India and Australia are one of the greatest rivalries in cricket. They have produced some of the mouth-watering clashes across all the three formats of the game. Individual duels like Sachin Tendulkar vs Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne vs Sourav Ganguly, and most recently Virat Kohli vs Mitchell Starc, all have made the game better.
So far, the Men in Blues have clashed 145 one-dayers with the Aussies winning 52 of those. Australia have the upper hand with 78 victories to their name with 15 matches abandoned or called off due to various reasons.
Every time these two teams have gone up against each other, they have produced some of the intense cricket matches keeping the fans tightly-seated. Today we will talk about some of the crushing ODI games since the birth of the game.
Here are the top 5 ODI matches between Australia and India:
1. India vs Australia (2008 CB Series 2nd final)
India and Australia met in the 2nd finals of CB series tri-series with the third team Sri Lanka. After India won the first finals at Sydney, both teams faced off each at Brisbane on 4th March 2008.
In that match, the then Indian captain MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first. Robin Uthappa and Sachin Tendulkar got the team off to a good start putting on 94 runs for the first wicket. It was a good batting display by India with Tendulkar being the top scorer with 91 runs. Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni scored valuable runs for the team, helping Men in Blue to post 258 for 9 in 50 overs.
Chasing the target of 259, Australia lost 3 early wickets for 32 runs. Matthew Hayden and Andrew Symonds added 89 runs for the fourth wicket. Symonds, Hayden, and Mike Hussey scored important runs for Australia. James Hopes played a great knock of 63. With 10 runs needed off 3 balls, James Hopes gave a catch to Piyush Chawla handing India 9 runs victory as Australia were bowled out for 249 in 49.4 overs.