It really has been a hectic few months for India’s international cricketers and there’s no end in sight just yet. On Sunday, Virat Kohli’s men are in Chennai for the first of five ODIs against the touring Australians who start a punishing schedule of their own with this series.
The make up of the two squads suggest that things could be close, but the bookmakers are heavily behind the home side in the lead up to the first game.
India lead the way in this result market and can be backed at a top industry price of 1.67 with Betfair. Home advantage and the momentum gained from that hammering of Sri Lanka will have helped to reduce that figure but do the Aussies carry any value at odds of 2.30 with Betway?
Clearly this should be more of a test for the hosts and we expect Australia to be far more competitive and to win at least one game of the five. A correct series score of 3-2 in favour of India looks good at best odds of 3.00 with Bet365 but for Sunday’s game, we expect India to carry their top form over and take an early lead.
Match Odds Summary: India: 1.67 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick) Australia: 2.30 (Betway)
India will have to play the first three games of this series without Shikhar Dhawan who is away for personal reasons. The left hander was in prolific form in the one day games with Sri Lanka but on occasions there are things that are more important than cricket and we wish him well.
In Dhawan’s absence, Virat Kohli will seem an even more likely option to score most runs for the home side and the skipper is favourite at a top price of 3.75 with Bet365 to do just that. Who will come in for Dhawan? KL Rahul is on offer at 6.50 with Bet365 and Betfair while Ajinkya Rahane is shorter at 6.00 with Bet365 and may get the nod.
Hardik Pandya will interest some at excellent best odds of 19.00 with Betfair but while Kohli is the man in top form, we’re backing Rohit Sharma at 4.00 with Bet365.
For Australia, some bookies have joint favourites with David Warner and Steve Smith locked on the same price while Bet365 have the left handed Warner slightly ahead at 3.75 with Bet365. Smith follows at 4.00 with Bet365 while Travis Head at 6.50 and Glenn Maxwell at 7.00 provide the value down the order. Once again, those prices are with Bet365.
Warner would be our preferred option after a good series in Bangladesh but Rohit Sharma is our overall pick from these markets.
Top Batsmen Odds Summary: India: Kolhi 3.75 (Bet365), Sharma 4.00 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Rahane 6.00 (Bet365), Rahul 6.50 (Bet365), Pandya 19.00 (Betfair)
Australia: Warner 3.75 (Bet365), Smith 4.00 (Bet365), Head 6.50 (Bet365), Maxwell 7.00 (Bet365).
Other Side Bets
Often we will switch to India’s top bowler for our third tip and the market is available again with Jasprit Bumrah the favourite at best odds of 4.00 with Betfair. Yuzvendra Chahal is next at 4.50 with Bet365 while Axar Patel is further back at 5.00 with Betfair.
Our usual favourite for this bet is Bhuvneshwar Kumar who looks seriously good at excellent best odds of 6.00 with Betfair again. It’s tempting to commit to that but our first reaction to this game was to play safer and take the individual century bet at a top price of 1.66 with Bet365. It’s not a brilliant price but this should be a high scoring series and hopefully it will be a safe one.
Will a player score a 100: Odds Summary:
Yes 1.66 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), No 2.10 (Bet365).
We aren’t quite as confident in backing India for this game and the loss of Dhawan could be a problem but Rahane may cover and has been in better form since a disappointing IPL. Australia are a threat but for now, India should carry across their winning ways from the Sri Lankan series.