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Can the Aussies stop Kohli and co? Get betting tips and predictions for the 1st ODI between Australia and India

Ben Darvill 10 Jan 2019
  • The 1st ODI between Australia and India starts at 02:20 GMT on Saturday, January 12 at the SCG
The Indian team celebrate their Test series victory in Australia. (Photo by DAVID GRAY/AFP/Getty Images)

Australia are looking to bounce back from their Test series loss to India by winning the firs ODI at the SCG on Saturday, although India will be full of confidence going into this series.  


Australia vs India Predictions


Australia vs India Betting Tips


India continue their tour of Australia as they look to secure yet another series win over their opponents following a very encouraging tour so far. The three match T20 series between the two saw the spoils shared as a no result was sandwiched by an Australian and Indian win. The Test series was one in which the away team clinched victory, with Virat Kohli’s men secured a 2-1 win, which was an historic one as it constituted their first series win in Australia in Tests. 

While the touring side come into the ODI’s elated, the Aussies are in dire need of a series win. Australia have not won a series in any format of the game between just two sides since they beat England 4-0 in the Test series which ended on January 7th 2018. Clearly, the home team need a positive series performance that results in a win, especially with the World Cup on the horizon. 

The recent form of the two has clearly had a large bearing on the odds for the first ODI, with India the big favourites at 8/13 with Ladbrokes, while Australia are 5/4 for victory. Australia’s last ODI series saw the side fall to a 2-1 series defeat at the hands of South Africa, while they also lost to England (5-0 and 4-1) and India (4-1) in the last year and a half. India meanwhile have remained competitive right across the year, with their last ODI series seeing the side win 3-1 on their tour of the West Indies. 

With the recent form of the pair in mind, we cannot look to back against India. The touring party look phenomenally good once again, and they are unlikely to field a weaker side for this series as they will want to fine-tune their World Cup squad for the summer, with lifting the trophy very much within their reach.

When looking for a bet that provides some good value, we recommend utilising the top Indian batsman market. Rohit Sharma, who notched 1030 runs in 19 innings in 2018, provides very good value at 11/4, but we cannot look to back against Virat Kohli, with the captain incredibly good in all forms of the game, and he is available at 2/1, and he is our recommendation to top score in the match. Statistically, Kohli was by far and away the best batsman in 2018 in ODI’s, top scoring with 1202 runs in 14 innings at an average of 133.55 with six centuries and three 50’s along the way. While Australia are clearly still missing the batting power of the banned Steve Smith and David Warner, India have their best player in supreme form, and Kohli will want to be the one leading his side in the outfield and with the bat. 


Australia vs India Betting Odds 


Australia to win: 5/4 @ Ladbrokes 

India to win: 8/13 @ Ladbrokes


Australia vs India Last 5 ODI's


Australia:

L - South Africa (320/5) beat Australia (280/9) by 40 runs.

W - Australia (231) beat South Africa (224/9) by 7 runs.

L - South Africa (153/4) beat Australia (152) by 6 wickets. 

L - England (208/9) beat Australia (205) by 1 wicket.

L - England (314/4 beat Australia (310/8) by 6 wickets. 


India: 

W - India (105/1) beat West Indies (104) by 9 wickets.

W - India (377/5) beat West Indies (153) by 224 runs.

L - West Indies (283/9) beat West Indies (240) by 43 runs.

D - India (321/6) drew with the West Indies (321/7). 

W - India (326/2) beat West Indies (322/8) by 8 wickets. 


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