India had no answer to Australia’s dominance in the first game of the 3-match ODI series in Mumbai where there the visitors sealed a 10-wicket win chasing 256 to win. The first half of Indian batting was quite defensive while the second half witnessed a flurry of wickets as the Indian bowlers didn’t have enough runs on the board to defend. The series will now move on to Rajkot where India faces a do-or-die situation. India’s keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant will be missing this match due to concussion.
All the key stats and numbers ahead of the crucial 2nd ODI to be hosted by Rajkot’s SCA Stadium:
0-2 – India lost both the ODI matches they played at the SCA Stadium in Rajkot. They lost to England in 2013 by 9 runs while chasing a target of 326 and by 13 runs against South Africa in 2015 in pursuit of a 271-run target. Australia played only one International match at this venue – A T20I in 2013 which lost 6 wickets despite posting 201/7 in 20 overs while batting first.
1 – Only once since the start of 2003 that India has lost the first two matches of an ODI series at home –0-2 down after first two games of the 3-match ODI series against Pakistan in 2012/13.
In these 17 years, India lost the first match of a home ODI series in nine other series but won the 2nd match of the series during all those 9 occasions to square the series.
4 – Australia won each of their last four ODIs they played against India in India. If Australia wins the Rajkot ODI, it will be the first time they beat India in five consecutive ODIs in India. In the last 25 years, only one team has defeated India in five consecutive ODIs on Indian soil. Pakistan won five consecutive ODIs between 1997 and 2004 against India in India.
9 – Australia won each of their last nine ODI matches they played in Asia; their longest winning streak in this format in Asia. Post the series win in India last year, the Australian team defeated Pakistan by 5-0 margin in the ODI series hosted by UAE.
9.43 – Virat Kohli’s batting average while batting outside No.3 position since the start of 2015. He scored 66 runs across 8 innings he batted at No.4 and No.5 in this period with the best score of 16 which came in the Mumbai ODI.
98 – Number of wickets Pat Cummins has picked up in his 59-match ODI career. Cummins will be the 3rd fastest Australian to 100 ODI wickets if he bags two wickets in the next match he plays.
Kuldeep Yadav is also one wicket away from completing 100 wickets in the ODI format having picked up 99 scalps in 57 ODIs. Kuldeep will be India’s 3rd fastest to 100 ODI wickets if he picks up one wicket in the next ODI match.
625 – The duo of David Warner and Aaron Finch has most partnership runs in ODI cricket as a pair against India in India. They shared 625 runs across four ODI partnerships that including two double century stands – 70, 231, 66 and 258*. Warner and Finch added 954 runs in ten ODI matches as a pair against India with three century stands and four 50-run partnerships at an average of 106.
4905 – Virat Kohli has aggregated 4905 runs in ODI cricket while leading the Indian team. Kohli needs 95 more runs to become the 8th captain with 5000 ODI runs and will be the quickest to reach the milestone.
8954 – Rohit Sharma has amassed 8954 runs in his ODI career across 215 innings. Rohit will become the 3rd fastest to 9000 ODI runs after Virat Kohli (194) and AB de Villiers (205) if he scores 46 more runs in this series Rohit is also needs 23 runs away from completing 7000 runs as an opener in ODI cricket.
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