Indian cricket team clinched a close victory against Australia in the second ODI of the ongoing five-match series. The closely fought contest at VCA Stadium, Nagpur saw the men in blue defending 251 and giving the host a memorable win. India thus registered the 500th win in One Day Internationals and now stand only behind Australia in the list of most victories in the limited format.
India Cricket Team Behind Australia
Australians are currently leading the charts with 558 victories. Indian cricket team played their first ODI in 1974 and till now they have played a total of 963 matches. 500 of these matches were victories, 414 were losses while nine matches were tied. Indians played the most against their Asian neighbors, Sri Lanka. The Indian cricket team has the best winning percentage against Sri Lanka at 61.56 and their winning percentage against Australia is the worst at 38.83 %.
With India at the second spot, Pakistan is standing at the third spot (479). West Indies and Sri Lanka are at fourth and fifth spot respectively with 390 and 379 ODI wins. South Africa (374), England (362) and New Zealand (342) are not far behind as well.
If South Africa can manage to whitewash the Sri Lankans in their ongoing bilateral series, they will be able to decrease the gap. With England considered to be a strong World Cup contender, it seems they will soon come close to the South Africans, especially if the Africans cannot do well against the Lankans.
India's 500th ODI Win
Talking about India’s 500th ODI win, it was a close match against the Australians. Indian cricket team was asked to bat first and they set a competitive target of 250. Initially, India lost Rohit Sharma in the first over and in the process of making a comeback lost Dhawan’s wicket too. Virat Kohli (116) came into rescue and put up a partnership of 81 for the fourth wicket with Vijay Shankar (46). Kohli scored his 65th overall hundred and became the fastest to 9000 runs as captain in international cricket. Chasing 251, Australia kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Except for Marcus Stoinis (52), none of the batters could give a fight and the chase was ended at 242 in 49.3 overs. Indian cricket team with a 2-0 lead in the five-match series currently will like to seal the series win on March 8 in Ranchi.