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India vs Australia 2017: 15 Reasons to Watch the 1st ODI

Cricketnext | Updated: September 17, 2017, 1:57 PM IST
India vs Australia 2017: 15 Reasons to Watch the 1st ODI

Virat Kohli (AP Images)

On a roll after whitewashed Sri Lanka with relative ease, Virat Kohli's Indian team will be aiming for another comprehensive show against a depleted Australia when the two sides square off in the opening encounter of the five-match series, on Sunday.

The Indo-Australia rivalry over the years have been more traditional with the intensity right up there as lot is always at stake. Not to forget the passion and frayed tempers, a testimony to that was the Test series that India won 2-1, earlier this year.

Here is a lowdown on the key numbers about ODI cricket in Chennai, the India – Australia rivalry and individual records ahead on either side.

1987: India last played an ODI against Australia at Chennai during the 1987 World Cup. India lost this match by 1 run, which coincidentally saw the debuts of Tom Moody and NS Sidhu.

33.33%: India’s win rate against Australia, their lowest against any ODI opponent.

4: India have won 4 of their last 5 ODIs at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.

70.00%: The team that has batted first has won 70% of the last 10 ODIs at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

261: Average first innings score at this stadium, extrapolated over the last 10 ODIs here.

1017: ODI runs in 2017 for Virat Kohli. He’s the first to reach this landmark and is currently 203 runs ahead of the next highest Faf du Plessis.

446: David Warner has scored the most ODI runs for Australia in 2017.

2: Indian pacer Umesh Yadav needs only 2 more wickets to reach the landmark of 100 ODI wickets.

4: Four Indians have scored more than 1000 runs against Australia in ODI. Three are playing this series: Rohit Sharma (1297 runs), MS Dhoni (1255 runs) and Virat Kohli (1002 runs).

491: Runs scored by Rohit Sharma the last time Australia toured, the most by a batsman in a bilateral ODI series.

478: Runs by Australian skipper, George Bailey, against India the last time they toured. This is the most by a captain in any bilateral ODI series.

9: Since January 1st 2016, Australian batsman David Warner has scored 9 centuries at a conversion rate of 69.23%.

0: David Warner has never played an ODI in India. This will be the 10th country where he will play an ODI in.

2,380: Number of days since Steven Smith last batted in an ODI in India. The match in question was an innings of 17* against Kenya at the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.

138.42: Hardik Pandya’s ODI strike rate in 2017 is the best by any batsman this year (minimum 200 ODI runs)

Teams (from)

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, M S Dhoni (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Yazuvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav.

Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Hilton Cartwright, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (WK), James Faulkner, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Kane Richardson, Ashton Agar, Adam Zampa, Peter Handscomb, Aaron Finch.

Match starts at 1.30 PM.
First Published: September 17, 2017, 11:18 AM IST

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1 India 5313 121
2 South Africa 4484 115
3 Australia 4174 104
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 England 4829 99
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