First ODI - India vs. Australia
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First ODI - India vs. Australia
Man of the matchIndia: Virat Kohli - $7 at LadbrokesAustralia: Steve Smith - $10 at William Hill
PUNTERS are backing India to win their upcoming One Day International series with Australia, kicking off this Sunday in Chepauk.
The hosts are paying a mere $1.45 at Sportsbet.com.au to take out the five-game contest, with a 3-2 result at $2.70 the popular pick in the correct score market.
Superstar skipper Virat Kohli ($2.50) and vice-captain Rohit Sharma ($3.75) lead India’s top series runscorer options.
Rohit, only recently back from injury, is one of several players expected to go in and out of the side as part of the team’s much-discussed rotation policy.
While conceding that the nature modern cricket has made such an approach necessary, the 30-year-old slogger from Nagpur is determined not to miss any opportunities over the coming weeks and months.
“I am coming from an injury layoff so I don’t see myself doing that [resting],” Rohit told reporters this week.
“I want to play as many games as possible. Whenever there is an opportunity I want to be on the field.”
Perhaps Australia’s iffy efforts on the recent Test tour of Bangladesh are the reason for their $2.70 outsider price in the series betting.
That series ended all square after Nathan Lyon bowled the visitors to victory with 13 wickets in Chittagong.
Despite finishing with 22 victims in two Test matches, the ‘GOAT’ was not included for the limited-overs leg in India.
That opens the door for left-arm tweaker Ashton Agar, who grabbed four wickets in the Aussies’ warm-up win over the Indian Board President’s XI earlier this week.
With Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc at home recovering from injury, Pat Cummins will lead the pace attack with support from the likes of Nathan Coulter-Nile and Kane Richardson.
Australia’s assistant coach, David Saker, told reporters this week that although the New South Wales quick was on track to play the whole tour, he could be rested at some stage with the upcoming Ashes series in mind.
“We’ll look at it, it’s obviously been brought up between all of us,” said Saker, who is deputising for head coach Darren Lehmann.
“We know that his workloads are up there, but we know it’s an important series. It’s Australia v India, you don’t get any bigger than that.
“He’s really determined to play well over here. It’ll be game-by-game basis, we’ll play it by ear.”
Cummins is rated a $4.50 chance to finish the series as Australia’s top wicket-taker, just behind leg-spinner Adam Zampa ($4.33).
First ODI player specials
- Over 38.5 total runs – $1.83 at Ladbrokes
- Top India batsman – $3.50 at CrownBet
- Top match batsman – $5.50 at Sportsbet
It is almost impossible to look past the man they call ‘King Kohli’.
After back-to-back centuries to close India’s recent series in Sri Lanka, the skipper now has 30 tonnes and 8587 runs at an average of 55.75 in ODI cricket.
Love him or hate him, those numbers are unmatched in the white-ball game.
If you find any hint of value for Kohli in the batting markets, take it.
- To score 50 – $2.65 at Sportsbet
- Top Australia batsman – $3.75 at CrownBet
- Man of the match – $10 at William Hill
Australia’s batsmen had a field day against the Indian XI on Tuesday.
Four of the top six notched half-centuries, while number seven Matthew Wade rattled off 45 from only 24 balls faced.
As is so often the case, however, it was David Warner who set the tone with a blazing 63 at a 133.33 strike rate.
The Aussie 2IC comes into the series off two Test tonnes in trying conditions over in Bangladesh, so it is safe to say he has his eye in.
India vs. Australia match tip
This match, and much of the series to follow, will be as much about who isn’t there as about who is.
The Aussies are missing their frontline quicks and their best spinner, while India’s twin threats of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are unavailable for the first few games.
There is still plenty of star power on both sides, so it comes down to which set of second-stringers will stand up.
It is always tricky to judge first up, but the hosts should have the advantage coming fresh off a five-match ODI series in Sri Lanka.