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5 unanswered questions before the Bengaluru test

Pragadeesh
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2.35K   //    03 Mar 2017, 16:09 IST

#4 Will the Australian spinners replicate their Pune heroics?

Nathan Lyon and Steve O’Keefe outfoxed the Indian batsmen in Pune (Image Courtesy: Reuters)

For the first time in 13 years, Australia had won a Test match in India, thanks to the Aussie spin duo of Nathan Lyon and Steven’O’Keefe. Nobody had really fancied the spinners after they were smashed by the 22-year-old, Shreyas Iyer, to all parts of the CCI in a warm-up game ahead of the first test.

But five days later, with their probing line and length, they bundled out the Indian team for 105 and 107 in both the innings.

Steven’O’Keefe was the chief architect with the ball as he registered the biggest haul by an overseas spinner in India with 12-70. 

Despite Australia throwing dozens of spinners to the subcontinent in the past like Jason Krejza, Nathan Hauritz and Xavier Doherty nobody had made an impact like O’Keefe did in Pune. After the mind-boggling performance, the expectation would be high on the 32-year-old spinner and It’s interesting to see whether he could cause chaos in the minds of the Indian batsmen once again with his natural variation and accuracy in Bengaluru.

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