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INDvsAUS: Top 5 memorable ODI knocks by Indians Down Under

Nov 22, 2020 20:58 IST

Having beaten India in 51 of the 90 ODIs that produced a result in Australia, The Kangaroos have a significant edge over the men in Blue. But there have been some brilliant batting performances over the years by Indians Down Under. Here are top 5 of those super efforts. Number 5: Tendulkar 117* in CB series final 2008 At number 5 is the first final of the 2008 CB series. The occasion was massive and Sachin Tendulkar rose to it in style. Chasing 240, India lost quick wickets but the Master Blaster cracked his maiden ODI ton on Australian soil to seal a memorable win for India. His unbeaten 117 stunned the then world champions in their own den as India won the first final by 6 wickets. Number 4: Virat Kohli's 104 in Adelaide, 2019 Having already lost the first ODI, India found themselves in a must win situation in Adelaide in the 2019 series. Men in blue were chasing a mammoth 299 run-target but one made who made it look simple was Virat Kohli. He slammed his 39th ODI century, which was also Virat's 24th one day ton in a run-chase and helped his side bounce back in the series in style. Number 3: Rohit Sharma 171* in 2016, Perth Talking about smashing the Aussies and not mentioning Rohit Sharma would be unjust. The Mumbai lad set the tone for things to come in the 2016 ODI series with an unbeaten 171 in Perth. Though the Hitman powered his side to 309/3, his ton went in vain as Australia chased down the target in the last over. Despite losing the game, it still remains one of the most commanding innings by an Indian Down Under. Number 2: Manish Pandey's match winning 104* in 2016 In the last 5th and final ODI of the same series Manish Pandey announced himself at the international stage with an innings of a lifetime. Chasing a mammoth 331-run target, India had their backs against the wall when Rohit got out on 99. But Pandey motored on and on back of his maiden ODI ton, powered the visitors to 6-wicket win. His innings also made sure that India avoided a series whitewash vs Australia. Number 1: MS Dhoni's masterclass at MCG, 2019 With the 2019 ODI series locked at 1-1, it required a special effort from India's most celebrated finisher to make history. Chasing 231 on a tricky MCG track, MS Dhoni's unbeaten 87 helped India win the series decider by 7 wickets. Courtesy which, India became the first Asian team to win a bilateral series in Australia. What made this knock even more special was the fact that it came in a series leading up to the World Cup. Dhoni was later judged the man of the series for his 3 consecutive half-centuries.