Stephen O’Keefe’s spin and the pace and bounce of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood ripped Indian batsmen on the second morning in Pune.
While Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood startled opening batsmen, real threat of Stephen O’Keefe done the rest, giving Australia a vital 155-run lead.
By the bowling brilliancy of Aussies, Indian batting order collapsed to 105 all out. Stephen O’Keefe,the slow left-arm orthodox bowler, picked up 6/35 and became one of his good figures in the test career.
Steve O’Keefe participated in the remarkable collapse of Indian batting order. All six of his wickets came in a spell of 25 deliveries after the lunch break.
Pace of 145 km/h and a hint of swing of Starc and Hazlewood sowed crucial wickets of Mural Vijay, Pujara and Kohli. Kohli,the man on fire, too didn’t last long as he nicked the fourth ball of Starc over to the slip cordon.
While others seemed to struggle, K L Rahul(64 runs) was the only batsman who played a decent innings from Indian side. He was dismissed by O’Keefe.
Other than three, all batsmen failed to secure more than 10 runs.India lost their last seven wickets for 11 runs in a scarcely believable role-reversal from the pre-series expectations.