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Statistical highlights: India-Australia, third ODI

By Rajneesh Gupta
November 01, 2009 11:14 IST
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Saturday's third one-day international between India and Australia was the first day/night international hosted at the Ferozshah Kotla ground in Delhi.

It was also the 100th between the two countries.

- Scorecard: India v Australia, 3rd ODI

India became the fourth country after the West Indies (120), New Zealand (118) and England (101) to play 100 or more matches against Australia.

India also played 100 matches against Pakistan (118) and Sri Lanka (113).

Australia's captain Ricky Ponting opened the innings for only the second time in his one-day international career. He had earlier played at No 1 against Zimbabwe at Harare on 24.10.1999 and scored 87 not out.

Ponting's fifty (59 of 92 balls) is his 73rd in his 327 one-day internationals. He has now aggregated 12,189 runs at 43.22 in his one-day international career.

Ponting equalled the number of fifties scored by Jacques Kallis of South Africa (73).

India's Sachin Tendulkar (91), Inzamamul Haq of Pakistan (83 and Rahul Dravid (82) are ahead of them.

Ponting's 59 is his eighth fifty against India in his 52nd match, apart from five centuries.

His 59 is his first fifty against India and second fifty-plus score at the Kotla after his 145 against Zimbabwe on 11.04.1998. He had scored 41 off 51 balls in the earlier match against India at the ground on 14.04.1998.

With his 13th fifty-plus score, Ponting equalled the record held by Adam Gilchrist and Mathew Hayden for most fifty-plus scores by an Australian against India.

The first wicket partnership of 72 runs between Shane Watson and Ricky Ponting is the second best for Australia at the Kotla against India. The highest is 88 between David Boon and Geoff Marsh in 1987/88.

Moises Henriques, the right-handed  all-rounder from New South Wales (born on 01.02.1987),  became the 179th Australian to make debut in One-Day Internationals and the 103rd Australian player to appear against India.

Australia had also another debutant in Graham Manou - a right-handed wicket-keeper/batsman of South Australia (born on 23.04.1979) who replaced the injured Timothy Paine.

Cameron White's duck is his second in his 44th one-day international.

The fifty (81* of 82 balls) by Mike Hussey is his 27th in his 123rd one-day international. This is his third successive fifty in the series after his 73 off 91 balls at Vadodara and 53 of 80 balls at Nagpur.

Hussey's fifty is his fifth fifty in his 13th match against India and surpasses his previous best of 67 against India at Centurion Park on 28.09.2009.

Hussey, when on 25 during his knock of 81*, became the 12th Australian to reach 2000 runs in matches away from home. He now has a tally of 2056 runs from 72 away matches.

Hussey's 81 is also the highest individual score by an Australian against India at the ground. The previous best was 75 not out by Michael Bevan on 14.04.1998. The best ever by an Australian at this ground is Ricky Ponting's 145 against Zimbabwe on 11.04.1998.

By effecting the stumping of Shane Watson, off Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni equalled the record held by Chandrakant Pandit for most stumpings by an Indian against Australia -- on 8 occasions.

The second wicket partnership of 56 runs between Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey is a record at the ground for Australia against India over the previous best of 50 runs between Mark Waugh and Ricky Ponting in 1997/98.

The fourth-wicket partnership of 148 runs between Dhoni and Yuvraj is a record for India against Australia in India surpassing the previous 119 runs partnership between Gautam Gambhir and  Dhoni at Nagpur in the last match held on 28.10.2009.

The fifty scored by Yuvraj is his 42rd fifty in his 241st match and his 2nd fifty in his 30th one-day international against Australia. His highest individual score against Australia is 139 at Sydney on 22.01.2004.

Dhoni's unbeaten 71 of 95 balls is his 32nd fifty in his 148th match and his 3rd fifty in his 20th match against Australia. This is his second successive fifty-plus score after his 124 at Nagpur on 28.10.2009.

The playing record of the two sides at the end of the match:

India: Played-724, Won-351, Lost-337, Tied-3,NR-33              

Australia:  Played-723, Won-445, Lost-247,Tied-8,NR-23

Against each other: Played-100, Ind-34, Australia-58, NR-8

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