India and Australia have encountered each other 12 times in world cup so far. Australia dominated India by beating them in 8 out of 12 games played. They met last time in ICC World Cup 2019, where India won against Australia by 36 runs. Also India posted the Highest Total in World Cup ever against Australia by scoring 352 runs batting first.
IND vs AUS Head To Head All Time Records
India and Australia rivalry in the World Cup started in the 1983 Cricket World Cup where they played two games against each other. First India vs Australia match was a group stage match in Trent Bridge. Australia posted a huge total of 320 runs on the board after winning the toss. In reply, the whole Indian team was back inside the dressing room for 158 runs. A week later, both the teams met again to play their second league game. This time around India batted first after winning the toss and put a highly competitive total of 247 runs. The Indian bowlers, especially the duo of Roger Binny and Madan Lal bowled extremely well to bowl out Australia for 129 runs and won the match by 118 runs.
The following World Cup, both teams again faced each other twice. The first match in Madras was as close as it can get as the Kangaroos won it by one run. India elected to field first after winning the toss and were able to restrict the Aussies at 270 runs. Indian started the chase well and was looking to easily win the match but then India lost four wickets in a span of 9 runs and an easy looking victory became a bitter loss for the host team. In the second match, the Aussies won the toss and invited India to bat first. With the help of half-centuries from Sunil Gavaskar and Dilip Vengsarkar, India put 289 runs on the board. Australia got a good start while chasing, but after losing their first wicket at the score of 88 runs, they kept losing wickets at the continuous interval and fell 56 runs short of the target.
The next encounter between these two teams in a World Cup was in 1992. Australia won the toss and batted first. A 90 run knock from David Boon powered the Australian scorecard to 237 runs at the end of 50 overs. India had a shaky start to the chase as they lost wickets early. In the 17th over, the play was interrupted due to rain. After the rain stopped, India’s target was revised to 236 runs off 47 overs. After the dismissal of Md. Azharuddin in the 43rd over, the remaining five wickets fell in the span of 40 runs and India had to swallow a hard loss by 1 run. With this win, Australia took a lead in India vs Australia head to head.
Both the teams were in the Group A for the 1996 World Cup. They faced each other on 27 February at the Wankhede stadium. Australia won the toss and elected to bat first. Mark Waugh’s excellent century helped them put 258 runs on the board. While chasing, India had lost two wickets at 7 runs. The pair of Azharuddin and Tendulkar stabilised the innings. After they both got out, Sanjay Manjrekar and Nayan Mongia helped India cross 200. But then, the Indian batting collapsed after these two got out and the Indian side was all out for 242 runs.
In the 1999 edition of the World Cup, both teams faced each other in the Super Six stage. Winning the toss, Indian decided to field first. Solid batting from the Aussies helped them put a tough target of 282 runs for India. The Indian top order collapsed in front of excellent swing bowling by McGrath. An unbeaten hundred from Ajay Jadeja and an inning of 75 runs from Robin Singh helped Indian move a bit closer to the target but all was in vain as eventually the Indian side fell 77 runs short of the target and got knocked out of the tournament.
The 2003 World Cup was a landmark tournament in India and Australia rivalry. Both the teams met twice in the tournament. Till their first meeting, both of them were unbeaten in the tournament. Indian won the toss and elected to bat first. The decision didn’t turn out to be a good one as the Indian batting collapsed like a house of cards in front of Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie. They were bowled out for a meagre 125 runs. The Kangaroos easily chased the target with 9 wickets remaining. Their next meeting was in the World Cup final. India won the toss and elected to field first. Australia had a flying start as their openers put together 105 runs in just 14 overs. After they got out, Ricky Ponting came to the crease and scored an excellent century to reach Australia a mammoth total of 359 runs. India’s run chase had a bad start as they lost Sachin in the first over. A half century from Sehwag helped Indian maintain their run-rate. The game was interrupted by rain after 17 overs. The rain passed by after some time, and the restart went the wrong way for India as they lost Sehwag and Dravid quickly. Following this, the wickets kept falling under the pressure of rising required run rate and they were finally bowled out for 234 runs as Australia won their second consecutive and third overall World Cup.
These two teams next faced each other in the quarter-final of the 2011 World Cup. Australia won the toss and elected to bat first. A century by Ricky Ponting helped the Aussies to reach a total of 260 runs. Yuvraj Singh’s all-round performance and helped India win the match with 5 wickets in hand. India eventually went on to win the World Cup.
In the next edition of the World Cup, India vs Australia fixture was a semi-final, where the hosts Australia had a comprehensive win to set up a trans-Tasmanian final. Winning the toss, they batted first and scored 328 runs, the highest score in a World Cup semi-final. Chasing a place in their second consecutive World Cup final, the Indian batting lacked stability and lost four wickets quickly after a good opening stand.
In the 2019 World Cup, the teams faced each other for the 12th time in the World Cup. Winning the toss, India elected to bat first. Indian batsmen targeted Adam Zampa and Marcus Stoinis and made 113 runs from the 13 overs these two bowled combined. Shikar Dhawan's century helped India reach 352 runs, the highest total ever conceded by Australia in a World Cup match. Australia had a slow start to their chase. Losing three wickets under two overs just before the start of the third power play derailed their chase and they were bowled out for 316.