Australia and India have consistently been among the most successful teams in the history of One Day International (ODI) cricket. Both the teams have made it great on the international stage and over the years there have been some brilliant bowling figures which have made the battles even more glorified.
When it comes to bowling also, there have been the majority of instances where both the team’s bowlers have certainly put on a show which has entertained fans as well as wrecked the opposition’s batting lineup. Let us now look at the top three bowling figures in ODIs;
1. 6/27 -Murali Karthik in Wankhede in 2007
Indian left-arm spinner Murali Kartik delivered a historic bowling performance, achieving a career-best 6-wicket haul for 27 runs against Australia during the seventh One-day international. In doing so, he eclipsed the previous record of 6 for 29, held by Sanath Jayasuriya against England in Moratuwa in 1993.
Not only with the ball in this match, Karthik even contributed with 21 runs off 34 balls and ensured that the Indian team crossed the line against the Australian team.
2. 6/39 -Ken Macleay in Nottingham in 1983
Ken Macleay wreaked havoc against India in the 1983 edition of the World Cup. Defending a mammoth total of 321 runs to win. The Indian team made an iffy start but Kapil Dev and Co were looking to steady the ship but then Macleay wreaked through the Indian batting lineup with an astonishing bowling figure of 6/39.
The medium pacer got the wickets of the entire middle order as well as the lower order which ensured that Kapil Dev never had any partnership with any of the lower order batters.
3. 6/42 -Yuzvendra Chahal in Melbourne in 2019
The India wrist-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal made history by taking six wickets in the third and final ODI against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Stadium (MCG). The prominent Indian leg-spinner played a crucial role in limiting the Australian team to a below-par total of 230. Chahal concluded his spell with exceptional figures of 6/42, setting a new record for the best bowling performance by a spinner in Australia.