171* Rohit Sharma’s score – the highest by a visiting batsman against Australia in Australia, and the fifth-highest by any batsman in the country. The previous top score against Australia in Australia was Viv Richards’ 153 not out at the MCG in 1979-80. Rohit’s is also the third-highest score by an Indian batsman outside Asia.
19 Innings that Rohit needed to complete 1000 ODI runs against Australia – the fastest by any batsman. He bettered Tendulkar and Brian Lara, both of whom got to the mark in 20 innings. His average of 68.46 is the best by any batsman with 500 or more runs against Australia.
77.37 Runs per wicket in this match – the fourth-highest in an ODI in Australia. The highest is 220.50, set in 1991-92, by Pakistan and West Indies at the MCG.
1 Today was the first ever instance of more than one double-century partnership in a single ODI. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli added 207 for India, while Steven Smith and George Bailey supplied Australia with 242 runs.
2 Centuries by Smith in two successive ODIs against India. He had made 105 when the teams met in the semi-final of the 2015 World Cup, and now has 283 runs from three innings versus India.
85 Bailey’s average against India in ODIs – the best for any batsman with 500 or more runs against them.
3 Partnerships higher than the 242 between Smith and Bailey for Australia in ODIs. The highest also involves Smith – 260 with David Warner against Afghanistan, at the WACA again, in the 2015 World Cup.
2 There have only been two higher targets than the 310 today that have been chased successfully in Australia – 334 by the hosts against England at SCG in 2010-11 and 321 by India against Sri Lanka in Hobart in 2011-12. This was the sixth time a target of 300 or more was successfully chased in ODIs in Australia.
2 Instances of Australia’s Nos. 3 and 4 scoring a century in the same ODI, with Bailey and India involved in both of them. Prior to today’s batting display, Shane Watson had struck 102 and Bailey 156 against India in Nagpur in 2013-14.
1 ODI at the WACA which has had a higher match aggregate than the 619 struck today – Australia and New Zealand piled on 678 runs in 2006-07.
149 Smith’s score in this match – the third-highest for an Australia captain in ODIs, also the third-highest in chases for Australia and his own personal best.
176 Runs added by Australia between overs 16 and 40. In the same phase, India added only 138. This made Australia’s job a lot easier at the death, they needed 61 runs in the last ten overs, whereas India scored 93.
3 ODI centuries for Rohit in Australia – the joint-highest by an Indian, along with VVS Laxman. This was Rohit’s fourth century against Australia; only Sachin Tendulkar (9) and Desmond Haynes (6) have hit more ODI tons against Australia.
4 Scores of 150 or more for Rohit in ODIs, only Tendulkar is ahead of him with five such scores. Sanath Jayasuriya and Chris Gayle also have four scores of 150 or more.
4 Centuries for Rohit in ODI defeats. Among Indian batsmen, only Tendulkar (14) has more hundreds in lost causes. Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly also have four each that went in vain.
7.36 Economy rate of India’s spinners in this match. There has only been five occasions have they been costlier in ODIs, under condition of bowling at least 15 overs. Their worst, of 9.05, was also against Australia in Australia at the MCG in 2011-12, though that was a rain-affected 32-overs-a-side game.
207 The partnership between Rohit and Kohli for the second wicket – the highest second-wicket partnership against Australia in Australia, beating the 205 added by Haynes and Richards at the MCG in 1978-79.
7 Times that Kohli has been involved in double-century partnerships in ODIs – the joint-highest along with Ricky Ponting and Upul Tharanga. Kohli went past Tendulkar and Ganguly, who had been part of six 200-plus stands.
3 Wickets lost by India in their innings, equalling the fewest any team has given away in a completed, 50-over ODI innings against Australia. West Indies and South Africa are the others to manage this feat, but India are the first to do it in Australia. This was also India’s highest ODI total against Australia in Australia, and their second 300-plus score.
4 India bowlers who, on their debut, dismissed both openers of the opposition, before Barinder Sran: Avishkar Salvi, Tinu Yohannnan, M Venkataramana and Eknath Solkar. None of them went on to play 10 ODIs though. Also Sran is the fifth India bowler to take three or more wickets opening the bowling in his first ODI.
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