For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The India vs Australia series is very important for Virat Kohli and his team. This is their last bilateral series before the ICC Cricket World Cup 20189 which will be held in England from May 31. The two-match Twenty20 International series and five ODIs gives India the chance to settle down on their batting and bowling compositions ahead of the tournament. The Indian team are on a roll, winning three consecutive bilateral ODI series. This included a win in Australia for the first time ever and winning a series in New Zealand after 10 years in addition to securing a win against the West Indies in the five-match series. India have won three consecutive bilateral series at home against Australia and they will be determined to extend their domination in the upcoming series. Here are some of the key numbers for both sides in India vs Australia contests in India.3 – Number of consecutive series India have won against Australia at home in last 10 years. 26 – Number of wins for Australia in India in 56 ODIs. India have won 25 encounters. 159 – Number of runs required by MS Dhoni to reach 1000 runs in ODIs against Australia in India.RELATED 13 – Number of sixes needed by Rohit Sharma to hit 50 sixes in ODIs against Australia in India. 2 – Number of centuries required by Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli to hit the most number of centuries against Australia in India. Sachin Tendulkar has most with four centuries. 4 – Dhoni needs just four more dismissals to break Adam Gilchrist’s record of having the most number of victims in India vs Australia ODIs in India. 8 – Number of bilateral ODI series played between India and Australia in India. Both sides have won four series apiece. 9 – Number of 300+ scores by India in ODIs against Australia at home. Their highest total is 383/6 in 2013 in Bangalore. 12 – Number of 300+ scores for Australia in ODIs against India in India. Out of this, they have three 350+ scores while India have four 350+ scores. 1 – Number of Twenty20 International games won by Australia in India. They had secured the victory during the game in Barsapara in 2017. 182 – Number of runs scored by Aaron Finch in T20Is against India in India, which is the most from players of both sides. 1 – Number of ducks for Virat Kohli in T20Is and Australia dismissed him for the first time in the 2017 series. 9 – Total T20I wickets taken by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah in games against Australia. Bhuvneshwar has the most with five wickets. HIGHLIGHTSAustralia have won 26 out of 56 games against India in India.India have won three consecutive bilateral series against Australia at home.Australia last won a series in India in 2009 when they won seven-match series 4-2.
A listless locally-based Ghana Black Stars made an ignoble group stage exit from the ongoing African Nations Championship in Sudan after losing their second game 1:0 to Zimbabwe in Wad Madany, Sudan.The Stars have a final Group B date against Niger on Sunday, February 13, but the result will not count much for the pre-tournament favourites who now have only a slim mathematical chance to qualify from the group stage as an earlier opening group loss to South Africa’s Bafana Bafana adds up to the Zimbabwean shocker to almost shut out the Black Stars.On a night so much was expected of Coach Herbert Addo and his boys who had vowed to put the South African loss behind them and to run down Zimbabwe, it took a 70th minute header by Zimbabwean striker Archieford Gutu to beat goalkeeper Sammy Adjei and therefore put paid to the dreams of the Ghanaians.The Black Stars were finalists in the previous tournament, and had vowed only the championship diadem would be good enough this time round, however they would be the first to admit that the Warriors of Zimbabwe were more ambitious and indeed deserved their win.South Africa had early on beaten Niger by 2:0 and the result leaves South Africa with six points, followed by Niger and Zimbabwe with three points apiece and Ghana at the bottom with no point.Moments after the game, tongues were openly critical of Herbert Addo’s game plan, while many more saw the Black Stars’ exit as justification why he was not handed the coaching job for the senior national team. Story by Isaac Yeboah/Myjoyonline.com/Ghana