India's historic Aus win contrasts with past debacles

Virat Kohli gestures to supporters as his teammates celebrate a 2-1 series victory over Australia following play being abandoned on day five in the fourth test match between Australia and India at the SCG in Sydney. AAP/REUTERS

The Indian cricket team started 2019 with a monumental Test Cricket victory over Australia by beating them 2-1 for the first time on home turf.

Since 1947, India has tackled Australia on their home turf 12 times. To commemorate the first victory, we bring the matches India had and where they ended before this year.

1947/48: 5-match series.

Australia won the 5-match series 4-0 and one match was drawn. In the first match, Australia won with one innings an 226 runs, the second was a draw, Australia won the third match by 233 runs, the fourth by one innings and 16 runs and the final match by an innings and 177 runs.

 

1967/68: 4-match series.

Australia won this series with a full 4-0. The team took the first match by 146 runs, the second match by an innings and 4 runs, the third by 39 runs and the final match by 144 runs.

 

1977/78: 5-match series.

While Australia won this series as well, India managed to make a small dent in the margin by taking 2 matches. Australia won the first, second and final matches by 16 runs, 2 wickets and 47 runs respectively while India won the third and fourth matches by 222 runs and one innings and 2 runs respectively.

 

1980/81: 3-match series.

This was the first draw between the two teams as Australia won the first match by an innings and 4 runs and India won the third match by 59 runs - the second match was a draw.

 

1985/86: 3-match series.

This series saw no victors as India and Australia drew all three matches.

 

1991/92: 5-match series.

This series was a repeat of 1947 in that Australia won 4 of the 5 matches and one was a draw. Australia won the first, second, fourth and final matches by 10 wickets, 8 wickets, 38 runs and 300 runs respectively while the third was a draw.

 

1999/2000: 3-match series.

This series was an absolute victory for Australia as the team won all the three matches with 285 runs, 180 runs and one innings and 141 runs respectively.

 

2003/04: 4-match series.

This series saw another draw as India won the second match by 4 wickets, Australia won the third match by 9 wickets, while the first and final matches were a draw.

 

2007/08: 4-match series.

Australia scored a marginal victory in this series as the team won the first two matches by 337 runs and 122 runs respectively, while India won the third match by 72 runs and the final match was a draw.

 

2011/12:  4-match series.

Australia returned in strong form, scoring another absolute victory over India in this series. The team took the first match by 122 runs, the second match by an innings and 68 runs, the third match by an innings and 37 runs and the final match by 298 runs.

 

2014/15: 4-match series.

Australia took this series home as well with winning the first match by 48 runs and the second match by 4 wickets, while the final matches were a draw, bringing us to...

 

2018/2019: 4-match series.

India achieved a historic first Test series victory in Australia by a 2-1 margin. The first match in Adelaide was a close one with India winning by 31 runs. Australia then bagged the second Test in Perth by a comprehensive 146 runs. India fought back in the third Test in Melbourne, which they won by 137 runs. Rain then played spoilsport in the fourth Test in Sydney with India in a commanding position. That match was drawn, which left the series scoreline at 2-1; it was a new frontier breached for India's Test team.


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