Stat Attack! Virat

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Stat Attack! Virat's feat, Smith's patience and India's misery at Canberra

Rohan Raj @ro4an_raj

Having lost the five-match series 0-3, the Indian cricket team on 20 January finally came close to pulling one back against a rampaging Australian brigade in the 4th One-Day International (ODI) at Manuka Oval in Canberra.

Playing just for pride, Team India had nothing to lose and it was pretty evident in their performance. The past three games had already prepared Indian fans against fretting over the lacklustre bowling - which truly lived up to the expectations as Australia amassed a staggering 349 runs.

It was the sheer class of Shikhar Dhawan (126) and Virat Kohli (106) that didn't just keep India alive in the match, but almost pulled off what could have been one of the most epic run-chases in ODI history. While the top-order came out with all guns blazing, the middle-order failed miserably, attracting the wrath of Indian fans on social media.

From 277/2 in 37.3 overs, India came down crashing to lose a whopping eight wickets for a mere 46 runs. To the sheer disbelief of Kohli and the utter dismay of Indian fans, India successfully managed to throw the game away in the last phase of the match.

While you come to terms with the reality of what actually unfolded at the Canberra grounds, here are a few interesting stats to take your mind off the bitter truth:

Record-breaking Steve Smith

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Steve Smith's ninth fifty (51 off 29 balls at Canberra) in ODIs is his first against India. In six successive innings against India, Smith has consistently posted 40+ scores - 47, 105, 149, 46, 41 & 51.

During the course of his aforesaid innings, Smith completed his 2,000 runs in ODIs - his aggregate being 2,013 in 68 matches at an average of 41.93.

Smith, with 287 runs at an average of 71.75 in four innings, is the leading run-getter for Australia in the current series. Only Virat Kohli (373 runs at an average of 93.25 in four matches, including two hundreds and two fifties) and Rohit Sharma (342 in four innings at an average of 114.00, including two hundreds) have managed more runs than Smith.

Virat Kohli's century record

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Team India's poster boy Virat Kohli took 162 innings to race to his 25 centuries - the least number of innings for this milestone, surpassing the 234 innings taken by Sachin Tendulkar. He became the fifth batsman to register 25 centuries or more in ODIs, joining Sachin Tendulkar (49), Ricky Ponting (30), Sanath Jayasuriya (28) and Kumar Sangakkara (25).

He is the third visiting batsman to hit nine centuries across all formats in Australia (five in Tests and four in ODIs), joining David Gower and Jack Hobbs

Kohli's tally of 15 centuries while chasing is the second highest next only to the 17 by Sachin Tendulkar. He has also recorded four ODI hundreds in Australia, sharing an Indian record with Rohit Sharma.

Aaron 'run-machine' Finch

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Aaron Finch notched up his first hundred against India during the 4th ODI at Canberra. It was also his seventh ton in ODIs. In the course of his innings, Finch has completed his 2,000 runs in ODIs in Australia - his aggregate being 2,072 (ave.39.09) in 56 matches.

Finch has posted five hundreds in Australia - two each at Melbourne and Canberra and one at Perth. The right-hander enjoys superb record in ODIs at Canberra - his tally being 254 in three innings at an average of 84.66.

He also became the second batsman after South Africa's Hashim Amla to record two centuries at this venue - his first being 109 off 127 balls against South Africa in 2014. Amla had managed 159 against Ireland in 2015 and 102 against Australia in 2014.

Dhawan finds his lost touch

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Shikhar Dhawan (127 off 112 balls) recorded his highest score against Australia in ODIs, eclipsing the 100 at Nagpur in 2013. The said knock is his second highest score in ODIs behind the 137 against South Africa at Melbourne in 2015.

In the course of his aforesaid innings, Dhawan completed his 3,000 ODI runs in 72 innings at an average of 43.47. He has established an Indian record for the quickest to this milestone, bettering Virat Kohli's feat of achieving the milestone in 75 innings.

Just two batsmen have achieved the feat in a fewer innings - Hashim Amla (57) and Vivian Richards (69). Both Gordon Greenidge and Gary Kirsten had taken 72 innings for their respective 3000 runs.

It's all about the partnerships

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Aaron Finch and David Warner were associated in a stand of 187 - the highest first wicket partnership by any pair in ODIs at Manuka Oval, Canberra, eclipsing the 118 by the same pair against South Africa in 2014.

The above partnership is the fourth highest in ODIs at Canberra behind the 372 for the second wicket between Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels for the West Indies against Zimbabwe in 2015, 247 for the second wicket between Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis for South Africa against Ireland in 2015 and 212 for the second wicket between Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli in 2016.

Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli were associated in a stand of 212 - India's highest second-wicket partnership against Australia in ODIs, eclipsing the 207 between Kohli and Rohit Sharma at Perth in the same series. The said stand is the highest for any wicket against Australia at Manuka Oval, Canberra in ODIs.

Ishant Sharma's nightmare

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Ishant Sharma (4/77) is the first Indian bowler to take four wickets in an innings at Canberra. Ishant's figures are his second best vs Australia in ODIs behind the 4 for 38 at Melbourne on February 10, 2008.

However, Sharma conceded 77 runs during the 4th ODI - the most runs by an Indian bowler in an ODI in Australia, surpassing Debasis Mohanty (10-0-76-2) against Pakistan at Hobart in 2000.

Irfan Pathan had conceded 75 runs while capturing two wickets against Australia at Sydney on February 8, 2004.

The art of losing despite a 300+ total

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India (323) have posted their third-highest losing total in ODIs, next only to the 347 against Australia at Hyderabad in 2009 and 328 against Pakistan at Peshawar in 2006. The said total is their highest score in ODIs in Australia, surpassing the 321/3 against Sri Lanka at Hobart in 2012.

India has lost three ODIs in Australia, despite scoring 300 or more for the first time in a series.

Kane Richardson's heroics

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Kane Richardson (5/68) recorded his best bowling figures in ODIs, eclipsing the 2-36 against Pakistan at Abu Dhabi on October 12, 2014.

He also became the first bowler to capture five wickets in an innings at Manuka Oval, Canberra, eclipsing the 4-21 by Kyle Abbott (South Africa) against Ireland in 2015. For his efforts, Richardson was ruled the Man of the Match for the first time in his ODI career.

Rohan Raj

Rohan Raj @ro4an_raj