Thirty-six balls, 115 runs
Stats highlights from an incredible one-day international in Bangalore
- Rohit Sharma's 209, off 158 balls with 12 fours and 16 sixes, is the slowest of the three double-centuries in one-day internationals. Virender Sehwag's 219 came off 149 balls (strike rate 146.97), while Sachin Tendulkar's unbeaten 200 was off 147 (136.05). Rohit's strike rate was 132.27.
- There were 16 sixes in Rohit's innings, which is the most by a batsman in an ODI innings. The previous record was 15 by Shane Watson during his unbeaten 185 against Bangladesh in Mirpur. Sixteen is also six more than the combined sixes that Sehwag and Tendulkar struck in their double-hundreds: Sehwag struck seven sixes in his 219, and Tendulkar just three in his unbeaten 200.
- Rohit's first 50 took him all of 71 balls. During that period, he played out 39 dot balls, took 24 singles, hit three fours and one six. In complete contrast, his last 59 came from a mere 18 balls: it included seven sixes and three fours, and he played out only four dot balls. Rohit brought up his 150 with only 27 balls left in the innings; at that point, it would've been unthinkable to imagine that he'd get a double. Yet, he faced two-thirds of the remaining balls from that stage (MS Dhoni scored 32 from 9 balls), and ended up on 209.
How Rohit paced his innings Runs Balls Dots 1s/2s/3s 4s 6s First 50 71 39 24/4/0 3 1 Second 50 43 22 13/2/0 1 5 Third 50 26 9 7/2/0 5 3 151 onwards 18 4 3/1/0 3 7 Total (209) 158 74 47/9/0 12 16
- Among those who bowled more than five balls to Rohit, the only bowler who ended with respectable stats was Watson: he conceded only three runs off ten balls, though he bowled during a stage when Rohit hadn't cut loose. Overall, Rohit scored at 6.90 runs per over against Australia's seamers, but he was unstoppable against spin, scoring 79 off 45 balls, a rate of 10.53 to the over.
Rohit against Australia's bowlers Bowler Balls Runs Run rate Dots 4s/ 6s Xavier Doherty 34 57 10.05 11 2/ 5 Clint McKay 28 48 10.28 11 2/ 5 James Faulkner 42 46 6.57 23 4/ 2 Nathan Coulter-Nile 28 32 6.85 14 4/ 1 Glenn Maxwell 11 22 12.00 4 0/ 3 Shane Watson 10 3 1.80 7 0/ 0 Aaron Finch 5 1 1.20 4 0/ 0
- Rohit's series tally of 491 is the highest by a batsman in a bilateral series. The next-best has also happened in this series: George Bailey's 478.
- The 167-run partnership between Rohit and MS Dhoni came at a run rate of 10.65 runs per over, the third-highest among all 150-plus partnerships in ODIs. The second-highest came in this series as well, when Rohit and Virat Kohli added 186 at a run rate of 10.73 in Jaipur.
- India's total of 383 is the 63rd instance of a team scoring 350 or more in an ODI, of which India have contributed 19. Three of those have been in this series itself - before this innings they had also scored 362 for 1 in Jaipur, and 351 for 4 in Nagpur. The next-highest number of such scores is 13, by South Africa, while Australia have 11. Nineteen of the 63 such scores have also happened in ODIs in India, which is again easily the highest; the next-best is 12 in South Africa, and then six in the West Indies.
- In the last six overs, India scored 115 runs, with the following over-wise break-up: 15, 16, 26, 20, 17, 21. It's the most runs scored in the last six overs of an ODI between two Test-playing sides in the last ten years. The only two instances of more runs were when New Zealand scored 122 against USA at The Oval in the 2004 Champions Trophy, and South Africa scoring 118 against Netherlands at Amstelveen in May 2013.
- India struck 19 sixes in their innings, the highest by any team. There had been four previous instances of 18. The total number of sixes in the match, 38, is also a record.
- Australia looked out of the match when they were 211 for 8, but the 115-run ninth wicket stand between James Faulkner and Clint McKay was an incredible fightback. That's the highest ninth-wicket stand for Australia in ODIs, and the fourth-best among all teams.
- The match aggregate of 709 is the fifth-highest in an ODI. Of the six instances when more than 700 have been scored in a match, three happened in this series.
- There were nine scores of 300 or more in this series, easily the highest number in a bilateral series. The five 350-plus scores is also a record in a bilateral series - the previous-best was two.
- Glenn Maxwell's half-century came off just 18 balls, the second-fastest in ODI history and the joint-quickest by an Australian. It equalled Simon O'Donnell's effort against Sri Lanka in Sharjah in 1990.
- Faulkner's 116 is the third-highest score by a No. 7 batsman in ODIs, and the best for an Australian. Only MS Dhoni and Shaun Pollock have scored more at that position, and both those scores were made within a span of five days, in the Afro-Asia Cup in 2007.
- Clint McKay went for 89 in his ten overs, the second-highest number of runs conceded by an Australian bowler: Mick Lewis had disappeared for 113 in that Johannesburg ODI in 2006. Nathan Coulter-Nile's 80 runs is in joint tenth place.
- Vinay Kumar went for 102 in his nine overs, which is only the fifth instance of a bowler conceding more more than 100 in an ODI. The previous-highest by an Indian was 88, by Zaheer Khan against Sri Lanka in Rajkot in 2009.
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