since the decision was not out, Warner would have survived.
11:02 hrs IST: Another aggressive shot from Warner. He sweeps a leg side delivery to the long leg fence.
10:59 hrs IST: WHAM! First six of the Test series and it comes from Renshaw’s blade. He wallops the slog to the deep mid wicket fence. Australia 74/0.
10:58 hrs IST: Jadeja errs in his length and Warner short-arm pulls him to the deep square leg fence.
10:57 hrs IST: Australia continue to tackle spin well for the moment. Warner has curbed his attacking instincts on a pitch that is very conducive to spin. A big first-innings total necessary.
10:52 hrs IST: Renshaw decides to be aggressive as he steps out to Jadeja and thwacks him over mid on for a boundary. Australia 62/0.
10:49 hrs IST: Ashwin strays onto the pads and Matt Renshaw gets a boundary to fine leg. Both Warner and Renshaw are on 25* apiece as Australia make good progress. Catch live cricket scores here.
10:43 hrs IST: The fifty-run opening partnership is up. However, there is plenty of work left to be done. One session is all it needs for a collapse to take place.
10:41 hrs IST: Change of ends for Ashwin. However, both openers are doing very well. Renshaw in particular, has chosen to buckle down and play solidly.
10:39 hrs IST: Ravindra Jadeja into the attack now. In 2013, he had a big fight with David Warner in Delhi and he was involved in a hostile send-off.
10:36 hrs IST: Jayant again leaks a boundary. This has not been a good start for him. Australia 44/0. Catch live cricket score here.
10:32 hrs IST: Ashwin’s figures read 8-4-10-0. He has really troubled the Australian openers but Jayant has leaked runs.
10:27 hrs IST: BOWLED HIM! But Jayant Yadav has overstepped. Warner walked across his stumps a bit too much and the ball hits leg stump, but it is a no-ball.
10:26 hrs IST: Another poor ball from Jayant. He bowls it short and Warner creams the pull shot to the deep mid wicket boundary. Renshaw, on the other hand, is watching the ball really well. Australia 35/0. Catch live cricket scores here.
10:21 hrs IST: The Australian openers are rotating the strike well. Barring one poor shot from Warner, they have played sensibly. Australia 29/0
10:13 hrs IST: The positive sign for India is that the ball is turning right from the first session of the match.
10:12 hrs IST: India take review and lose it. Ashwin appealed against a not out decision in favour of Renshaw. Indian players thought it was caught behind but DRS confirmed otherwise.
10:08 hrs IST: Poor first over from Jayant as he gets hit for two fours from Warner .
10:05 hrs IST: Now another spinner Jayant Yadav comes in. Virat Kohli seems to be in a hurry.
10:02 hrs IST: Close very close!! Warner attempted to hit Ashwin across the line but got beaten as the ball hit his pads.
10:00 hrs IST: Warner is yet to fire as Renshaw has seized the early initiative. Ishant targeting Warner’s off-side but to no avail.
09:51 hrs IST: In the first five overs, Australia have notched a decent 14 runs. Apart a couple of failed chances from Ishant, the Indian bowlers have not been able to make an impact till now.
9:44 hrs IST: This is the first Test match to be played at MCA Stadium in Pune. It is the 25th Test venue of India
09:40 hrs IST: Aswhin delivery down leg is dislodged by Renshaw to bacward square boundary. Ashwin gives away five in his first over.
9:37 hrs IST: OH!! It’s Ashwin who will open the bowling along with Ishant. Spin web already?
09:35 hrs IST: Ishant makes a strong comeback on the last ball of the first over as his delivery whizzes past Renshaw. India 4/0 in 1st over.
09:31 hrs IST: Renshaw faces the first ball of the series from Ishant Sharma and it races to the third man boundary. Sharma’s full length delivery takes an edge but it is Australia who reap the benefit.
9:30 hrs IST: Openers David Warner and Matt Renshaw are in the middle.
09:24 hrs IST: India will not be too perturbed by losing the toss. During Anil Kumble’s tenure, they have taken the conditions out of the equation and have just focused on winning.
09:09 hrs IST: Here are the playing XIs of both teams
Australia: David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Shaun Marsh, Steven Smith(c), Peter Handscomb, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade(w), Mitchell Starc, Steve O’Keefe, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
India: Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma
09:00 hrs IST: Australia have won the toss and chosen to bat. Big toss to win on a crumbling pitch.
08:56 hrs IST: There is a decent covering of grass on the wicket but there are plenty of cracks. There is no firmness in the pitch. Team that wins the toss will bat first. No-brainer really.
08:50 hrs IST: In the last series played against Australia, Virat Kohli smashed four centuries Down Under and finished with an average of over 86. In the last four series, he has scored a double century. Will he make it five out of five?
08:42 hrs IST: Since 2008, Australia have lost seven consecutive Tests in India. Since 2013, they have lost nine consecutive Tests in Asia. Their horrors against spin have been well-chronicled. Heading into the series, India are clear favourites.
08:38 hrs IST: A warm welcome to the first Test between India vs Australia from Pune. Virat Kohli will be aiming to continue India’s dominant run while Australia will be hoping to turn their poor record in India around.
Australia, ranked second in the world, have lost their last nine Tests in Asia and opted to pack their squad with four specialist spin bowlers to bog down an Indian side unbeaten in their last 19 Tests.
India skipper Virat Kohli said he was not surprised that the opposition were not leaning on their traditional strength of attacking with fast bowlers.
“Coming to India, playing in summers. Wickets are meant to be dry and they are meant to turn,” Kohli said. “You will have a stronger spin bowling attack then getting six, seven fast bowlers. That is a pretty natural selection.”
India have to be watchful against Mitchell Starc. And Kohli’s know a bit about the 27-year-old paceman who played IPL with him as part of Royal Challengers Bangalore side.
Mitchell Starc was the leading wicket-taker (24) for the side on the turning pitches in Sri Lanka last year, a series in which Australia were blanked 3-0.
“He has really taken his game to the next level and that’s why he is counted among the top bowlers in world cricket and deserves to be there because he has worked really hard and the results are evident.”
First Published: Feb 23, 2017 08:25 IST