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Fresh and confident after morale-boosting wins with a new-look lineup over South Africa and Pakistan at home, Australia bonded at a pre-tour training camp in Dubai and honed their skills with a three-day match against India "A" in Mumbai.

If at all the pitch in Pune was doctored, then just by losing the toss, India had done themselves in. "It's been a challenge for both sides". That marked the beginning of India's worst 7-wicket batting collapse in the history of their Test cricket performance.

For all his success, Warne can not claim to have dominated a game in this manner in his three Test tours to India.

After being bowled out for 260, Australia found early success when pace ace Josh Hazlewood removed India opener Murali Vijay for 10 in the seventh over.

"There's always a first time (to chase a high target)", India coach Anil Kumble said. O'Keefe, though, a totally different bowler was a killer with his accuracy and deliveries which have less spin but created a cobweb of confusion in the minds of the Indian batsmen.

The veteran off-spinner who has himself taken over 400 Test wickets, felt that the pitch was bad and that one can not play on such a pitch where wickets fall on every other ball.

Mitchells come to the party: While Smith with his century and O'Keefe with his record bowling spell stood tall as Australia's heroes, there were few other performances which were of great impact. He too considered it to be a wake-up call, something they needed in the start of the series to get their heads back in the place. It is the test between the best, and Virat Kohli and company are surely excited about this one. Starc also hit a breezy 30 in the second innings. He was well supported by Nathan Lyon who picked up four in the second innings.

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Yes, as a team the Australians were better and grabbed every opportunity that came their way. They were humiliated on a dry, turning track with nearly a session's play left on the third day here at the Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium.

Smith, on 73, again survived a close lbw appeal off Ravindra Jadeja in the 56th over, which television replays later indicated the ball would have struck the stumps. He was beaten outside off a gazillion times by Jadeja, with whom the Australian captain was also seen having some banter on the field. You can't say which ball is going to turn or which isn't.

The 32-year-old claimed five wickets in 19 balls, including KL Rahul for 64, to stun a sparse crowd at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, where the top-ranked side feebly lost their last seven wickets for just 11 runs on Friday.

It was his 18th Test hundred, of which just two have been scored in the second innings, while it was also his fifth century in consecutive matches against India.

"Twelve-for, 6 for 35 in both innings is pretty special", Lehmann said.

According to some reports, the Pune pitch, in the leadup to the Test match, was hardly watered, and that clearly is not going to be the case in Bengaluru. The validity of his point isn't debatable, but India's execution of plans is.


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