India hit record 100-plus opening stands in a year

Rohit’s century habit
Rohit Sharma hit his sixth century against Australia in the fifth ODI. Now only Sachin Tendulkar, with nine centuries, has scored more hundreds against Australia. Desmond Haynes also hit six centuries. Both Tendulkar and Haynes played over 50 more ODIs versus Australia compared to Rohit’s 28 innings so far. Virat Kohli is next with five centuries in 26 innings. Rohit has hit centuries in each series (two or three teams) against Australia since his comeback in 2012.

Record 100-plus opening stands
After adding just 11 and 19 runs for the first wicket in first two ODIs, Rohit and Ajinkya Rahane hit century partnerships in each of the last three ODIs. This was the first instance of India having 100-plus opening stands in three consecutive ODIs.

This was India’s eighth century partnership for the first wicket in 28 innings 2017, a new record for most century stands in a year for any team. The previous record was also by India – seven each in 2002 and 2007. Among other teams, the record is six by South Africa in 2007 and New Zealand in 2015.

Spin superior
Undoubtedly the spinners play a major role in matches in subcontinent. It was no different in this series. India’s spin numbers were way better than the Australia’s. The home side’s slow bowlers picked up 18 wickets at average of 31.77 whereas the visitors’ could manage only five wickets at 81.80. India’s spinners took a wicket about every six overs compared to Australia’s 12-overs-plus.

There were three three-wicket hauls by India spinners – one each by Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel. None of Australia’s slow bowlers could strike more than once in any game. Australia played just one frontline spinner in their various line-ups. Adam Zampa played three games and Ashton Agar two.

The fast-bowling numbers weren’t too different from each other. India’s quicks…

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