40 wickets fell within three days in the first test match between India and Australia at Pune. The Indian batting order imploded in both the innings as they were unable to score 200 runs in both the innings. The Indian team managed to score 105 runs in the first innings which consisted of 64 runs by KL Rahul. Though the Indian bowlers managed to get all the 20 wickets, the batsmen failed. The kangaroos were also not in very good touch however, they managed to surpass the 250 run mark in both the innings and thus created pressure upon the Indian batsmen.
Australian captain, Steve Smith scored his century in the second innings. Australian spinner, Steve O’Keefe took a total of 12 wickets making him the man of the match.
The Indian team coach Anil Kumble came out in defense of the team by stating that it was just a bad day in office. Captain Kohli did not mince words and stated that it is the worst performance by the team.
India’s winning streak of 19 matches was destroyed by a mammoth defeat of 333 runs. The dusty cracked pitch of the Balewadi Stadium was too much for the Indian team. It will be tough for the Indian team to bounce back against a formidable opponent like Australia in the second test which is going to be held in Bengaluru from 4th March.