Despite being the number one team in One Day Internationals, Australia have an unwanted record against them. They have been at the receiving end of 4 out of the 5 highest run-chases in ODIs. Out of these 4, two came against South Africa and two against India.
This is a record Australia’s bowlers would not be proud of. Despite having one of the most fearsome bowling line-ups in the world which have featured the likes of Brett Lee, Glen Mcgrath, Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc, there have been instances where these bowlers have not been spared.
It might be pressure or it might be the pitch, but these 4 instances are something which the Australian bowlers would soon like to forget.
Here are the bowling figures of the Australian bowlers in the four highest ODI run chases.
#4 India vs Australia at Nagpur, 2013
After chasing down 359 in the 2nd ODI of the 7 match series, India managed to repeat a similar feat in the penultimate ODI as well.
Australia won the toss and opted to bat first. Led by two magnificent centuries by Shane Watson and captain George Bailey, they managed a mighty total of 351 in their allotted overs.
Australia were confident that India would not manage to chase down another 350 plus score, but lighting struck twice. India – led by the heroics of Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli gunned down their second 350 plus target within a week.
Australia’s bowlers were hammered all around the park. Surprisingly, Glen Maxwell and Aaron Finch turned out to be the least expensive bowlers for Australia on that day. Shane Watson who shone with the bat proved to be the most expensive bowler. Mitchell Johson was not spared as he conceded 72 runs, despite picking up a couple of wickets.