India’s 19-Test unbeaten streak was emphatically ended on Saturday as Australia beat them by 333 runs in the first of a four-Test match series.
Indian captain, Virat Kohli had proudly protected the winning streak for 19 matches. As a full-time Test captain, it was only when India lost the Test at Pune by 333 runs that Virat Kohli tasted his second defeat.
Coincidentally, Australia too enjoyed a similar streak of 18 unbeaten matches between September 1999 and Mar 2001. And now it is Australia who has ended India’s unbeaten streak.
The 32-year-old O’Keefe did the star turn once again with identical figures of 6/35 in both innings as India failed to even cross 110 in both innings.
It was a total disaster for the World No1 Test team, who were simply outclassed in all departments of the game and they further compounded their miseries with atrocious shot selection, shoddy fielding, and poor referrals.
India collectively posted their lowest aggregate for a home Test match and ended up suffering their second biggest defeat at home in terms of runs.
As many as six Indian batsmen failed to reach double figures with only Cheteshwar Pujara showing some stomach for a fight with a score of 31.
After Smith’s superb 109 — his 18th Test ton on a spiteful pitch –, there was no comeback for India as both openers KL Rahul and Murali Vijay made a mess of DRS when it was the umpire’s call.