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Smith defies India, Aussies lead by 298 on day 2


David Warner started aggressively but was undone by Ashwin in the very first over of the second innings. In my opinion, looking at the composition, this is the weakest Australian side to tour India.

Cape Town - Former Australia skipper Allan Border has slammed the decision by opener Matt Renshaw to retire ill during the first day of the first Test against India.

Cheteshwar Pujara then walked in with Jayant Yadav to at least try and salvage some batting pride, but Pujara was walking back to the dressing room soon as another straight one led to yet another lbw - O'Keefe's fourth of the innings and Australia's fifth. Michael Clarke took 6 for 9 at the Wankhede in 2004, but he was primarily a batsman who bowled. They are an unbelievable team particularly in their own backyard. But the Indian team lagged behind today with some poor fielding performances were India found out by dropping at least four catches.

So what is in store for Day 3? As the head coach Anil Kumble later said, India were bound to have a bad day, having played top class cricket throughout the home season.

Even though Steven Smith went on to score a century in the 2nd innings but even that knock was not flawless as he was dropped as many as 4 times before he could reach that three-figure mark.


Despite the crumbling, spinning conditions, the pick of India's bowlers was fast-man Umesh Yadav.

Australia's left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe dispatched six Indian batsmen in just 24 balls after lunch as the hosts collapsed to 105 all out in the opening Test in Pune Friday. It hurts me as an Indian. The best thing about Nathan is that he takes that in his stride and we're willing to communicate in how we can improve and we do that throughout the match.

Just to put this Aussie victory in perspective, Virat Kohli and his troops seemed invincible and were touted as firm favourites to clinch the series ahead of this Test.

Starc took the attack to India with a series of lusty leg side blows, crunching five fours and three sixes to bring up his ninth Test 50 and 1000 runs in the five-day game. "I'm really proud the way the boys have played this Test match". He is obviously a world class player and we expect him to comeback hard. Ajinkya Rahane then became O'Keefe third prey of the innings as he gave away a simple catch to Nathan Lyon at covers. But as the rules of Test cricket indicates that once the batsman leaves the field, he's only allowed to come back at the fall of one wicket so that will be considered as retired hurt/ill.

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