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- This match was the 2077th One-Day International in cricket history.
- This match was the 74th between these two sides. The record now reads : Australia 45, India 26, abandoned 3.
- Irfan Pathan was making his debut. He became 153rd player to represent India in shorter version of the game.
- The fifth wicket partnership of 143 runs between Andrew Symonds and Michael Clarke is Australia’s best for this wicket against India. The pair obliterated the previous record partnership of 111 runs between Damien Martyn and Michael Bevan at Mumbai (Wankhede) on 01-11-2003
- Ajit Agarkar (6-42) recorded the best figures for India against Australia bettering Ravi Shastri’s 5 for 15 at Perth 08-12-1991. His previous personal best was 4 for 25 against Zimbabwe at Kanpur on 11-12-2000.
- Agarkar’s figures are in fact the third best for India in all ODIs after Anil Kumble’s 6 for 12 against West Indies at Calcutta on 27-11-1993 and Ashish Nehra’s 6 for 23 against England at Durban on 26-02-2003
- Agarkar’s figures are also the third best achieved by any bowler against Australia after West Indian Winston Davis’ 7 for 51 at Leeds on 11-06-2003 and New Zealander Shane Bond’s 6 for 23 at Port Elizabeth on 11-03-2003.
- Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar have now opened the innings together for India on 20 occasions and have aggregated 1264 runs at an average of 63.20. The pair has posted 11 50+ stands including six century stands. Among all the pairs who have added at least 1000 runs together for the opening wicket, the Sehwag- Tendulkar enjoys has the highest average.
- Sachin Tendulkar became third batsman to complete 2000 runs in a career against Australia during his innings of 63. At the end of this match Tendulkar has aggregated 2031 runs in 40 matches against Australia. Only two West Indians - Desmond Haynes (2262 runs in 64 matches) and Viv Richards (2187 runs in 54 matches) - have scored more runs in a career against Australia than Tendulkar.
- With a career aggregate of 2045 runs against Sri Lanka,Tendulkar became only the third batsman in ODI history to aggregate 2000 runs against two countries after West Indian Desmond Haynes (2262 runs v Australia and 2390 runs v Pakistan) and Pakistani Saeed Anwar (2197 runs v Sri Lanka and 2002 runs v India).
- Sourav Ganguly became the quickest to complete 9000 runs in One-Day Internationals during his innings of 82. Ganguly needed 236 matches and 228 innings to reach that mark. The previous record was held by fellow teammate Sachin Tendulkar who had taken 242 matches and 235 innings to do so. Ganguly also became the third Indian and only the sixth batsman overall to perform this feat.
- Michael Clarke became second Australian to take four catches in the field after Mark Taylor who did so against West Indies at Sydney on 08-12-1992.
- Clarke also became third player to take four catches in the field against India after two New Zealanders Ken Rutherford (at Napier on 16-02-1995) and Chris Harris (at Colombo RPS on 16-07-2001). Incidentally the previous record of most catches in an innings for Australia against India was of three catches made on four occasions.
- India’s total of 270 is their highest ever in a match on Australian soil bettering the previous highest of 267 for six against Pakistan at Adelaide on 25-01-2000. Incidentally India’s previous highest total against Australia in Australia was 241 for six at Melbourne on 12-01-2000.
- As many as 17 batsmen were dismissed ‘caught’ in the match which is the third maximum number of dismissals in this fashion in a match. The record is of 18 ‘caught’ dismissals made in the match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at Colombo PSS on 30-03-1986. Also in the Carlton Series match between Zimbabwe and West Indies at Sydney on 23-01-2001, a total of 17 batsmen were out caught.
- The match aggregate of 558 runs for the loss of 20 wickets is the highest between Australia and India in Australia. The previous highest was 510 for the loss of 13 wickets at Melbourne on 12-01-2000.
- Agarkar’s bowling figures are the fourth best in ODI history for a losing cause. The record is held by Pakistan’s Imran Khan,who captured six for 14 against India at Sharjah on 22-03-1985, but India still managed to beat Pakistan by 38 runs. Others to take six wickets in a match which their sides ultimately lost are : New Zealander Shane Bond (6-23 v Australia at Port Elizabeth on 11-03-2003), South African Shaun Pollock (6-35 v West Indies at East London on 24-01-1999) and West Indian Tony Gray (6-50 v Australia at Port-of-Spain on 09-03-1991).
- Incidentally the previous best figures by an Indian bowler for a losing cause was 5 for 41 by Javagal Srinath against England at Bangalore on 26-02-1993.
- It was only the fourth time that India lost a match despite a opening century stand while batting second. The other three instances are : v Pakistan at Calcutta on 28-10-1989 (opening stand of 120 between Raman Lamba and Krish Srikkanth), v Pakistan at Sharjah on 23-10-1991 (opening stand of 124 between Vinod Kambli and Ravi Shastri) and v South Africa at East London on 19-10-2001 (opening stand of 101 between Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar).
- Andrew Symonds was winning his fifth Man of the Match award in his 81st match.
(Article: Copyright © 2004 Rajneesh Gupta)