For the second ODI against Australia, India return to a venue that saw them begin their quest for a Test series win Down Under. Adelaide - a venue where India won the first Test and eventually recorded their first-ever series win Down Under.
Fast forward to the ODI series and Adelaide is now a venue where the Virat Kohli-led side travels with a must-win contest in front of it. A loss in the first ODI at the SCG means the visitors are 0-1 down in the three-match series.
Adelaide is also a venue where the Indians have quite a poor record against Australia in ODIs. The two nations have played here five time and the hosts have won on four occasions as the below pointers suggest.
INDIA VS AUSTRALIA IN ADELAIDE ODIs
1. Australia beat India by 36 runs on Jan 26, 1986.
2. Australia beat India by 6 wickets on Dec 15, 1991
3. Australia beat India by 152 runs on Jan 26, 2000
4. Australia beat India by 50 runs on Feb 17, 2008
5. India beat Australia by 4 wickets on Feb 12, 2012
For an Indian fan, the last match on the above list should be a confidence booster. During the tri-series in 2012, the Indian team was one where Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag were still the openers, Virat Kohli was not a run-machine that he is now and MS Dhoni was the Indian captain. On that day, it was a MS Dhoni special of an unbeaten 44 while chasing that helped India chase a 270-run target with two balls remaining.
Fast forward to 2019 and it remains to be seen if India can continue their winning spree in Adelaide and level the ongoing ODI series at one-apiece? Also, after receiving a lot of flak for his slow approach during his fifty-run knock in the first ODI, can MS Dhoni return to form at a venue which witnessed one of his numerous match-winning knocks almost seven years back?