India Vs Australia: Over the years

Vineet Ramakrishnan

Lets take a look back at the historic matches India and Australia have played in the past.

1947-48 in Australia

The Indian team toured Australia in the 1947–48 season to play a five-match Test series against Australia, Australian team at that time were at their peak and were known as the Invincibles and they went on to win the series 4-0, with one match drawn. This was India`s inaugural tour of Australia and it was also the first tour by a team representing the newly independent India. Independence had been finalised only two months before the tour began.

The only silver lining for India in terms of match results was their two victories in the First Class Matches. The frst match at Brisbane was an eye opener for India as the visitors were shot out for 58 runs courtesy a fiery spell by Ernie Toshack who eventually ended with a match haul of 11 for 31. India lost the match by an innings-and-226-run.

The second match at Sydney is best remembered for the infamous "Mankading" incident, in which the Indian bowler,Vinoo Mankad ran out the Australian batsman Bill Brown for backing up too far, despite being warned in the first test.

At Melbourne, Bradman came to the fore hitting centuries in each innings resulting in a 223 runs win for the hosts. In Adelaide, Bradman scored a double (201) with Ray Lindwall taking 7 for 38 to give Australia victory by an innings-and-16 runs. Australia sealed victory I nthe final Test as well an innings-and-177 runs. Australia 4 India 0

Australia in India (1956-57)

First Test at Madras, Australia won by an innings and 5 runs (India 161 and 153; Australia 319). Second Test Bombay endedin a draw (India 251 and 250/5; Australia 523/7d) and final Test in Calcutta, Australia won by 94 runs (Australia 177 and 189/9d; India 136 and 136). Benaud finished the series with 23 wickets.

Result Australia 2, India 0, Drawn 1

Australia in India (1959-60)

First Test at Feroz Shah Kotla, Australia won by an innings and 127 runs (India 135 and 206; Australia 468). At Kanpur, second Test India won by 119 runs (India 152 and 291; Australia 219 and 105), this is India's first Test victory against Aussie. 3rd Test in Bombay drawn (India 289 and 226/5d; Australia 387/8d and 34/1). Forth Test in Madras Australia won by an innings and 55 runs (Australia 342; India 149 and 138 f/o) and final Test at Eden Gardens, Calcutta drawn (India 194 and 339; Australia 331 and 121/2)

Result Australia 2, India 1, Drawn 2

Australia in India (1964-65)

At Madras, first Test Australia won by 139 runs (Australia 211 and 397; India 276 and 193). 2nd Test at Brabourne Stadium, Bombay India won by 2 wickets (Australia 320 and 274; India 341 and 256/8) while third Test in Calcutta Match drawn (Australia 174 and 143/1; India 235) and the series was tied 1-1.

Result Australia 1, India 1, Drawn 1

India in Australia (1967-68)

Australia cleansweeped India to win the series 4-0. First Test match at Adelaide Oval: Australia won by 146 runs (Australia 335 and 369; India 307 and 251). 2nd Test at Melbourne Australia won by an innings and 4 runs (India 173 and 352; Australia 529). 3rd Test at Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane Australia won by only 39 runs (Australia 379 and 294; India 279 and 355) and final Test at Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia won by 144 runs (Australia 317 and 292; India 268 and 197)

Result Australia 4 India 0, Drawn 0

Australia in India (1969-70)

First Test played at Bombay: Australia won by eight wickets (India 271 and 137; Australia 345 and 67/2). The second Test, a low-scoring draw (India 320 and 312/7d; Australia 348 and 95/0). India won the Delhi Test by seven wickets (Australia 296 and 107; India 223 and 181/3) and leveled the series 1-1, this was the debut match of Gundappa Viswanath. At Kolkata, Australia bounced back with a ten-wicket win (India 212 and 161; Australia 335 and 42/0). In the final Test at Chennai Australian beat India by 77-runs (Australia 258 and 153; India 163 and 171)

Result Australia 3, India 1, Drawn 1

India in Australia (1977-78)

First Test match at Brisbane: Australia won by 16-run (Australia 166 and 327; India 153 and 324). In Perth Test Australia went up 2-0 (India 402 and 330/9d; Australia 394 and 342/8). Bedi took ten, Mohinder Amarnath had scores of 90 and 100, and Gavaskar hit 127 but in vain. Melbourne Test, Gavaskar his a third century Test, Chandrasekhar capturing 6 for 52 in both innings, as India won by 222 runs (India 256 and 343; Australia 213 and 164). This was India's first victory in Australia. At Sydney India won again and levelled the series by an innings and 2 runs (Australia 131 and 263; India 396/8d). Australia came back hard at Adelaide, and won the match by 47-run (Australia 505 and 256; India 269 and 445) and win the series by 3-2.

Result Australia 3, India 2, Drawn 0

Australia in India (1979-80)

This was Australia's first tour of India in ten years, six months after the dispute with Kerry Packer's World Series had been settled. India seal six Test match series by 2-0. First two Test match were drawn at Madras (Australia 390 and 212/7; India 425) and Bangalore (Australia 333 and 77/3; India 457/5d). India won Kanpur Test by 153-runs (India 271 and 311; Australia 304 and 125). The fourth and fifth Test at Delhi (India 510/7d; Australia 298 and 413 f/o) and Calcutta (Australia 442 and 151/6d; India 347 and 200/4) draw as well. India went into the final Test at Bombay (now Mumbai) in a position from which they could not lose the series. India won by an innings and 100 runs (India 458/8d; Australia 160 and 198 f/o).

Result India 2, Australia 0, Drawn 4

India in Australia (1980-81)

Three Test match series was drawn at 1-1. First Test at Sydney: Australia won by an innings & 4-runs (India 201 and 201; Australia 406), as second Test match played at Adelaide was a draw (Australia 528 and 221/7d; India 419 and 135/8). But in the third Test match at Melbourne India won by 59-runs (India 237 and 324; Australia 419 and 83). Australia were all out in second innings only 83 runs.

Result India 1, Australia 1, Drawn 1

India in Australia (1985-86)

All Test matches played at Adelaide (Australia 381 and 17/0; India 520), Melbourne (Australia 262 and 308; India 445 and 59/2) and Sydney were drawn (India 600/4d; Australia 396 and 119/6 f/o). Australia saved the last Test match after follow-on.

Result Australia 0, India 0, Drawn 3

Australia in India (1986-87)

History was made on September 22 at the Chepauk Stadium when only the second Test in history was tied. India needed four runs from the final over of the day but their chances were ruined as Maninder Singh was given lbw to the last ball of the game with the scores level (Australia 574/7d and 170/5d; India 397 and 347). It was a thrilling climax. Other two Test played at Bombay (Australia 207/3d; India 107/3) and Delhi were drawn.(Australia 345 and 216/2; India 517/5d). In One-day series India beat Australia by 3-2.


Tests: Australia 0, India 0, Tie 1, Drawn 2

ODIs: India 3 Australia 2

India in Australia (1991-92)

Excellent bowling from Craig McDermott and Bruce Reid consigned India to ten and eight wicket defeats at Brisbane (India 239 and 156; Australia 340 and 58/0) and Melbourne (India 263 and 213; Australia 349 and 128/2), but come Sydney and a 19-year-old dazzled in a draw (Australia 313 and 173/8; India 483). Sachin Tendulkar, on a slow track, hit what many regard as his best Test innings, a brilliant 148. The fourth Test at Adelaide was a tight contest, but Australia came back from a poor first-innings to make 451 and won by 83 runs (Australia 145 and 451; India 225 and 333). Tendulkar hit another sublime century at Perth but Mike Whitney's bowling outshone him and hundreds to Boon, Jones and Tom Moody resulted in a 300-run victory (Australia 346 and 367/6d; India 272 and 141).

Result Australia 4, India 0, Drawn 1

Australia in India (1996-97) Border-Gavaskar Trophy

Australia's attempt to record a first Test success in India since 1969-70 were dashed as India won the one-off at Delhi by seven wickets (Australia 182 and 234; India 361 and 58/3). Anil Kumble took 4 for 63 (and 5 for 67 in second inning) to bowl Australia out for 182 on day one. Nayan Mongia took advantage of depleted bowling attack to hit his only Test hundred, adding 131 for the 2nd wicket partnership with Sourav Ganguly. India crossed the target of 58 for 3 in 13.2 overs .

Result India 1, Australia 0, Drawn 0

Australia in India (1997-98) Border-Gavaskar Trophy

Warne got his man for just 4 in the first innings of the opener at Chennai as India made 257 but Tendulkar replied in the second innings with a brilliant unbeaten 155 that included four sixes and 14 fours. India won first two Test matches at Chennai (India 257 and 418/4d; Australia 328 and 168) and Kolkata (Australia 233 and 181; India 633/5d). Tendulkar hit 177 in the final Test at Bangalore but Mark Waugh's 153 not out and Michael Kasprowicz's 5 for 28 earned Australia a consolation victory (India 424 and 169; Australia 400 and 195/2).

India in Australia (1999-2000) Border-Gavaskar Trophy

Australia routed India by 3-0, but Sachin Tendulkar was declared Man of the Series for . First Test at Adelaide: Australia won by 285-runs (Australia 441 and 239/8d; India 285 and 110) and second Test won by 180-runs at Melbourne (Australia won by 180 runs). At Sydney Test Australia beat India by 141-runs (India 150 and 261; Australia 552/5d).

Result Australia 3, India 0, Drawn 0

Australia in India (2000-01) Border-Gavaskar Trophy

Australia won the first Test at Mumbai by 10 wickets in three days (India 176 and 219; Australia 349 and 47/0). Kolkata Test India won by 171 runs (Australia 445 and 212; India 171 and 657/7d f/o), India were staring at defeat after following-on. Enter Laxman, who scripted a flawless 281 in a 376-run stand with Rahul Dravid, whose 180 was perhaps the best supporting act in history. A zestful Harbhajan Singh, who took India's first hat-trick in the first innings, took 6 for 73. At Chennai, Harbhajan taking 15 wickets and Tendulkar hitting 126 after Hayden's first double-century, in a pulsating two-wicket win (Australia 391 and 264; India 501 and 155/8). In One-Day International Australia beat India by 3-2.


Tests: India 2, Australia 1, Drawn 0

ODIs: Australia 3, India 2

India in Australia (2003-04) Border-Gavaskar Trophy

The four Test match series was drawn. First Test at Brisban intrupted by rain, Indian captain Sourav Ganguly hit a century (Australia 323 and 284/3d; India 409 and 73/2). In the second Test Australia were looking ominous at 400 for 5 but Kumble's five got them to 556. India lose five wicket under 100 runs before Dravid's heroics toppled the hosts. His 233 and Laxman's 148 took India to 523 and Ajit Agarkar's 6 for 41 shot Australia out for 196, setting India 230 to win. True to form, Australia fought hard but Dravid's unbeaten 72 sealed a fantastic win by 4 wickets (Australia 556 and 196; India 523 and 233/6). Australia bounced back in Boxing Day Test and levelled the series by 1-1. Sehwag thrilled with a first-day 195. Ponting's second consecutive double-century powered Australia to 558 and an eventually to nine-wickets win (India 366 and 286; Australia 558 and 97/1). The final Test at Sydney (India 705/7d and 211/2d; Australia 474 and 357/6), Waugh's home farewell, saw India put up their highest score, 705 for 7, Tendulkar's unbeaten 241 and Laxman's classy 178, but Australia save the match in final day and series end at 1-1.

Result Australia 1, India 1, Drawn 2

Australia in India (2004-05) Border-Gavaskar Trophy

Australia won the first Test at Bangalore by 217 (Australia 474 and 228; India 246 and 239). Michael Clarke's 151 and Gilchrist's murderous 104, while Harbhajan excelled with 11 wickets in the match. Second Test match saw rain scuppered a classic as the India teams moved to Chennai (Australia 235 and 369; India 376 and 19/0). Kumble took 7 for 48 and Virender Sehwag blazed 155 out of India's first-innings. Australia seal the series with big win at Nagpur (Australia 398 and 329/5d; India 185 and 200 ) that was highlighted by Martyn and Clarke. The final Test, on a minefield of a pitch at the Wankhede Stadium, went India's way as Australia were bowled out for 93 in a low-scoring thriller. India win by 13-run (India 104 and 205; Australia 203 and 93), Tendulkar and Laxman scripted fighting half-centuries before Clarke nipped out six wickets, but Harbhajan and Murali Kartik bowled very well Australia bowled out on 93.

Result Australia 2, India 1, Drawn 1

India in Australia (2007-08) Border-Gavaskar Trophy
Australia won the first two Test matches at Melbourne (Australia 343 and 351/7d; India 196 and 161) and Sydney (Australia 463 and 401/7d; India 532 and 210). The Sydney Test end at second last over of the match. Sydney Test popular saw umpires giving 11 wrong decision in the match, 10 decision in favour of Australia and only one decision in favour of Indian. India bounce back at world fastest pitch at Perth and beat Australia first time at Perth (India 330 and 294; Australia 212 and 340). Last test match at Adelaide end with draw (India 526 and 269/7d; Australia 563).

Result Australia 2, India 1, Drawn 1

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