Pune, February 25: India on Friday lost the first cricket Test match against Australia played at Pune by 333 runs inside just three days. Notably, this is Virat Kohli's first Test defeat as captain in India. Australia has taken the lead of 1-0 in the series of four test matches.
Requiring 441 runs, the Indian batsmen could muster only 107 runs before being bowled out within 34 overs. Seven of the Indian batsmen could score only in single digits. For the guests, Steve O'Keefe again claimed six wickets, adding to his first innings kitty of six for 35, while Nathan Lyon scalped remaining four. Earlier, Australia was all-out for 285 in their second innings at lunch against India.
The Australian skipper Smith scored 109 off 202 balls with 11 boundaries, an innings that will certainly be considered as one of the best by an overseas batsman on a devilish Indian track which had sharp turn and bounce. It was his fifth consecutive century against India in as many Tests.
"It's been a good run for us but we got outplayed in this game. We got to take it on the chin, accept that they outplayed us. It was our worst batting display in the last two years. We need to see what we did wrong," said Kohli in the post-match presentation. The inquest into India's shocking batting collapse would surely have already begun but Kohli pointed out that two "bad sessions" was what cost India dear.
"They exploited the pitch better than us. They put us under pressure throughout and deserved to win this game. We've had two really bad sessions and to pull it back against a quality side is very difficult. No excuses. Sometimes, you have to take your hat off and tell the opposition well done," the Indian skipper added. Meanwhile, Kohli's counterpart Steve Smith had a memorable Test not just as the captain of the side but also personally.
Australia leads the 4-match series 1-nil.
Final scores: Australia - 260 and 285.
India - 105 and 107.