PUNE: India coach Anil Kumble gave a measured reaction on Friday after his workforce’s impressive cave in towards Australia within the opening check, calling it simply one bad day for his global No. 1 group.
Replying to Australia’s 260, India, unbeaten of their earlier 19 checks, misplaced their final seven wickets for 11 runs to be bundled out for 105 of their first innings.
India’s meltdown began after lunch when opener Lokesh Rahul departed after a well-made 64 as Australia left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe wreaked havoc with six wickets for 35.
“You are sure to have one bad day. It used to be disappointing,” former India captain and leg-spinner Kumble advised newshounds.
“We have been in a beautiful respectable place when Rahul and Ajinkya (Rahane) have been batting in the market. But as soon as Rahul were given out, we misplaced the ones 4 wickets in 5 or 6 balls. That sure bet driven us again,” he stated, relating to the pitch as “difficult”.
The hosts additionally dropped 4 catches in Australia’s 2d innings, together with 3 overlooked probabilities with global No. 1 batsman Steve Smith to compound their issues.
Smith remained unbeaten on 59 with the traveling aspect main by way of 298 runs. India are watching a steep four-innings goal on a wicket offering prodigious flip for the spin bowlers.
Kumble used to be backing his aspect, who’ve gained their ultimate six collection, to chase down any goal.
“We want to prohibit them to as low as imaginable (on Saturday),” Kumble stated. “We dropped a couple of catches. It has harm us prior to now, particularly on this recreation you wish to have to carry your probabilities although part probabilities.”
The pitch on the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium has attracted quite a lot of complaint on its debut as a check centre however Kumble, India’s best wicket-taker in checks, refused accountable the outside.
“It is a difficult floor which calls for software, aggression and a bit of of warning as properly. You want a combine out of that,” he stated.
“We have to provide credit score to the Australian bowlers as properly.”