Australia v India 1st ODI – Betting Tips and Predictions
This is an intriguing clash to start this ODI series and it’s understandable to see why Australia are favourites after winning five of their last seven ODIs held at this ground.
However, one of those defeats did come against India back in 2016 and it will certainly offer plenty for the visitors as well.
For that reason, it is India that make the most appeal at a price of 2.1 with bet365.
There are plenty of other markets to look at when trying to seek out the best bets for this fixture.
Back Against Captain Kohli
If Virat Kohli’s inconsistent form in the IPL wasn’t enough to put you off backing him in this, then his one-day record at the SCG should.
His last three ODIs at this ground have seen him get just 12 runs in three innings. That was one run in 2015, eight in 2016 and just three in 2019.
He fared better in the last T20I in Sydney with an unbeaten 61, but it is his record in the 50-over format that means taking him on could be a good bet.
Kohli is priced at 1.83 with 1xBet to get under 38.5 runs.
KL Rahul is Far Too Big in Top Batsman Market
Given Kolhi’s inconsistency here and the absence of Rohit Sharma, it means there is also value to be had in the India top batsman market.
Sharma’s record in Sydney is very good but he is being nursed back from injury with the Test series in mind.
It all means that Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul could all feature.
With Kohli heading the prices at 3.1, picking one of these three looks a good way to find value.
Agarwal hit 77 in a Test match here in January 2019 and has enjoyed an impressive IPL with KXIP. His price of 4.32 is tempting, as is Dhawan’s at 4.5.
That said, despite him batting lower down the order than those two, preference goes to KL Rahul.
Should India lose early wickets then he’ll be poised to get more runs. He could yet be pushed a little higher depending on other selection calls.
He is priced at 7.0 with 1xBet, which looks far too big for the man that landed the Indian Premier League’s top run-scorer Orange Cap just a few weeks ago.
Look to Labuschagne for the Aussies
Marnus Labuschagne was in fine form for Australia when they met England in an ODI series back in September.
While David Warner showed his ability in the IPL, the same can’t be said of fellow opener Aaron Finch. He struggled at RCB and lost his place to countryman Josh Philippe heading into the playoffs.
Marcus Stoinis is capable of doing damage if he remains higher up the order, but preference goes to Labuschagne.
He hit a half-century in his last ODI match at the SCG against New Zealand. That was followed by some good starts against England when he didn’t quite kick on – most notably his 48 in the second encounter.
He is priced at 5.5 with 1xBet to be Australia’s top batsman in this one.
Make sure you check out our round-up of the best bets for this fixture.