At Perth, January 12, 2016. Australia won by five wickets. Toss: India. One-day international debuts: S. M. Boland, J. S. Paris; B. B. Sran.
There were three debutant fast bowlers at the WACA, but it was a retiree who made the biggest splash. Mitchell Johnson was ferried around the ground where he had enjoyed so much success, warm applause replacing the roars that so often greeted him. It was a reminder of what Australia - and cricket - had lost: not a single delivery topped 140kph. In a batsmen's match, Sharma feasted on a relatively green bowling attack, which included debutants Scott Boland and left-armer Joel Paris.
He passed Viv Richards's 153 not out at Melbourne in 1979-80, previously the highest ODI score by a visiting batsman against Australia, and reached 1,000 runs against them in a record 19 innings (Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar needed 20). Sharma's partnership of 207 with Kohli was the cornerstone of a formidable, but not - as it turned out - unattainable target. India's own debutant, the left-arm seamer Barinder Sran, removed both openers in his first spell, but after that the bowling was largely impotent. Smith and Bailey, who put on 242, took a particular liking to the spin of Ashwin and Jadeja, bolting to individual centuries, and set up a record successful chase on the ground.
Smith's 149 from 135 balls was the highest of his five one-day hundreds, and this was the first ODI to feature two double-century partnerships. It almost didn't, though: Bailey was reprieved first ball, when he gloved Sran down the leg side to Dhoni. Umpire Kettleborough said not out, but the Snickometer showed a clear spike, and there was a mark on Hot Spot. Never shy of a cheeky shot, Bailey reminded everyone why there was no DRS: "We're not the team that doesn't want it."
Man of the Match: S. P. D. Smith. Attendance: 15,004.