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 21 wins in 50 tests, with Australia winning 19 tests and the rest 10 being draws.
In the first match of this series, the home side comfortably won by 8 wickets as they were set a meagre target of 91, after India were bundled out for just 36 runs in their second innings, their lowest ever score in test cricket. The Aussie pacers were on fire as Hazelwood and Cummins shared 9 wickets between them for a memorable victory eventually.
In the second match of this series, India bounced back brilliantly under the leadership of their stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane, who struck a brilliant century to ensure India had a commanding first innings lead, before their bowlers rattled the Aussie line-up for a comfortable win in the end.
In the 3rd match of the series, Australia started brillianly, with debutant Pucovski smacking a gritty half-century, before the dynamic duo of Labuschane and Smith took charge and took the home side to a respectable 338. India, in reply, were bundled out for 244, with an inspired performance from Pat Cummins again. Smith and Labuschane were at it again in the 2nd innings, with Australia posting 312 before declaring, setting India a highly improbable target of 406 to win.
In one of the grittiest batting performances by team India in recent times, they posted a respectable score of 334 in their second innings before the match was declared as a draw. The openers started well before a brilliant partnership between Pujara and Pant. The way Rishabh Pant was smacking the famed Aussie pace attack, it seemed like India might even go for a legendary win, instead of a respectable draw. However, 3 quick wickets later it was down to an already injured due of Vihari and Ashwin, who stood firm for almost 300 balls in very tough conditions, to secure a famous draw for India, keeping their hopes alive of retaining the trophy.
Australia have a fully fit squad for this match The batting will again be held together by the brilliant duo of Smith and Labuschane, while Lyon, Starc and Cummins will be the key men again with the pink ball.
So far in this series, only Marnus Labuschane has been able to stand his ground with consistent knocks, while Steve Smith finally got his rhythm back in the previous match. Pucovski would like to build on his impressive debut. Cummins and Hazerlwood have been among the wickets and will hope to continue that.
Ajinkya Rahane led the team brilliantly in the second test as he scored a century to ensure India claims a memorable win. Virat Kohli has gone back to India on compassionate leave while KL Rahul will be a huge miss as he has been ruled out of the series due to a sprained wrist. There are many more injury troubles for team India however, with Ravindra Jadeja, Hanuma Vihari and even Jasprit Bumrah joining the injured list. The squad is really stretched and that could mean a return for Mayank Agarwal and rare chances offered to the likes of Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur with the ball.
Betting Preview, Picks And Prediction
To Win The Match
Australia are heavy favourites to win this match, despite being winless in the previous 2 matches. The odds for them to win this one are 1.44. This is primarily because of India’s depleted squad, with several injuries, none more so than their bowling spearhead Jasprit Bumrah, making it extremely unlikely that they’ll get something out of this game. Odds of India to win this one are 7.00, while odds of a draw are 4.50.
Top Team Batsman In The First Innings
With Kohli missing, the onus to handle the batting order falls on Ajinkya Rahane now, and after his century in the second match, he is 4.00 to be the top Indian batsman in the first innings. Pujara is the new favourite with the bat at 3.33. He is followed by the openers Gill (4.50) and Rohit Sharma (5.00)
Steve Smith is still the obvious favourite to be Australia’s top batsman at 3.25, with a brilliant performance in the previous match. He is followed by the ever consistent Labuschane at 3.75 and the returning David Warner at 4.50.
Highest Opening Partnership In The First Innings
With Indian likely to include Rohit Sharma as an opener, the odds for them having the highest opening partnership are 2.08, considering the good form of his potential partner Shubhman Gill. Australia have a solid opening pair as well, with Pucovski and Warner, and are 1.72 favourites to have the highest opening partnership.
Top Team Bowler
Pat Cummins is again the favourite to be the top bowler at 3.25, with his searing deliveries expected to make Indian batters tremble just like in the 3 tests. Josh Hazelwood really troubled the Indian batsmen in the previous series and took 5 wickets in the second innings of the first match, and he is at 3.50 to be the top bowler, as is Mitchell Starc. Lyon is 4.50 to be the top bowler.
India’s bowling attack is considerably weak on paper due to injuries, and now with Bumrah gone, the favourite to be the top bowler is now Ravi Ashwin at 3.50, followed by young pacers Saini and Siraj at 4.50 each.
Individual Player Betting
- Rahane to score more than 70.5 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 century in the second match highlighting his consistency. David Warner to score more than 38.5 runs in the first innings has odds of 1.83, which is again a very tempting bet as he would love to come back with a bang.
- Pat Cummins to take 5 or more wickets has odds of 2.25, which is very attractive as he averages more than that in Test cricket and is Australia’s top wicket taker in this series so far. Ashwin to take 5 or more wickets has odds of 1.93, which is attractive as well as he is the most senior bowler in the team now.
Our Top Betting Picks
- The match to end in a draw @4.50
- India to have the Highest Opening Partnership @2.08
- Cummins to be Australia’s top bowler in the first innings @3.25