India triumph despite a Hayden special

It was the first ODI between India and Australia in the 2001 series and it marked Hayden's arrival.

Thursday, March 06, 2022

India v Australia, 2001, 1st ODI, Bangalore

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When: March 25, 2001
Where: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
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  • Momentum with hosts: India’s morale coming into this ODI series was sky-high after their inspiring 2-1 Test series win over Australia.
  • Looking for revenge: Steve Waugh’s men were looking for vengeance after the shocking Test series loss. Also their world record streak of 16 victories was brought to a halt by the Indians at Kolkata.
  • The dangerous ‘Turbanotor’: Harbhajan Singh who single-handedly ripped through the Aussie batting line-up in the Test matches was the man to watch out for the Kangaroos.
  • Comeback of ODI specialists: The Aussies received a major boost with the comebacks of one-day specialists Michael Bevan, Ian Harvey, Darren Lehmann, Damien Martyn and Fleming to the squad.
  • Australia-India rivalry in cricket has been one of the finest and fiercest over the past decade. The subcontinent gians have constantly been successful in giving the world champions a hard-hitting battle. The two teams were heading into the 5-match ODI series opener on the back of a classic Test series, which the hosts won 2-1 in an awe-inspiring manner.

    Ganguly’s men were successful in ending the Kangaroos’ record 16-Test winning streak at Kolkata, and were further targeting to halt the visitor’s 10-match ODI winning streak heading into this ODi at Bangalore. Meanwhile, after being deprived from winning their first Test series in India for nearly 30 years, Steve Waugh and his bunch of hunters were looking to retaliate with an ODI series triumph before flying back home.

    The toss went in India’s favour and without any hesitation, Ganguly decided to bat first after looking at the flat pitch and perfect batting conditions. Both teams were going into this day-night encounter at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore with four frontline bowlers and six batsmen. India had a fresh looking middle-order batting line-up with Sehwag, Badani and wicketkeeper Vijay Dahiya in the mix. Nayan Mongia and Ajay Ratra were axed.

    After a dismal run in the Test series, the Indian skipper was looking for some kind of luck with the bat in the limited version of the game. But unfortunately for Ganguly, he failed again with the willow after gifting an easy catch to short cover fielder Mark Waugh off seamer Damien Fleming. The ‘Prince of Kolkata’ managed to score only six runs.

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    Sachin Tendulkar took nemesis Glenn McGrath to the cleaners

    Explosive start

    The fall of Ganguly brought the in-form pair of Tendulkar and VVS Laxman together. The duo did not look in any sort of trouble during their quickfire 36-run partnership off 25 balls. ‘The little master’ was particularly looking in a dangerous mood as he was in typical fashion, murdering the Aussie attack to all parts of the ground. McGrath took most of the heat, as Sachin smashed 19 runs from just one of his overs.

    A mix-up with Laxman brought an end to his wicket as he was run out on 35 runs - an innings that included 6 boundaries and a huge six over over mid wicket off McGrath.

    Tendulkar’s dismissal saw Laxman taking over the role of the aggressor. He single-handedly clobbered Harvey and Shane Warne for 10 runs and above in an over respectively. His hostility brought his downfall as he lofted a simple catch to a well-placed Martyn in the deep off Harvey. The stylish right-hander from Hyderabad played a brisk knock of 45 runs off just 34 balls. His stay at the crease witnessed 7 hits to the fence and a solitary six.

    The awesome-twosome pair of Laxman and Dravid added 50 runs off just 31 balls for the 3rd wicket. India piled on a thumping 102 runs in the first 15 overs at a rate of 6.8 per over, but at the cost of three top-order wickets.


  • Australia were without their finest strike bowlers Jason Gillespie and Brett Lee in the ODI series.
  • Despite his match-winning captaincy, Sourav Ganguly was under constant criticism for his lack of form with the bat.
  • India’s young and inexperienced middle-order batting line-up came off good in this match. The knocks of Sehwag and Dahiya were crucial to help India cruise to 300 plus total.
  • ‘The Wall’ to the rescue

    Dravid was left alone out in the middle with the responsibility on his shoulders to marshal a young and inexperienced middle order. Hemang Badani was caught at slip by Mark Waugh after failing to read a googly from Warne. The southpaw hung around in the middle for his 11 runs.

    ‘The Wall’ was then joined by comeback man Virender Sehwag, who was given the nod ahead of Robin Singh for the crucial 6th spot in the batting line-up. Dravid and the Delhi batsman batted smartly as they milked part-timers Mark Waugh and Martyn for easy runs. The Nawab of Najafgarh was looking in a belligerent mood as he smashed eight boundaries to bring up his maiden ODI half-century. The pair of Dravid-Sehwag yielded a pivotal 100 runs for the 5th wicket.

    Virender’s swashbuckling innings of 58 runs came to an end when Fleming rattled his stumps with an off-cutter. But Dravid continued to carry the bulk of the load to steer India to a big total with the support of new wicketkeeper batsman Dahiya. The duo shared a brisk partnership of 61 runs in less than 7 overs.

    Dravid’s uncharacteristic innings of 80 runs came to an end when he held out to Harvey at long on off Martyn. Dahiya kept the momentum going on as he played an entertaining knock of 51 runs, his first ODI fifty to drive the host’s total pass 300 runs. The Delhi-born glovesman was eventually run out in the penultimate over of the innings.

    Agarkar (13), Harbhajan Singh (0) and Srinath (2) all were dismissed cheaply as they attempted to up the ante in the death overs. The Indian innings folded out for 315 in the final over.

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    Dravid and Laxman continued from where they left off in the Test series
    Early setbacks

    Australia started their innings with a new opening pair. It was an in-form Matthew Hayden instead of Gilchrist who came out to partner Mark Waugh. ‘Gilly’ was moved down the order considering his poor run of form in the Test series.

    The tourists did not get off to an ideal start as an experienced Mark Waugh was bowled by Srinath for 5 runs. Ricky Ponting’s miserable tour continued as he handed out an easy catch to Dravid off Zaheer Khan for 9 runs. The Aussies were struggling at 44-2 in the 8th over at that juncture.

    Threatening partnership

    Matthew Hayden who returned to ODI cricket after a year’s gap was looking assured with his aggressive strokeplay. He did not let the early setbacks hamper him as he dismantled the pace trio of Srinath, Zaheer and Agarkar in their initial spells. The burly southpaw from Queensland along with Bevan accumulated 110 runs for the third-wicket in quick time. It took a good catch from substitute Robin Singh off Ganguly to send the ‘Terminator’ Bevan back to the pavilion, one short of his 35th ODI fifty.

    With Hayden and Bevan going great guns in the middle, Ganguly’s move to introduce Harbhajan into the attack was a crucial phase of play in the match. Fresh from his Man of the Series performance in the Test series, the ‘Turbanator’ was able to restrict the scoring rate with his well-flighted off-spinners. His tightening of runs from one end allowed part-time bowlers like Sehwag and Ganguly capitalise from the other.

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    Matthew Hayden (99 off 90 balls)

    The well-built Queenslander, who was making a comeback into the Australian team, nailed his place in the side with some remarkable performances on this particular tour of India. The southpaw was the top-performer for the Kangaroos in the Test as well as ODI series.

    Following his brilliant performances in the Tests, the hard-hitting cemented his spot in the ODI team with some crucial knocks in the limited-over series. After Mark Waugh got injured in the 2nd ODI at Pune, it was ‘Haydos’ who became the main stay in the top-order.

    Hayden was unfortunate to be trapped LBW by Sehwag on 99 runs - missing out on his maiden ODI century. Replays showed that the ball would have missed the off-stump. His destructive innings came off just 90 balls- an innings which was well-constructed with seven boundaries and a soaring six.

    A rusty Damien Martyn, was next to go as he knicked a straight-forward catch to the keeper to become Sehwag’s second victim. It was then all left to the Aussie skipper Steve Waugh and his deputy Adam Gilchrist to rescue their team from going one down in the series.

    The duo responded well with a run-a-ball 33-run stand until yet another umpiring error followed. SK Sharma quickly raised his finger after a Sehwag delivery struck Waugh on the pads; a ball which took the bottom edge of the bat. The Australian captain looked stunned with the judgment and had a few words to exchange as he passed the umpire on his way back to the pavilion after making 18 runs.

    Gilchrist’s late flurry of 27 runs was interrupted when Zaheer Khan disturbed the timber with a yorker. At this time, the match went beyond the reach of the team from Down Under. The lower-order wickets then fell in a heap with Srinath doing most of the damage. Australia were bundled out for 255 runs in the in the 44th over, falling 60 runs short of the Indian total.

    Sehwag rounded off a great day with a match-winning bowling effort of 3/59 while Srinath and Zaheer Khan supported well by scalping three and two wickets respectively.

    With this well-earned victory, India moved 1-0 up in the series. The Bangalore ODI laid a great platform for the remaining four matches in the contest. Australia were able to come on top at the end of the series with a 3-2 win; thanks to a brillaint knock from Michael Bevan in the final ODI at Goa.

    This match gave team India another bright prospect in the form of Man of the Match Virender Sehwag. The Delhi batsman would go on to achieve superstar status in Indian cricket in the years to come.


  • India’s new find Sehwag did not feature in the remaining matches in the series as he injured himself during the Bangalore ODI. The Delhi batsman scored his maiden half-century in the Bangalore ODI
  • Wicketkeeper Vijay Dahiya’s pivotal half-century in this game remains the solitary fifty in his international career.
  • Sachin Tendulkar was 66 runs short of becoming the first man to cross the milestone of 10,000 ODI runs at the end of this match. He achieved that incredible feat in the 3rd ODI of the series at Indore with a match-winning knock of 139 runs.
  • Tendulkar was two wickets away from 100 ODI wickets when the series started. He crossed the milestone in the final ODI at Goa.
  •  India were 2-1 up in the series after the Indore ODI. Australia bounced back well to win the last two matches and clinched the Pepsi Cup ODI series 3-2.
  • Brief Scores

    India 315 (49.5 overs) (Dravid 80, Sehwag 58, Dahiya 51, Laxman 45, McGrath 2/60) defeated Australia 255 (43.3 overs) (Hayden 99, Bevan 49, Srinath 3/49, Sehwag 3/59)

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