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Australia vs India, 2019: 3rd ODI – Statistical Highlights

All the major stats and numbers recorded during the series-decider in Melbourne.

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Team India. (Photo by Mike Owen/Getty Images)

Team India clinched the 3-match ODI series against Australia with a clinical seven-wicket win in the final ODI game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Batting first for the third time in this series, Australia posted their lowest total as they were bundled out for just 230. Yuzvendra Chahal’s record figures of 6/42 played a key role in helping India restrict the hosts.

India’s strong top three struggled to score runs at par with the required rate and the asking rate climbed up to six. However, MS Dhoni (87*) came to the rescue by anchoring the chase. Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav (61*) stitched an unbeaten 121-run stand for the 4th wicket to take India over the winning line with four balls to spare.

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All the major stats and numbers recorded during the series-decider in Melbourne:

A record series win for India:

1 – India became the first visiting side to win multi-game series in all the three formats in Australia. India won their first ever bilateral series in the ODI and Test formats in Australia on this tour. On their previous tour down under in 2016, India won the T20I series by a 3-0 margin. South Africa also won the bilateral series in all three formats against Australia in Australia but the T20I series wins were in the one-off matches.

List of records Yuzvendra Chahal created with his 6-wicket haul against Australia at the MCG


Dhoni stars in yet another chase:

103.07 – MS Dhoni’s batting average during successful chases in ODI cricket; the highest for any player who has batted more than 20 innings. Virat Kohli’s average dropped to 97.98 as he got out in this match. Dhoni has scored 2783 runs in 73 innings during successful ODI chases with two centuries and 19 fifties.


112 – This was the 112th time Dhoni featured in an ODI that his team won while chasing. Only Sachin Tendulkar (127) was part of more ODI victories while chasing. Dhoni went past Ricky Ponting’s tally of 111 wins while batting second.


1053 – Runs MS Dhoni has aggregated in ODI format in Australia. He is the 4th Indian to score 1000 ODI runs in Australia after Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.

A rare ODI series for Dhoni:

7 – Number of player of the series awards MS Dhoni has won in ODI cricket; the joint 2nd most for any Indian in this format. Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and Sourav Ganguly also have seven such awards while Sachin Tendulkar has a record number of 15 MoS awards.


2011 – The last instance when Dhoni was the recipient of a player of the series award in ODI format was during the 5-match home ODI series against in England. A month before this series, Dhoni was named as player of the series in the 5-match series in England.


2013 – The last instance of MS Dhoni finishing as the leading run-getter for India in an ODI series/tournament was during the 3-match ODI series in 2013 against South Africa. Dhoni scored 84 runs across the two innings he batted in that series.


Jhye gets better off Kohli:

3 – Jhye Richardson dismissed Kohli in all the three matches of this ODI series. This is only the 2nd instance when Kohli got out to the same bowler in three consecutive ODI matches. Kohli was dismissed by Junaid Khan on all three occasions during the 3-match series in 2012/13.


A dry game in terms of big hits:

0 – Number of sixes that were hit in this match; the first ODI match since the start of 2011 that lasted more than 90 overs without a six being hit. Both the teams collectively batted 98 overs this match.

The 2010 Dhaka ODI between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe was the last ODI to not witness a six with 90+ overs of play. Both the teams batted exactly 49 overs in that game without hitting a six.


2008 – Last time India bowled more than 45 overs in an ODI without conceding a six against Australia was back in 2008. They bowled full 50 overs without conceding a six in the 2008 CB Series final against the hosts in Sydney.

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