On Saturday (12 January), Australia clinched a brilliant 34-run victory against India in the first ODI of three-match home ODI series at Sydney Cricket Ground (Sydney).
After winning the toss, Australia scored 288/5 at the end of 50 overs. In reply, India only managed to score 254/9 at the end of 50 overs. With this victory, Australia has taken the 1-0 lead of the series.
Brief Score: Australia – 288/5 in 50 overs (Peter Handscomb 73, Usman Khawaja 59; Kuldeep Yadav 2/54)
India – 254/9 in 50 overs (Rohit Sharma 133, MS Dhoni 51; Jhye Richardson 4/26)
Result – Australia won by 34 runs
Here are some of the statistical highlights of the match:
i) Playing his 96th ODI, the Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar completed his 100 ODI wickets.
- Fourth slowest (according to no.of matches) among the Indian bowlers to complete 100 ODI wickets.
- 12th Indian pacer to claim 100 or more ODI wickets.
- 19th Indian bowler to claim 100 or more ODI wickets.
ii) Indian opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed for a golden duck.
- First golden duck for Shikhar Dhawan in his international career.
iii) Indian wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni (10,050 runs) completed his 10,000 ODI runs for the Indian cricket team.
- Second wicketkeeper-batsman to score 10,000 ODI runs for a side. Former Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara (13,082 runs) was the first to achieve this feat.
- Fifth batsman to score 10,000 ODI runs for the Indian cricket team. The other four Indian cricketers are Sachin Tendulkar (18,426 runs), Sourav Ganguly (11,221 runs), Rahul Dravid (10,768 runs) and Virat Kohli (10, 235 runs).
- 13th batsman to score 10,000 ODI runs for any particular side.
iv) Indian cricketers Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni provided a 137-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
- Second highest fourth-wicket ODI partnership for India on the Australian soil. The record is the 213-run partnership between VVS Laxman and Yuvraj Singh against Australia at Sydney on 22nd January 2004.
- Third highest fourth-wicket ODI partnership for India against Australia.
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v) Indian opener Rohit Sharma hit a brilliant century in this game.
- Fifth ODI centuries for Rohit Sharma in Australia. Joint most no. of ODI centuries in Australia by a non-Australian batsman. The former Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara also hit five ODI centuries in Australia.
- 22nd ODI century for Rohit Sharma. Joint third most ODI centuries by an Indian cricketer (Sourav Ganguly also scored 22 ODI centuries). The top two Indian batsmen in this list are Sachin Tendulkar (49 ODI centuries) and Virat Kohli (38 ODI centuries).
- Fourth ODI centuries for Rohit Sharma against Australia in Australia. India has lost in all these four ODIs.
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vi) Indian opener Rohit Sharma scored 133 runs off 129 balls.
- Fourth highest ODI knocks by an Indian batsman against Australia in Australia.
vii) India hit the first four of their innings on 20.1 overs (however they hit four sixes before that).
- Since 2001, it was the first time when India failed to hit a four in the first 20 overs of an ODI innings.
viii) It was Australia’s 1,000th victory in international cricket.
- First team to win 1,000 international cricket matches.