On a surface offering prodigious turn for the spinners, left-armer Steve O'Keefe picked up six wickets for 35 in both innings to help Australia scythe through India's batting line-up. It may be recalled here that Steve Smith had earlier stated that this series would be a evenly contested and they had the intention of stopping India's current run of form.
Skipper Steve Smith reamined unbeaten at 59 runs while he was given company at the other end of the crease by Mitchell Marsh (21). "Formulate some different plans than how I normally play and sort of problem solving on the spot".
Smith said after the win: "Thought it was going to be hardwork".
Having learnt from their failure in Sri Lanka, Australia's batsmen committed to playing for the straight ball knowing the ones which turned would spin too sharply to catch the edge.
"In this Test, we didn't let India back in the game after the first innings". The likes of Vijay Hazare, Gundappa Vishwanath, Sunil Gavaskar, Mohammad Azharuddin, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman took on countless prominent spinners and left them gasping for breath with their decisive footwork.
Australia paceman Mitchell Starc earlier ripped through India's top order with two wickets in three balls. In the good old days, when Anil Kumble bowled, people said he hardly got the ball to spin and yet claimed wickets.
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"There's always a first time (to chase a high target)", India coach Anil Kumble said.
The shell-shocked hosts have a week to regroup before they again engage an Australian touring party which made Virat Kohli and his team of world-beaters look quite ordinary. Take India's opening batsman K L Rahul whose shoulder appeared to be giving him problems each time he stepped out to try and attack and hit the spinner over mid-on or long-on.
Pune - Australia skipper Steve Smith has warned his players against complacency and expects India to come back hard after the hosts' crushing first Test defeat in Pune. If you get bowled out within 11 runs and lose seven wickets, you don't deserve to win a Test match. Anyhow, the wicket on offer was far from a good cricket wicket and the toss became crucial. The final two games are scheduled in Ranchi and Dharamsala. India have not lost a single game since August 15, 2015. "When you play on such pitches, there are good chances to both score runs and pick wickets", Ashwin had said.
In four Tests at home, he made 158, 177, 130no and 130no and while he made a duck in the first innings of his next match against the Windies in Georgetown 14 months later, he kept the scoring spree going with 109 second time around. It's a remarkable turnaround for Australia and Smith personally after he flew back home midway through the ODI series in Sri Lanka in August past year. "It is just another worldwide game, and it is no big deal", said Virat Kohli, trying to downplay the loss.
"He was getting a little bit angry at the fielders for dropping catches", Smith noted after the match. When we played them and we beat them, we knew that they would come back at us really hard. With a great degree of team spirit and confidence, India waited anxiously of this Test series, but they were tested to the core mentally, physically and skill-wise.