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Vital Statistics – India vs Australia

India took their revenge at home, as many predicted they would. After previously going down 4-0 in Australia, India’s answer was emphatic. The best statistic for Australia was probably the 100% success rate in winning the toss. The icing on the cake for India was taking the No.3 ranking off Australia.

Matches and Rankings:

Team Won Lost Draw Tosses Pre Series Rank Points Post Series Rank
India 4 0 0 0 4 +7 3
Australia 0 4 0 4 3 -7 4

India dominated with both bat and ball over the series, and it shows in the stats. One of the key figures in the batting is the number of centuries scored by Indians. It showed an ability to capitalise on starts. Australians made many of those, but only once did a batsman go on to make a big score. The run rates of both teams also show how much more comfortable in the conditions the Indians were.


Team Runs Average Run Rate 50s 100s Team High Score Key Batsman
India 2190 43.8 3.72 5 6 572 M Vijay 630 at 61.42
Australia 2046 25.89 2.66 12 1 408 M Clarke 286 at 47.66

One of the finds of the tour for India was Jadeja with the ball. Overall the spinners devastated Australia, with he and Ashwin leading a quartet who ripped Australia apart. Australia’s bowlers tried hard, and the deselection of Lyon was baffling. However, they had no answer to the Indian batsmen.

Team Overs Maidens Wickets Strike Rate 5WI Strike Bowler Miser Workhorse
India 767.5 195 79 58.32 5 R Jadeja (S.R 48.3) R Jadeja (Econ 2.16) R Ashwin (241.2, 72, 583-29)
Aus 587 108 50 70.44 3 G Maxwell (S.R 35.1) P Siddle (Econ 2.75) N Lyon (127.1,9, 560-15)

The partnership statistics also tell a story. India could rely more heavily on their openers to provide a solid start, though that was also an area that Australia could compete in. The numbers of milestone partnerships, as well as sessions batted without the loss of a wicket, show how difficult Australia found it to keep grinding it out. Australia were also competitive in terms of tailend runs, though in fairness that was more out of necessity than anything else.

Team Highest Partnership Best Opening Average Opening 50 100 Average lower order (7th-10th) Best lower order Full session no wicket loss
India 370 (Pujara & Vijay) 289 (Dhawan & Vijay) 71.71 5 6 22.50 140 (Dhoni & Kumar) 4
Aus 151 (Clarke & Henriques) 139 (Cowan & Warner) 40.50 10 3 22.35 97 (Smith & Starc) 2

India never failed to put up a first innings lead throughout this series. It allowed them to push hard for wins, and put Australia permanently on the defensive in their second innings. This is perhaps the most telling set of statistics. It shows just how far behind Australia were after the first innings, and how much ground they had to make up.

Team Average 1st Innings Best 1st Innings Average Lead Cumulative Lead Follow On Enforced
India 461.5 572 +139.75 +559 0
Aus 321.75 408 -139.75 -559 0

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