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Australia Vs India 1st Test Match Betting Preview

Border-Gavaskar Trophy betting tips

The time is finally here for the start of the highly anticipated Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020/21, the bi-annual Test series between hosts Australia and India which never fails to thrill the spectators. Australia are the top ranked nation in the test rankings, while India are currently 3rd but a series win Down Under can take them to the top spot.

It’s the clash of the titans, as Virat Kohli will take on Steven Smith, the 2 best batsmen in Test cricket currently. Let’s take a look at this test matcfh from a betting perspective, with odds exclusively provided by LeoVegas India

Our Top Betting Picks

  • India to win the match @3.00
  • India to have the Highest Opening Partnership @1.79
  • Lyon to be Australia’s top bowler in the first innings @5.50
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Why should I bet on India to win this match @3.00?

Australia are the clear favourites to win this match. However, India would be more determined to win this match considering Virat Kohli would be leaving the tour after this match as his wife is expecting a baby. He would be looking to set the tone for the rest of the series, and Australia are missing David Warner for this match, which could turn things in India’s favour. We expect India to pull off a crucial victory in this test.

Why should I bet on Lyon to be Australia’s top bowler in the first innings @5.50?

Nathan Lyon is Australia’s highest wicket taker in Tests currently. He is also their all-time highest taker against India, and was the top wicket-taker in their previous series against India as well, with 21 wickets. We expect him to conjure up some magic again and be Australia’s top bowler.


Before the trophy was renamed, India and Australia had faced each other in 50 test matches, with Australia winning 24 of those matches and India winning only 8, with 18 matches being drawn. The series was then renamed and the first Border-Gavaskar trophy was played in October 1996, with India winning the sole test match. India went on to have a better head-to-head record once the trophy was renamed, with 20 wins in 48 tests, with Australia winning 18 tests and the rest 10 being draws. 

In the most recent series in 2018/19, India recorded their first ever series win Down Under, with a historic 2-1 win to take the trophy home. 

Team News

The Australians have picked a formidable squad for this test series: 

Tim Paine (c), Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Will Pucovski, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Sean Abbott, Moises Henriques, Marcus Harris. 

David Warner is still nursing a groin injury that kept him out of the T20 series, and will miss this match. He is expected to return for the next match. Moises Henriques has been added to the squad as cover for Cameron Green, who has a few niggles. The batting will be held together by the brilliant duo of Smith and Labuschane, while Lyon, Starc and Cummins will be the key men with the pink ball. 

The Indians have selected an interesting bunch of players, mostly from the IPL, for this series:

Virat Kohli (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Mohd. Siraj.

Virat Kohli will be leaving the tour after the first test due to a compassionate leave, and will be looking to set the tone before leaving. Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw are the designated openers as Rohit Sharma will miss this series due to a lack of fitness. Pujara, Rahane and Vihari are in charge of the middle order. Bumrah, Ashwin and Shami are the main bowlers. 

Betting Preview, Picks And Predictions 

To Win The Match 

Australia are the favourites to win this match at 1.66. They have a solid squad and even without David Warner are expected to pile on a huge amount of runs, while their bowling attack is as lethal as it gets. India to win has odds of 3.00, and if Virat Kohli has his way before leaving, that could be possible. The match to end in a draw has odds of 7.50

Top Team Batsman In The First Innings

The Royal Challengers Bangalore star Virat Kohli is the favourite from India to be their top batsman in the first innings at 3.30. He is followed by last series’ top scorer Pujara at 4.33 and opener Mayank Agarwal at 5.50. 

In Warner’s absence, a flurry of top order batsmen have the following odds : Steve Smith is the obvious favourite to be Australia’s top batsman at 3.10. He is followed by the ever consistent Labuschane at 4.33. 

Highest Opening Partnership In The First Innings

Both these teams are equally poised at 1.90 to have the highest opening partnership in the first innings. This is because neither of them have their permanent openers available for this match. Mayank and Shaw are a new pairing, while the poor form of Joe Burns means Australia aren’t very confident of a solid opening pair either. 

Top Team Bowler 

Pat Cummins is the favourite to be the top bowler at 3.40, with his searing deliveries expected to make Indian batters tremble. Josh Hazelwood really troubled the Indian batsmen in the previous series, specially Kohli, and he is at 3.60 to be the top bowler. Lyon is 5.50 to be the top bowler. 

Jasprit Bumrah leads India’s bowling contingent at 3.00, followed by Shami at 3.25 and veteran spinner Ashwin at 5.00. 

Individual Player Betting

  • Virat Kohli to score more than 90.5 runs over both innings has odds of 1.83, which is a tempting bet as he would like to continue his current form and build on his impressive test record before leaving. Steve Smith to score more than 93.5 runs has odds of 1.72. He is the best test batsman in the world and would be looking to maintain that reputation.   
  • Mitchell Starc to take 6 or more wickets has odds of 1.83, which is very attractive as he averages more than that in Test cricket. Bumrah to take 6 or more wickets has odds of 2.10, which is attractive as he was the leading wicket taker in the previous series between these two. 

Our Top Betting Picks

  • India to win the match @3.00
  • India to have the Highest Opening Partnership @1.79
  • Lyon to be Australia’s top bowler in the first innings @5.50
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Dream 11 Preview 

Our Dream XI team for this match is fairly top heavy, with 1 wicket-keeper, 5 batsmen, 2 all-rounders and 3 bowlers. 

Wicket Keeper – Tim Paine 

The Australian captain had a good series against India last time around, and we believe he will be a better option than his Indian counterpart Saha for this match. 


From Australia, we have picked both Smith (VC) and Labuschane, their two highest scorers in test cricket over the last 2 seasons. From India we have chosen Kohli, Pujara and Mayank Agarwal, all 3 very solid batsmen in this format. 


Spinners Cameron Green and Ravi Ashwin both are included, as they can be very handy with the bat lower down the order as well. 

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