Published: 17.01.2017

Australia v India 2nd ODI Betting Preview and Bet Tips

Those in the game may tell everyone that test cricket is the purest form of the game and where all the players want to play at an international level but for Australian fans the recent test series against the West Indies was a mere footnote compared to the one day series against India.

The series got off to a great start for Steven Smith’s boys in an entertaining first match. Bat dominated ball at the WACA with a Rohit Sharma inspired India posting a total of 309 runs for the loss of just three wickets. Sharma’s unbeaten 171 was the highest ever score by a visiting batsmen against Australia in the 50 over format of the game but the brilliant batsman was let down by a lack of aggression from the Indian bowlers who allowed Australia to get away with losing two early wickets to chase down the total with relative ease.

Smith, who put on a huge 149 runs, spent the majority of the Australian innings with George Bailey who himself made 112 runs before falling in the 42nd over. An honourable mention should go to Virat Kohli too who fell just short of his century but both he and Sharma will have to play much better in Brisbane than the last time they played Australia the Gabba.

Back in 2012 Kohli made 12 and Sharma went for a duck as the hosts won by 110 runs. We’re unlikely to see anything quite so one sided this time around as India are an improved side while the Australian bowling attack is still a work in process. That being said the bookies seem to have it right in making Australia the odds on favourites for the match. At the WACA the Baggy Greens used their knowledge of the pitch to good effect and they can do the same in the second ODI to make good on a bet on the hosts at 1.4 with Ladbrokes.

When Australia lost Aaron Finch and David Warner before the fifth over of their reply in the first ODI the Indians had their tails up. However, Smith and Bailey were on hand to stabilise the ship. While the Indian bowlers will not be happy with much of their performance they’ll feel that they’ve got the beating of the two Australian openers even with Usman Khawaja replacing Warner. On the flip side, no bowler in the world feels confident about facing Sharma. Australia are the favourites to have the highest 15 over total but the way we see it, India have the more aggressive batsmen at the top of their batting order and so they should be the favourites, not the 2.38 outsiders with Bookmaker. It’s certainly a price not to be ignored.

As both teams look to have better options with the bat than the ball we could be in line for another match with plenty of runs. The pitch at the Gabba doesn’t always lend itself to an attacking display of batting but we’re going to side with the form of the batsmen and recommend a final bet on any player scoring a century at odds of 1.67 with BetVictor.


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