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Can Pakistan break Adelaide jinx after Virat Kohli special?

Written by Chandresh Narayanan | | February 15, 2015 3:06:40 pm

virat kohli, virat kohli score, score virat kohli, virat kohli Adelaide, india cricket team, indian cricket team Adelaide, virat kohli records, india vs pakistan, india pakistan cricket match, cricket news Virat Kohli’s other six hundreds while batting first have led India to a win except the one in 2011 vs England. (Source: Reuters)

Virat Kohli scoring a hundred in India’s chase is always good news, because he almost always leads his side to a win.

But when it comes to setting the tone while batting first, his record is pretty good too.(Full Coverage| Venues | Fixtures)

Before the Adelaide game, Kohli had scored seven hundreds while batting first. In what should be great news for Indian fans, the side has lost just once.

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The only loss when Kohli scored a hundred while batting first came in 2011 when India was on tour in England. Kohli scored 107 at Cardiff in what was also Rahul Dravid’s final ODI match. But in a rain-affected match, England overhauled the reduced target of 241 in 32.2 overs.

But apart from this blip on the radar, Kohli’s other six hundreds while batting first have led India to a win.

Meanwhile, in what should give Indian fans further happiness, Pakistan have lost all the seven previous times they have had to chase at the Adelaide Oval. Incidentally, the last time India and Pakistan played at Adelaide, the Men in Blue led by Sachin Tendulkar led side won by 48 runs.

Here is a compilation of Pakistan’s previous outings at the Adelaide Oval

Result  Margin      Bat        Opposition        Ground      Start Date
lost    38 runs        2nd        v Australia        Adelaide    6 Dec 1981
lost    70 runs        2nd        v Australia        Adelaide    30 Jan 1984
lost    89 runs        2nd        v West Indies   Adelaide    10 Dec 1988
lost    4 runs          2nd        v West Indies   Adelaide    12 Dec 1992
lost    48 runs        2nd        v India               Adelaide    25 Jan 2000
lost    58 runs        2nd        v West Indies   Adelaide    28 Jan 2005
lost    40 runs        2nd        v Australia        Adelaide    26 Jan 2010

The previous stats reinforce what everyone has been maintaining about Pakistan’s recent ability to chase down targets. In fact, overall in Australia, the arch rivals have played each other seven times, with Pakistan winning four times and India thrice. So the Adelaide encounter on Sunday offers India an opportunity to be on level terms with Pakistan in Australia.

Here’s a look at previous India-Pakistan ODI matches in Australia.

Result        Margin               Opponents        Ground           Start Date
Pak lost    6 wickets     Pakistan    v India    Melbourne    20 Feb 1985
Pak lost    8 wickets     Pakistan    v India    Melbourne    10 Mar 1985
Pak lost    43 runs        Pakistan    v India    Sydney            4 Mar 1992
Pak won   2 wickets     Pakistan    v India    Brisbane         10 Jan 2000
Pak won    32 runs       Pakistan    v India    Hobart            21 Jan 2000
Pak lost    48 runs        Pakistan    v India    Adelaide         25 Jan 2000
Pak won    104 runs     Pakistan    v India    Perth               28 Jan 2000
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