India vs Australia 2020/21 ODI Series was one of the most anticipated tours in world cricket in a long long time. The Coronavirus pandemic had robbed the cricket world from any international action for several months. The fans of both these nations were licking their lips in anticipation of this series. And boy did it not disappoint.
After 3 ODIs, 3 T20 matches and 4 grueling test matches, Team India finally returned home victorious, in one of the most memorable tours of their entire history.
New heroes were discovered, while some stalwarts upped their already high standards to ensure that the visitors win 2 of the 3 series they played. Let’s take a look at how the 3 ODIs played out, compared to our cricket betting previews.
ODI 1 – India vs Australia 2020/21 at Sydney Cricket Ground
Australia won the toss and elected to bat on a sunny summer day in Sydney, where the first India vs Australia 2020/21 ODI Series match was about to take place. The pitch looked fantastic to bat on and so it proved. David Warner (66) and captain Aaron Finch (114) both gave the home side a flying start with a brilliant opening partnership.
After Warner’s dismissal, in came Steven Smith in a very destructive mood, smacking 105 runs in just 66 balls, studded with 4 sixes and 11 boundaries. A typical late flurry of boundaries from Glenn Maxwell (45 off 19) saw Australia pile on a mammoth total of 374/6 in their 50 overs. Among the Indian bowlers, only Mohammed Shami had a noteworthy outing, picking up 3 wickets for 59.
The Indians started brightly with a flurry of boundaries from opener Mayank Agarwal and the experienced Shikhar Dhawan. However, they then lost quick wickets including the big one of Virat Kohli and found themselves at 4 for 101.
In came Hardik Pandya, who had no plans of giving up without a fight. Together with Dhawan (74), he piled on 128 runs for the 5th wicket, smashing a brilliant 90 off 76 balls, with 4 sixes. Despite valiant efforts from the lower order, India fell short by 66 runs.
Steve Smith was adjudged as the man of the match for his swashbuckling innings.
India vs Australia 2020/21 ODI 1 Betting Review
In our cricket betting tips for the first India vs Australia 2020/21 ODI Series match, we had predicted that Australia will win this match, at odds of 1.61. Australia were heavy favourites. We had also predicted that Australia will hit the most sixes at 1.90 and that they will have the highest opening partnership.
All 3 of our predictions came true, but the last one of Bumrah being India’s leading wicket-taker was inaccurate, as it was Mohammed Shami with 3 wickets. All odds were taken from Leo Vegas India.