O'Keefe takes 12 as Australian beat India by 333 runs

Left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe claimed a match haul of 12 wickets to hand Australia a comprehensive 333-run win inside three days and end India's juggernaut in the opening Test in Pune on Saturday.

Chasing a daunting 441 for victory, India crashed to 107 all out early in the final session as their unbeaten streak of 19 Test matches came to an end.

O'Keefe, who took a career-best haul of 6-35 in the first innings, returned with similar figures in his second outing as Australia took a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.

Earlier, Australia captain Steve Smith hit a battling century as the visitors took an imposing overall 440-run lead.

Smith reached his 18 Test hundred with two quick runs on a turning wicket. The right-hander struck 11 boundaries and faced 202 balls before being adjudged leg before off Ravinda Jadeja for 109. But by the time he departed just before lunch on the third day of a pulsating Test match Australian, who bowled India for 105 in their first innings, took what promised to be a very good lead on a difficult wicket. Australia, who scored 260 in their first innings, thrived on Smith's ton to post 285 in 87 overs in their second essay, a lead of 440 runs.

source: Daily star

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