Australia has played five one-day internationals against India at Adelaide Oval, winning four times but losing the last ODI in February, 2012.
Two of the most memorable clashes involved the Waugh twins. In 1986, a young Steve Waugh top-scored with 81 and 14 years later, Mark Waugh made 116, the highest score at the ground in ODI games between Australia and India.
DAWN OF A NEW ERA
Australia v India, 26 January 1986
Australia had been having as tough time of it. The Aussies had been thumped by the Windies, distressed Test skipper Kim Hughes stepping aside after a humiliating defeat at Adelaide Oval and under new skipper Allan Border they had been beaten 3-1 for the Ashes in England. Now they had even been copping it in a home Test series at the hands of New Zealand. But how quickly things were about to change. Border’s side was on the cusp of a wonderfully exciting era but who at Adelaide Oval would have believed the one-day side about to tackle India would the following year win the World Cup in India?
A youngster had been promoted to the Aussie line-up who was about to make a big difference. Highly-skilled 20-year-old New South Welshman Steve Waugh had just weeks earlier made his ODI debut after earning a baggy green cap for the Boxing Day Test. It didn’t take long for the knowledgeable Adelaide crowd to realise here was a pretty special talent. Waugh top-scored with 81 from just 75 balls with four fours and two sixes and with support from chirpy allrounder Greg Matthews, who made 44, Australia reached 8/262.
Champion Indian opening batsman Sunil Gavaskar displayed his style and skills in reaching 77 before he was caught behind by local favourite Wayne Phillips from the bowling of Bruce Reid. The lanky left-arm paceman - also in his first summer of international cricket - stood tall to claim 5/53 from his 10 overs as the Aussies bowled India out for 226.
Australia’s side for an Australia Day celebration involving 28,236 fans featured six players who would be key members of the World Cup-winning team of the following year - skipper Border, Waugh, David Boon, Geoff Marsh, Craig McDermott and Reid.
FAST AND FURIOUS
Australia v India, 26 January 2000
Superstar one-day openers Mark Waugh and Adam Gilchrist had India on the back foot from the start, two of the most dynamic limited-overs players this country has seen combining for a 163-run opening stand. Gilchrist fell to leg-spin great Anil Kumble eight short of a deserved ton but Waugh went onto another three-figure score, making 116 from 131 balls and adding 100 for the second wicket with Ricky Ponting (43) for good measure.
In the season Brett Lee stormed onto the scene with a wicket in his first over of Test cricket and first-up figures of 5/47 against India, the tearaway quick also snared a stunning five-wicket one-day haul as the Aussies stormed to a 152-run win at Adelaide Oval.
After Australia’s 5/329, Indian fans were looking to masterful Sachin Tendulkar if there was any chance of a fightback victory. But Lee picked him up for 18 slashing to third man where Stuart MacGill on the boundary rope plucked a sensational catch on the run. Next ball Lee beat Hrishikesh Kanitkar for pace and trapped him leg-before. He also clean bowled Kumble with a stunning inswinging yorker and No. 11 Debasis Mohanty was bowled seemingly before he brought his bat down. “That was pacy, I tell you,” declared iconic commentator Richie Benaud, as Lee snared 5/27 and India was bundled out for 177.