India against Australia: The first Ten Years of ODI History keeps on Repeating

 . Last updated on January 13, 2017, 4:34 PM
India against Australia: The first Ten Years of ODI History keeps on Repeating
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The ODI anecdote between India and Australia has been going on since 1980, starting with the first ODI match held at Melbourne Cricket Ground. The match that started on 6th of December was the first of India's Tour to Australia and New Zealand. In the Tour that comprised of 5 ODI matches, Australia won at four matches. Only the first ODI was bagged by Sunil Gavaskar's team through a 66 runs victory. The winning streak of Australia against India seems to have initiated since the first faceoff.

The next confrontation between the teams was at the 1983 World Cup that was held in England and Wales. On the first match, held on 13th of June, Australia won by 162 runs. Australia posed 320 runs for 9 wickets while the Indian squad led by Kapil Dev was bowled out at only 158 runs. However, in the next match that was on 20th of June, India defeated the Aussies by 118 runs. The victory resisted Australia from entering even the Knock out stage of the World Cup Tournament. In that year India, eventually, was successful to bag the World Cup, which was one of the rarest milestones for the team. India won the World Cup for the Second time in 2011. However, Australia has become the team to win the highest number of World Cups taking the trophy home for five times against a tally of 11 World Cup Tournaments played so far.

In 1984 Australia faced India at the latter's home. From among five matches played between the teams from 28 September to 6 October, Australia won three ODIs; the first and the last two. The second and the third matches were of no result.

In March 1985, the team met for two times within the month. On 3rd March at the Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket and on 29 March at the Rothmans Four Nations Cup. At the first match played at Melbourne Cricket Ground, the team won by 8 wickets and in the next match at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, the victory was by 3 wickets. It should be noted that Allan Border, who was the skipper and a top player of the team was unwell and could not partake on the matches. The highest score was from WB Phillip who made it up to 60 runs. On the second inning the Team India chased down the target of 163 with just four batsmen.

On the next match which was also the Finals of the Rothmans Cup, performance of the Aussies team was lousier. The highest run was 30, scored by KC Wessels adding to the total of 139 runs. India, while chasing the score, performed similarly with the highest score of 35 by DB Vengsarkar.

In 1986, seven ODI matches were played between Australia and India. Australia won five matches against India bagging the Benson and Hedges World Cup Series. On the first Final played on February 5, Australia won by 11 runs and the victory was repeated against India on the second Final as well. In the match, Australia won by 7 wickets. India scored 187 runs in the first inning, which the Australians chased down with five wickets.

In the same year, during the month of September and October, an ODI Series was hoisted at India between the teams. India won the series with 3 victories while a match was with no result. The first ODI was an exhilarating win for India with 7 wickets. However, the last match was won by Australia in a similar manner. Hence, it is quite apparent that, the series could have been also a draw if the third ODI turned in favor of the Aussies.


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