India and Australia have played each other a total of 142 times in One Day Internationals over the years. Australia has won 80 of those matches, while India has won only 52, with 10 of them being declared as a no result. 53 of those 142 ODI’s were played in Australia, and India could win only 13 of them, while Australia has won 38 of them, 2 being declared as no result.
In the first match of this series, Australia posted a mighty total of 374 while batting first, and in reply India put up a decent fight but could only muster 308, for a comfortable win for the home side. In the second match, the Aussies again posted a huge total of 389, and despite an impressive comeback by India, they still won by 51 runs, as the away side could only score 338.
The hosts have already won this 3-match series as they enjoyed a brilliant first match with a thumping 66 run victory, followed by another impressive 51 run victory in the second match.
Their batsmen are in brilliant form, as both the openers gave them a really solid start in both matches. Warner’s innings was brilliantly paced, and he ended on 83 in the second match, after a 69 in the first.
Similarly Finch followed up on his century in the first match with a well-made 60. Steve Smith in particular displaying an exceptionally attacking style with 105 in just 66 balls, studded with 4 sixes in the first match, and then followed that up with another brilliantly made century, to make it 3 consecutive centuries against India in ODIs. A late Maxwell blizzard (45 from 19 in the first match and 62 from 29 in the second) in both matches helped Australia pile up the runs in the end and post huge totals. Indian pacer Mohd Shami was the only real threat to the Australian top-order, as he picked up 3 wickets in the first match, but even he failed in the second match.
The travelling side, in contrast, had the worst possible start in the first match, with opener Mayank Agarwal dismissed in the 6th over on 22. Shikhar Dhawan was in great touch but none of the other batsmen could ably support him, as Kohli, Rahul and Iyer all fell cheaply.
However, Hardik Pandya turned up and had a brilliant 128 run partnership with Dhawan, who scored 74 off 86. Pandya smashed 4 sixes en route to a 76-ball-90. Despite encouraging knocks from Jadeja and Saini, India fell quite some way short of the target, as the innings ended on 308. Adam Zampa was the most effective Australian bowler, as he picked 4 wickets for 54 runs, while Hazlewood was the most effective seamer, with 3 wickets for 55 runs.
In the second match, the openers managed to give a better start than last time, but both fell soon. Fortunately Virat Kohli stepped up at the right time with a well-paced 89, supported by KL Rahul who hit 76 from 66. Some pinch hitting from Ravindra Jadeja helped India reach 338, an impressive score but still 51 runs short of the target.
Betting Preview, Picks And Prediction
To Win The Match
Australia are the clear favourites to win their second match of this series on home turf with odds of 1.55 as per LeoVegas, which is not surprising at all as they dominated the away side in both the matches of the series so far. They have already won the series, and can easily complete a 3-0 whitewash. India’s bowling has been very poor and it is very unlikely that that will improve immediately. India are placed at 2.35 to win this match.
Top Team Batsman
Virat Kohli is, as usual, the favourite to be India’s top batsman in this match despite a poor score in the first game, as he came back with stunning 89. He has odds of 3.20. front Opener Shikhar Dhawan is the 2nd favourite at 4.25, based on his immense success in the recently concluded IPL, as well as his well-made 74 in the first match. KL Rahul also has odds of 4.25, after his brilliant innings in the second match.
Opener David Warner is the usual favourite from Australia to be the top scorer as he is now back in form, with comfortable half centuries in the both the matches, and has odds of 3.25. Steve Smith is the joint favourite to be the top scorer as he smashed back-to-back centuries in the first two matches of the series. Captain Aaron Finch is 4.00 to finish as the top scorer, after his century in the first match followed up by a half century in the second.
Highest Opening Partnership
Australia are the favourites to have the highest opening partnership in this match at 1.65. Warner and Finch have been opening together for several years now, and know each other’s game inside out and are more likely to win this bet as India do not have a confirmed opening pair as of now. They had a century stand in the both the matches so far, and both seem to be in imperious form. In contrast, Shikhar Dhawan and Mayank Agarwal have barely crossed 100 runs together in 2 innings.
Top Team Bowler
Australian pace duo Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins lead the odds when it comes to being their best bowler. Starc is placed at 4.00 while Cummins is at 4.50. Leg spinner Adam Zampa took 4 wickets in the first match, and is now at 4.25 to repeat that performance to win this bet.
Jasprit Bumrah is unsurprisingly the favourite to be India’s top bowler with his lethal yorkers and ability to take wickets either end of the innings. He is placed at 3.50. He is ably supported by the wristy Yuzu Chahal at 3.50, and the experienced Mohammed Shami at 4.00, who took 3 wickets in the first match.
Total Runs In The Match
Odds of there being more than 620.5 runs in this match are 1.83, as per LeoVegas. This seems highly achievable as both these teams have some brilliant batsmen and are known for posting huge totals. 620.5 effectively means 311 runs per innings, which is very easily gettable for both these teams, as the first match crossed 680 and then in the second match 727 runs.
Individual Player Betting
- KL Rahul to score more than 36.5 runs has odds of 1.83, which is a tempting bet as he would like to continue his current form. Steve Smith to score more than 54.5 runs also has odds of 1.83. This is also a relatively safe bet as he scored brilliant back-to-back centuries in the first two matches.
- Australia to hit the most sixes has odds of 1.85, which is understandable as they have several players who prefer the aerial route more often than not. Players such as Warner, Finch, Smith, Stoinis and Maxwell all are capable of the big hits. India to hit the most sixes has odds of 2.25, which is understandable as they don’t have as many big hitters as the home side, with only Pandya, Dhawan and occasionally Jadeja aiming for the big hits in the first match.
- Bumrah to take 2 or more wickets has odds of 1.80, which is very attractive as he can snap up key wickets in the beginning as well as towards the end of the innings. Starc to take 2 or more wickets also has odds of 1.80, which is attractive as he can also bowl in the powerplay as well as death overs.
Our Top Betting Picks
- Australia to win the match @1.55
- Australia to hit the most sixes @1.85
- Australia to have the Highest Opening Partnership @1.65
- Bumrah to be India’s top bowler @3.25