The first ODI match of the India-Australia series was played in Chennai yesterday and India registered the 26-run victory in the rain-affected encounter. The first ODI itself resulted in multiple records being created with the likes of MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli leading the list.
India took a lead of 1-0 in the five ODI match series yesterday after beating Australia in the first encounter in Chennai. India won the toss and opted to bat first, and with the help MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya’s partnership, they set Australia a target of 282 runs. On the other hand, Australia got the revised target of 164 in 21 overs after rain delayed the match for over two hours. The Indian bowlers ensured India’s victory as they restricted Steve Smith’s men to 137/9. This ODI witnessed many records being created and broken during the match.
- This is only the second time that India and Australia have clashed at Chepauk and after losing to Australia by 1 run back in 1987, they secured their first win against the Kangaroos in Chennai.
- With this win, Virat Kohli overtook MS Dhoni’s record of most number of wins by an Indian captain across all formats. Kohli now has 10 wins to his name while Dhoni had 9. Before this match, under Kohli's guidance, Team India had won the series against Sri Lanka where they played three Tests, five ODIs and one T20 before the Australia match.
- Former Indian skipper Dhoni averages more than 100 at Chepauk.
- Dhoni reached a landmark of 100 international half-centuries across all three formats. It was his 66th ODI half-century in his 302nd One-day international. The 36-year-old is now the 13th cricketer in the history to complete a ton of the fifties. Dhoni has 9737 runs in ODIs and requires 263 more runs to complete the 10,000-run milestone in the 50-over format.
- Dhoni’s unbeaten run ended in the first ODI against Australia as he remained not-out on the four previous innings against Sri Lanka and before being dismissed by the Aussies.
- Hardik Pandya scored
- Pandya achieved a highest individual ODI score of 83 in Chennai surpassing his 76 which against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy 2017 final.
- This is the first time when a number six and seven batsmen have managed to score an individual total of over 75 as Dhoni posted 79 and Pandya played a knock of 83 runs.
- Dhoni and Pandya built a partnership of 118 runs for the sixth wicket at Chepauk. This is the highest sixth-wicket stand for India against Australia in the country.
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