India vs Australia 2020-21: Records galore as India pull off consolation win in final ODI
First Published Dec 2, 2020, 5:02 PM IST
This was India's first win in the ODIs in the past five matches. With this win, India also avoided their second consecutive series whitewash. Meanwhile, India maintain their second spot in the ODIs, while Australia stay on fourth, as they focus on T20Is hereon.
Visitors India and their bowling attack came up with a relentless performance, as they tamed hosts Australia by 13 runs in the third and final One-Day International (ODI) at the Manuka Oval in Canberra on Wednesday. The win was nothing more than a consolation for India, having lost the series 1-2, while they maintain their second spot in the ICC Rankings. Meanwhile, we take a look at the records scripted in this tie.
11th left-arm Indian seamer: T Natarajan made his ODI debut for India today. He happened to be only the 11th left-arm seamer for the side in the format to date, while the first was Karsan Ghavri.
Glenn Maxwell in the rare list: The Indian innings saw Aussie spinner Glenn Maxwell beginning the proceedings for the hosts. Incidentally, he became only the fourth Aussie spinner to open the bowling in an ODI innings in Australia, having been done before by Shane Warne, Xavier Doherty and Nathan Lyon.
Virat Kohli quickest to 12,000 ODI runs: Indian skipper Virat Kohli played a decent innings of 63, while he also scored his 12,000 runs in the format. In the process, he also became the fastest to do so, in 242 innings, going past Sachin Tendulkar's previous record of 300.
Josh Hazlewood has Kohli's number on most: Hazlewood managed to dismiss Kohli again today. Consequently, he has now dismissed him on most consecutive occasions (4), going past the previous most by Junaid Khan.
Kohli scripts an unwanted one: In what could be considered a rarest of failures by Kohli, he has failed to score a single century in the ODIs this year. It is the first time since 2008 he has been unable to do so. Should we blame the pandemic for this?
Hardik Pandya scores the highest: All-rounder Pandya played a sublime innings of an unbeaten 92. Consequently, it happened to be his best ODI innings to date, going past his previous best of 90, in the first ODI.
Pandya-Jadeja builds a crucial one: Pandya, along with fellow all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, contributed to an unbeaten 150-run stand for the sixth wicket. In the process, it was the third-highest stand for the same, for Team India, in the format. The highest happens to be 160, by Ambati Rayudu and Stuart Binny, of 160, against Zimbabwe, in 2015.
Indian spinners fail big-time: The Indian spinners could hardly make an impact in this series. With an economy of 6.86, it is their second-worst in an ODI series of three-plus matches. Their worst happens to be 6.94, against Pakistan, in 1982-83.
Maxwell in a select list: Not just with the ball, Maxwell did it with the bat as well, as he played an exalted knock of 59. In the process, he registered the second-highest strike-rate in an ODI series, of 194.18. The best happens to be 212.74, by Sanath Jayasuriya in 1996.
Match summary: Winning the toss, Kohli elected to bat first, as the Indians were yet again off to a slow and shaky start. Nonetheless, it was the skipper, whose prolific knock of 63, followed by Pandya and Jadeja's unbeaten 92 and 66, respectively, that allowed them to post a par total of 302/5. In reply, The Aussies too were shaky, while the Indian bowlers came up with a cohesive performance to keep the hosts onto the back foot. It was pacer Shardul Thakur's 3/51 that ensured India script the consolation win by 13 runs.
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