India has always been poor on doctored pitches

India has always been poor on doctored pitches

Left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe picked up a career-best six for 35 to help Australia take command of the first test against India after 15 wickets fell on a bowler-dominated second day of the contest on Friday.

Chasing an improbable 441 to win, India was bowled out in its second innings for only 107 runs in 33.5 overs shortly after tea on day three.

"I will have to see him bowl on a good Test match wicket". For a majority of that exchange, Smith and his partners - Mitchell Marsh and then Mathew Wade - were content with playing the waiting game. Steven Smith was dropped twice, one of them was dropped by substitute fielder Abhinav Mukund who dropped a sitter in short leg position. India's longest series-winning-streak previously was five Test series - achieved between October 2008 and January 2010. Smith scored 109 in the second attempt, which is now the highest individual score for Australia in Test cricket in India in second innings. Such pitches stay okay for about a session, and they get progressively worse. They entered this match having lost their past nine Tests in Asia.

The left-handed Renshaw was the anchor of the innings, top-scoring with 68, although it was Starc who provided the entertainment and caused a rethink in assessments of who had the better of the day. They were humiliated on a dry, turning track with nearly a session's play left on the third day here at the Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium.

Starc swung momentum Australia's way by dismissing Virat Kohli for a second-ball duck. Murali Vijay (10) was dismissed by Josh Hazlewood in his first over. "It is just another global game, and it is no big deal", said Virat Kohli, trying to downplay the loss. "During the lunch break, I worked on my bowling because I was not happy with my first spell". It seemed like he was bowling in a video game taking wickets at will. Nathan Lyon too mopped up the tail quickly and ended the proceedings. Jadeja kept pitching deliveries in line of the off and middle stumps and kept moving them away from Smith.

"I wouldn't say it was flawless but we did a lot of things right in this test match, that's for sure", Smith said. "You always hope don't you, as a player".

Two balls later Ajinkya Rahane was brilliantly caught at slip by Peter Handscomb and, two balls after that, Wriddhiman Saha edged to Steve Smith.

There were many predictions of a result inside three days on the turning track dished out at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, which was making its debut as a test ground, but none had India ending up on the losing side. The pupil followed the master's instructions and changed the course of the match with figures of 6-5 in 25 balls. That pushed us back and there were a couple soft dismissals as well. That was probably the most challenging bit, waiting to bat. Even the bowlers do need to apply themselves, and get the basics right.

"I wouldn't say it was flawless. I tried to keep the ball on the up", Umesh said of Warner's wicket. "The inputs from Monty Panesar and spin coach Sridharan Sriram have been very valuable, and instilled belief in what I am doing".