On Tuesday, Virat Kohli created an embarrassing record as he became the first Indian captain to oversee a 10-wicket defeat against Australia in One Day Internationals (ODIs).
The Men in Blue suffered their first-ever ten-wicket defeat against the Aussies, and the tourists clinched only their fifth ten-wicket win in ODIs.
At the jam-packed Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, David Warner (128) and Aaron Finch (110) slammed unbeaten tons as Australia chased down the 256-run target in just 37.4 overs. This was also the second-highest target chased in 50-over cricket without losing a wicket.
South Africa holds the record for the highest target chased without losing a wicket when they gunned down 279 against Bangladesh in 2017.
Warner and Finch also set the record for the highest partnership for any wicket against India in ODIs (258) as they went past the previous record set by Steve Smith and George Bailey (242) in 2016.
This was also India’s fourth successive loss to Australia in ODIs at home. Notably, Finch & Co. had overturned a 2-0 deficit to win a five-match series 3-2 in India last year.
Earlier in the day, Kohli’s men bundled out for 255 in 49.1 overs after a disciplined bowling effort by the Aussies, who were playing their first ODI since the semi-final exit at the 2019 World Cup.
Left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc claimed three wickets while Pat Cummins and Kane Richardson picked up two wickets each.
For India, Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul added a 121-run partnership for the second wicket, but the hosts lost wickets at regular intervals to crash to a below-par score on a batting-friendly track.
India lost their last nine wickets for just 121 runs as they slipped from 134-1 to 255-all out.