Every time India and Australia go head to head, regardless of the format, the excitement level is unmatched. There aren’t many other rivalries in the game of cricket that come close to the intensity that these 2 teams produce. Both teams are known for their aggressive brand of cricket and explosions are bound to happen on the cricket field.
The Australian side is all set to participate in the ODI overs series starting this Sunday. The last time they toured the country in the year 2013, it was a sheer run-feast. Heaps of runs were scored and plenty of records were broken. The batsmen enjoyed every bit of it and the bowlers suffered a nightmare. More than 300 runs were scored in almost all of the innings.
It was a 7-ODIs series which the home side won by a margin of 3-2 and the 2 matches were washed out. The momentum throughout the series kept fluctuating. It was tied at 2-2 and India won the last match to clinch the series. Let’s relive some of the iconic moments from one of the best bilateral ODI series of all time.
#1 MS Dhoni’s superlative show in Mohali
The 3rd ODI of the series was played at the PCA Stadium in Mohali with the series leveled at one apiece. India batted first and had a poor start as they were down to 76/4 in the 13th over. In walked the then captain MS Dhoni, the crisis man for the team. He shared a stand of 72 runs with Virat Kohli and steadied the ship.
But once Kohli departed, the home side suffered a collapse and was reduced to 230/7 in the 43rd over. That was the time when Dhoni came into his own and produced one of the finest innings of all time. He batted beautifully with the tail and bailed the side out of trouble to take them to 303/9 at the end. He stayed unbeaten at 139 off 121 balls that included 12 fours and 5 sixes. But his century went in vain as Australia clinched the game in a thrilling finish.