Here are some stats that surprised me during the India v Australia series 2019-20.
- Josh Hazlewood not opening the bowling in 3rd ODI vs India. It was in Sept 2013 v/s England that Josh bowled first change. Overall only thrice he bowled first change with run-rate of 5.51, and while opening the bowling his run-rate was 4.72.
- Finch run out dismissals was only the 4th in his 122 ODI match career
- Run out is a rare dismissals for Australian openers. This was only the 50th (from 10th Oct 1998)that an Australian opener was dismissed in this fashion. In this period they played 546 ODIs, losing 3515 wickets – viz 1.42 % of run out dismissals!.
- Australia successful chase of 256 in 1st ODI v/s India was only the 5th time they didn’t lose a single wicket while chasing a target!. Last time it was in WC 2007 against Bangladesh where they successfully chased down a target of 106.
- Marnus Labuschange became 91st Australia to debut in ODI (Oct 1998 onwards)He became the 17th to make a debut against India.
- Irrespective of batting first or second India’s last four 300 scores have come at the back of 100 plus opening stand.
- In ODIs Teams are finding it difficult to defend 260 or less. Since 2017 success rate is 27.35% for teams that batted first and scored 260 or less.
- Australia’s inability to defend 275 score is also a rarity. Since Oct 1998 they posted 275 plus score in 136 ODIs with success rate of 83.82%. Their defeat to India was the 20 th game (14.70%).
- Australia’s best winning streak after scoring 275 plus score is 44 ODIs which they had from 2nd Feb 1998 to 12th Dec 2005). Scoring 275 plus is defendable hence they have success rate of 84.51%
- India’s best winning streak after scoring 275 scores is 13 ODIs (1st April 1998- to Dec 5, 2000). Their success rate after scoring 275 is 73.94%.
- In the history of ODI cricket – there were 1035 instances when teams went past score of 275 while batting first, and 808 times they won those matches i.e 78.06% success rate!.
All data updated at end of 3rd Aus v Ind ODI , 19th Jan 2020.