The test series between these two sides ultimately proved to be closer than many expected but India came through and never really looked like losing in the five day format. The teams now prepare for three ODIs, the first of which is played in Dharamsala on Sunday, and there are a number of changes in both camps.
For India, the big news of course is that Virat Kohli is rested for this leg of the Sri Lankan tour but has that had any effect on the markets in the lead up to this game?
India remain favourites as you’d expect and the home side are available for the win at 1.28 with Betfair. SriLanka, meanwhile, can be picked up at 4.00 with Betfair and Betway. Many would argue that although Sri Lanka secured two draws in that test series, India were clearly dominant in both.
Of course, there is the Virat Kohli factor: Two double centuries in two tests showed he was in supreme form so is this a good time to rest him? Sri Lanka may take advantage later in the series but India remain a better all-round squad so, with other key batters in great touch, we’ll stick with the home side for now.
Match Odds Summary: India: 1.28 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick) Sri Lanka: 4.00 (Betway).
Kohli may be absent but India still go into this series with a potent batting line up and it’s one where Rohit Sharma starts as favourite to top score for his side at 3.60 with Betfair. Rohit was given limited opportunities in the tests but still managed a ton and looked in good form so he’s a good option at that price.
Shikhar Dhawan follows at 4.00 while Ajinkya Rahane, who is struggling a little right now, is further back at 4.50 – both with Betfair. Dinesh Karthik interests us at an excellent figure of 9.00 with Betfair while Hardik Pandya returns to the side to offer value at 9.00 with Betfair and don’t forget MS Dhoni at 11.00 with Betfair yet again. Lots of tempting numbers there and we are looking at a small bet on Karthik while Sharma is the sensible option for a bigger stake.
For the Sri Lankans, Angelo Mathews made a welcome return to form and he would be our preference in the visitors’ market at 5.00 with Betfair. Other options for the tourists include Upul Tharanga and Niroshan Dickwella at 4.50 and Kusal Perera at 5.50 – all with Betfair again.
Top Batsman Odds Summary: India: Sharma 3.60 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick), Dhawan 4.00 (Betfair), Rahane 4.50 (Betfair), Karthik 9.00 (Betfair), Pandya 9.00 (Betfair), Dhoni 11.00 (Betfair).
Sri Lanka: Tharanga 4.50 (Betfair), Dickwella 4.50 (Betfair), Mathews 5.00 (Betfair), Perera 5.50 (Betfair).
Other Side Bets
We used to really favour the individual century markets for ODI games and odds used to offer some good value but as the bat continues to dominate the ball, they are a little too short for comfort. For Sunday’s game between these two, you can get odds of 1.60 on anyone scoring a ton with Royal Panda but there’s no great interest in that.
You could extend that price slightly to 2.10 with Betfair for a ton on first innings but, until we’ve watched the first game to see exactly how the series is likely to develop, we’ll aim to be a little safer. India to hit the most sixes is at 1.45 with Royal Panda and offers some better value than the home side’s straight win price.
Most Sixes Odds Summary: India 1.45 (Royal Panda – Editor’s Pick), Sri Lanka 3.42 (Royal Panda), The Tie 8.56 (Royal Panda).
As we saw when the Kiwis came over, an Indian win in the limited overs formats is by no means guaranteed and we think this could be another tight series. India to win is the tip but the odds should possibly be closer as the tour goes on.