When the five-match One-Day International series between India and Australia got kicked off in Hyderabad, there were two teams at the different ends of the same thread. India, who is being ranked as favorite to lift the World Cup, was against Australia, whose chances to defend their crown in England were being said quite dim.
India started the series on a high note and made early inroads to be 2-0 up in the series. But Australia made one of the most remarkable comebacks of the recent history and defeated India in the remaining three games. After conceding the Ranchi and Mohali ODI, India couldn’t stop the Australian force and lost the series in Delhi.
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Australia made 272/9 in their quota of 50 overs. Usman Khawaja was a chief contributor with his second century of the series along with Peter Handscomb, who backed his Mohali ton with fifty in Delhi. The 22-yard surface of Feroz Shah Kotla was on the slower side and spinners were getting the assistance from the pitch.
Thus, the run-chase at this venue was questionable. India didn’t off to a good start and lost Shikhar Dhawan’s wicket early. Virat Kohli couldn’t repeat his heroics of Ranchi and Nagpur ODIs and fell for 20. Though, Vice-captain Rohit Sharma notched up his fifty but failed to convert it into a match-winning score. India got bundled out for 237 and lost the match by 35 runs. Australia came victorious in the series by 3-2.
Have a look at the key stats from Delhi ODI;
- Three-plus opening stands of 50+ in a bilateral series vs India (since 2000):
3 by Sri Lanka, 2009
3 by Australia, 2013
3 by Australia, 2017
3 by Australia, 2019 *
- Most runs in a 5 match ODI series for Aus:
386 D Warner vs SA, 2016
383 U Khawaja vs Ind, 2019 *
367 D Warner vs Pak, 2017
349 G Marsh vs WI, 1991
- Fastest to 8000 ODI runs:
200 Ganguly, Rohit Sharma
203 Ross Taylor
- The first series loss for India at home since losing 2-3 to South Africa in October 2015.
- First ODI series defeat for Virat Kohli at home. Also, the first instance of India losing three consecutive ODIs under Kohli’s captaincy.
- The first time India have been bowled out thrice in any series since the tri-series in Australia in 2012.
- The last time before the current streak India lost three consecutive home ODIs was way back in November 2009 – against Australia.
- Teams winning after being 0-2 down in an ODI series:
3-2 SA vs Pak, 2003
3-2 Ban vs Zim, 2005
4-2 Pak vs Ind, 2005
3-2 SA vs Eng, 2016
3-2 Aus vs Ind, 2019