Twitter Reactions: India stumble and tumble to 105 in the first innings

Twitter Reactions: India stumble and tumble to 105 in the first innings

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A turning track awaited India and Australia at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) ground in Pune. It was expected to demoralize the visitors in their very first encounter on the tour but the anti-climax happened. Australian batsmen showed a lot of application and character in the first innings and they posted 260 runs. India, like they have done with such success against the English team, was expected to outscore them and come back like champions in the next inning.

But once Virat Kohli got out for a duck for the first time in 3 years things just started to fall apart. KL Rahul who batted so well, had his eye in, knew what the surface was behaving like, wasn’t troubled by the bowlers any longer played an uncalled-for shot against left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe and that triggered the worst collapse we have seen in the home season.

At 94/3 they were under pressure but still in the hunt of 260 after Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane got out one ball later to a brilliant slip catch by Peter Handscomb. Wriddhiman Saha who scored a hundred in his last inning picked a second-ball duck. With no recognized batsmen left the onus was on the spin and allround trio of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Jayant Yadav to bail the team out of this trouble.

Ashwin was unlucky to get out as the ball hit his boot and bounced for Handscomb to take another stunner at forward short-leg, Jayant was stumped off O’Keefe. With Umesh Yadav for company now Jadeja had to go for the shots, he slogged the left-arm spinner and was caught at long-on by Mitchell Starc who had initially dealt the hefty blows dismissing Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat in an over.

The last man Umesh was also caught in the slip and O’Keefe the underplayed Australian spinner ended the inning with a magnificent 6-wicket haul.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the Indian collapse: