The epic first ODI of 2019 at the SCG

Australia showed a masterclass performance wherein the whole team contributed to a great-start-to-2019 with a win against India at the SCG on January 12, 2019. Aaron Finch won the toss and elected to bat. After scoring 288/5, Australia won the game by 34 runs as India managed only 254/9 at the end of 50 overs.

There were three half-centuries scored by the Australians; Usman Khawaja (59), Shaun Marsh (54), and Peter Handscomb (73).

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However, there were some highlights and some statistics extracted from the game.

    • It was the fifth game for the 22-year old Western Australian pacer Jhye Richardson. He gained his first man of the match for his match-winning 4/26, and it was his first game where he was part of the winning team. The Indian captain Virat Kohli succumbed to the rampant Richardson. Richardson later quoted “I’ll remember taking Kohli’s wicket for a long time”.
    • Marcus Stoinis caught Virat Kohli off Richardson after him scoring three runs off eight balls. It was his first single-digit score since September 17, 2017; after 482 days, when he got out without scoring. That score was also against the same opponent, Australia. His lowest score in the year 2018 was 16 against West Indies.
    • The teammate and the team vice-captain Rohit Sharma become the first Indian batsman to score his five centuries in Australia out of the total 22 in his 194 ODIs. He has scored two half-centuries and two centuries in his last four games played against Australia. He has now scored at least one century in his previous 10 ODI series. He hit six 6s in his score of 133, making him the player to hit most sixes, with a tally of 64, against an opponent surpassing the previous record of 63 sixes hit by Shahid Afridi against Sri Lanka.

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    • The wicketkeeper ex-captain MS Dhoni was trapped LBW to Richardson, after scoring 51; his second slowest half-century, and after the 137-run 4th wicket partnership with Sharma.
    • It was the first instance, since 2001, that India did not score a single four in the first 20 overs. They did manage to hit four 6s; three hits by Rohit and one by MSD. It was the first ball of the 21st over when MSD hit the first four of the innings against Peter Siddle, who made his comeback to the ODI after missing 169 matches in 8 years.
    • Bhuvneshwar Kumar reached 100 ODI wickets in his 96th match when he bowled Aaron Finch in his second over of the innings. He became the 19th Indian player and 12th pacer to grab 100+ wickets in ODIs.

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    • Chasing 289, India lost their first three wickets; in Dhawan, Kohli and Rayudu, with a total score of four runs, their joint lowest total for the loss of early three wickets in the ODI history.
    • After having registered their win to India, Australia became the first team to win 1000 international matches. The team has won 384 Tests, 558 ODIs, and 58 T20Is. The Australian team had their gold and green jerseys giving them the retro-look inspired by the team led by Allan Border in the 1986 series against India.

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The next match of the series will be played at Adelaide on Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

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3 Responses

  1. Manthan Shah says:

    Amazing statistics. Most of them are those not covered by media. Liked it. Will be looking for more 🙂

  2. Jesal Sayani says:

    Great insight! Very well captured.

  3. Fan says:

    Great analysis

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