India suffered a humiliating defeat in the 3 match ODI series in Australia back in November. Steve Smith scored stunning back to back centuries as he took the Indian bowlers to the cleaners, with Australia scoring more than 750 runs in the first 2 innings, to record consecutive impressive wins and also wrap up the series.
While India did win the 3rd ODI, it was merely a consolation and they were expected to lose the T20 series as well. However, the visitors sprang a surprise and stunned the hosts with a very impressive series win in the 3 match T20 series. Let’s take a look at how the 3 T20s played out, compared to our betting previews with odds from LeoVegas India.
1st T20 – 4th December 2020 at Manuka Oval, Canberra
Australia won the toss and elected to field on a summer day in the Capital. The Indians, with a lot to prove, started poorly with Shikhar Dhawan being dismissed for 1, with the score at 12 after 2.5 overs. It became worse after captain Kohli also departed cheaply.
KL Rahul (51) and Sanju Samson (23) stabilized the innings a little bit, before a late blast by Ravindra Jadeja (44* off 23) took India to a respectable score of 161/7 in their 20 overs. Among the Australian bowlers, only Moises Henriques had a noteworthy outing, picking up 3 wickets for just 22 in his 4 overs.
The Australians started brightly with a flurry of boundaries from D’arcy Short and Aaron Finch, who put up 56 for the first wicket. However, they then lost quick wickets including the big ones of Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell cheapy.
Moises Henriques tried to put up a fight with a valiant 30, but eventually Australia could only muster 150 in their 20 overs, as they fell short by 11 runs. Yuzvendra Chahal was adjudged as the man of the match after a spirited display with the ball, as he picked up 3 for 25, while Natarajan also picked up 3 for 30.
1st T20 Betting Review
In our betting preview for this match, we had predicted that:
- India will win the match @1.89
- Australia will hit the most sixes @2.05
- Australia will have the Highest Opening Partnership @1.86
- Chahal will be India’s top bowler @3.75
Remarkably, all 4 of our pre-match predictions came true, as India won the match by 11 runs, Australia hit 5 sixes while India could only hit 4. Australia had the highest opening partnership in the match and Chahal was India’s top bowler, and also adjudged as the Man Of The Match. All odds were taken from LeoVegas.