Harbhajan slams Pune track after India's capitulation against Australia

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The Test match finished inside three days with Australia claiming a 333-run victory. But the simple fact of the matter is that the Bangalore centre has rarely been known to throw up an interesting pitch and there certainly is no "typical Bangalore" wicket.

R Sudhakar Rao, secretary at the Karnataka State Cricket Association, said that the groundstaff at M Chinnaswamy stadium were working towards providing a strip that helps a Test match last its entire duration.

He told Omnisport: "I think the game has changed, it's a lot more innovative".

Talking about the difference between Indian and Australian spinners, Smith admitted the less turn from his bowlers was the key to their success.

India conceded a lead of 155 against Australia, who made 260 in their first innings after captain Steve Smith won the toss and opted to bat.It meant the hosts were always playing catch-up in the game and Kohli said it was very hard to pull things back.India's batsmen appeared clueless against the left-arm spin of Steve O'Keefe, who picked up six wickets for 35 in each innings.

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"We've got to hold our heads high, take it on the chin and accept the defeat, they completely outplayed us", home captain Virat Kohli said after India fell 1-0 behind in the four-match series.

"I remember telling the team management before they left for India, "O'Keefe will have the greatest impact".

Starc, who took 2-38 in India's first innings in Pune before bowling just two overs in the hosts' second knock, predicts the Bangalore Test - starting on Saturday - will be more of a grind for both teams. I think this is a really good test for his captaincy.

"It should aid batting for the first couple of days".

The Pune pitch that was described as "Martian" by Test legend Shane Warne has been rated as "poor" by International Cricket Council Match Referee Chris Broad. "We definitely don't want to see the match end in two and a half days". Twenty years later, against Pakistan again, India's leading wicket-taker Anil Kumble, left his leg-spin aside and bowled medium pace, thus showing his disgust at the slowness of the track.

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The series opener of the much-hyped Border-Gavaskar Trophy got off to a spectacular start in India. "I can't see it (the pitch) being too bouncy or quick because it's a weakness of the Indian batters".

Smith was well aware of Australia's awful streak in India. "We got ourselves into positions to win in Sri Lanka and we let the opposition get back into the game", Smith said.

Curator Pandurang Salgaonkar, considered the fastest Indian bowler in his time, had promised that the pitch would take the match into the fifth day. They exploited it better than us.

"Australia played some really smart cricket".

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