India v Sri Lanka: 1st T20I Odds and Betting Preview

These two teams served up an entertaining ODI series and for the neutrals, it was finely balanced at times before India’s dominance came through in the end. The sides are now preparing for three T20is this side of Christmas and the Sri Lankans will be hoping that the shortest form of the game helps to level matters out a little.

Games in this format can still provide some upsets so do the bookies give the Sri Lankans any chance ahead of Wednesday’s first game in Cuttack?

Match Odds

Having won both series so far, India start as favourites again and can be picked up for this game at odds of 1.30 with Betfair. That figure leaves Sri Lanka as an outside punt at a top price of 3.80 with Betfair once again.

We expected India to be the favourites but maybe that price is a little short when you consider that the short format is involved. While the Sri Lankans have been second best for much of this tour, they’ve battled all the way and have taken that one win at the start of the ODI series.

We’re calling a 2-1 series win to India here and are looking for the hosts to open with a victory but were, in all honesty, hoping for slightly better prices.

Match Odds Summary: India: 1.30 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick) Sri Lanka: 3.75 (Betfair)

Top Batsmen

Rohit Sharma continues to lead the side in the absence of Virat Kohli and the skipper starts as favourite to score most runs for his team at 3.00 with Betfair. Once again that’s a little short but with Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan out of the team, we may be struggling to find alternatives.

Shreyas Iyer remains and he is available at 4.50 with Betfair while Dinesh Karthik is dependable and on offer at an excellent 6.00 with Betfair again. Hardik Pandya at 14.00 with Betfair and MS Dhoni at 18.00 with Betfair give us some value further down the order.

For Sri Lanka, a major contribution from Upul Tharanga in the last ODI makes the skipper a clear favourite at 4.00 with Betfair while Angelo Mathews is at 4.50 with Betfair again. Other options for the tourists include Danushka Gunathilaka at 5.00, Sadeera Samarawickrama at 5.50 and Kusal Perera at 6.00. Once again, all of those prices are with Betfair.

With no obvious pick in the Indian team, it’s tempting to offer Mathews as our overall tip but we’ll switch back to the home side and opt for Shreyas Iyer, who has impressed us since being called up to the full national side.

Top Batsman Odds Summary: India: Sharma 3.00 (Betfair), Rahul 4.20 (Betfair), Iyer 4.50 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick), Karthik 6.00 (Betfair), Pandya 14.00 (Betfair), Dhoni 18.00 (Betfair)

Sri Lanka: Tharanga 4.00 (Betfair), Mathews 4.50 (Betfair), Gunathilaka 5.00 (Betfair), Samarawickrama (5.50 (Betfair), Perera 6.00 (Betfair).

Other Side Bets

With Mathews and Tharanga finding form in the ODIs it could be a case of going for India to provide the team of the top batsman and this is available at 2.61 with Royal Panda. However, to finish off our series of tips we’re looking at India’s top bowler betting which has given us some nice profits in recent months.

If you read this column regularly then you’ll know that we like to focus on Bhuvneshwar Kumar but he is absent so there are some tempters. Yuzvendra Chahal at 4.00 and Washington Sundar at 7.00, both with Betfair, are strong options but this format really suits the death bowling of Jasprit Bumrah so we’ll go with the favourite this time at 3.75 with Betfair once again.

India Top Bowler Odds Summary

Bumrah 3.75 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick), Chahal 4.00 (Betfair), Kuldeep Yadav 5.00 (Betfair), Pandya 6.00 (Betfair), Sundar 7.50 (Betfair).

It’s down to the bowlers to keep it tight but India’s batters hold the key again and we expect the home side to keep their winning run going for now.