India vs Australia Pune Test 2017: Australia returned to the series after defeating India in the Indoor Test. Kangaroos defeated Team India by 9 wickets in the match held at Holkar Stadium. After this victory, Australia reached the final of the World Test Championship. At the same time, the expectation for Team India increased. Australia’s victory in the indoor Test in three days is lauded by the guests. This is not the first time that the Kangaroos have won a Test on Indian soil on the third day. Five years ago in 2017 too, Australia defeated India in a Test match within three days. Even then India was caught in its own trap. Coincidentally, Australia’s captain at the time was Steve Smith.
5 years ago when India fell into its trap
Indian batsmen have always been considered adept at playing on a spin track. It is customary for every cricket playing country in the world to prepare the wickets as per their liking in home series. India is no different. In 2017, under the captaincy of Steve Smith, the Australian team came to India to play a Test series. In February 2017, the first match of this series was held in Pune. Obviously the MCA pitch favors spinners. India is confident of beating Kangaroos easily in this match. But vice versa.
In that Test match, Australia scored 260 runs in their first innings and 285 runs in the second innings. The Indian batsmen, who specialize in playing spinners, could score only 107 runs in the first innings and 109 runs in the second innings. Australia defeated India by 333 runs on the third day of this match. Indian batsmen succumbed to Australia’s spin bowling in this match just like the indoor test. Then Australian left arm spinner Steve O’Keefe took 12 wickets in this match.
India’s batting-bowling is failing
Indian batsmen and bowlers are faltering in this test held in Pune. If we look at the total match statistics, Ravichandran Ashwin has taken the highest 7 wickets for India. While Jayant Yadav continues to fight. Talking about batting, KL Rahul is the only batsman from India to score a half century. KL Rahul scored 64 runs in the first innings. In the second innings, Cheteshwar Pujara scored 31 runs and became the top scorer. In this way India also had to face the consequences of preparing a spin track in Pune just like the indoor test.