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Australia in complete control of Pune Test as India lose 7 for 11 in 1st Innings

Left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe's career-best six-wicket haul and skipper Steve Smith's half century helped Australia take a commanding lead of 298 runs as they reached 143/4 in their second innings at stumps on the second day of the opening cricket Test at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Friday.

Smith, who was dropped thrice on 23, 29 and 37, was unbeaten on 59 with all-rounder Mitchell Marsh giving him company on 21 when the umpires dislodged the bails for the day. For India, off-spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Jayant Yadav shared the four wickets, with the Chennai tweaker claiming three while Yadav chipped in with one in the visitors' second innings.

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Klaasen, De Bruyn called up to Proteas Test Squad

Cricket South Africa (CSA) today named two uncapped players, Heinrich Klaasen and Theunis de Bruyn, in the Standard Bank Proteas Test squad for the three-match series against New Zealand starting next month.

Morne Morkel returns to the squad after missing the recent Test series against Sri Lanka, while there is also place for fellow fast bowler Chris Morris, who was injured for a large part of last year after making his debut against England.

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O'Keefe takes 6 as India crumble for 105 on Day 2 in Pune

Riding on Steve O'Keefe's brilliant bowling, Australia bundled India out for 105 runs in the first innings on the second day of the first cricket Test at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Friday. O'Keefe wreaked havoc on the Indian camp, bagging six wickets for 35 runs.

India are now 155 runs behind the visitors, who took seven wickets in the second session to put themselves in a commanding position. While the pitch is undoubtedly hard to bat on, India did themselves no favours by throwing many of their wickets away due to poor shot selection.

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Umesh Yadav: "I was trying to bowl very tight lines"

Indian pacer Umesh Yadav, who claimed four wickets on the opening day of the first cricket Test against Australia, revealed that his plan was to bowl the tight line and minimise scoring opportunities for the batsmen.

Yadav scripted Australia's downfall with figures of 4/32, while the spin trio of Ravichandran Ashwin (2/59), Ravindra Jadeja (2/74) and Jayant Yadav (1/58) shared five wickets between themselves as the visitors lost five wickets for just 56 runs in the third session after pacer Mitchell Starc's unbeaten half century at the end lifted Australia to 256/9 at stumps.

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Late Starc blitz gives Australia fighting chance in Pune Test

Pacer Mitchell Starc's unbeaten half century lifted Australia to 256/9 at stumps on the opening day of the first Test at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Thursday. At stumps, Starc was unbeaten on 57 runs from 58 balls with fellow paceman Josh Hazlewood giving him company on 1 off 31 deliveries. Tottering at 205/9, Starc's fiery strokeplay helped him raise a undefeated 51-run last wicket stand with Hazlewood to take the Australians past the 250-run mark.

Earlier, pacer Umesh Yadav scripted Australia's downfall with figures of 4/32, while the spin trio of Ravichandran Ashwin (2/59), Ravindra Jadeja (2/74) and Jayant Yadav (1/58) shared five wickets between themselves as the visitors lost five wickets for just 56 runs at one stage in the third session.

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