Australia v India 2nd ODI Predictions & Tips

Dave Kuzio:
Josh Hazlewood - Australia v India ODI Cricket

Australia are already 1-0 up in their three-match ODI series after a 66-run success in Sydney, can the Aussies seal a series win or will India level it up on Sunday?

READ MORE: Get odds of 5/1 that Australia beat India 3-0 in the ODI Series

Australia v India 2nd ODI Predictions & Tips: Australia Top Runs Scorer

There are fewer better sights in international than seeing Steve Smith in full flight with bat in hand. The former Australia skipper was in fine form during their 1st ODI win over India as he hit a 62-ball century to help the hosts post 374-6 from their 50 overs. Despite being a joy to watch, Smith did not top score as that honour went to skipper Aaron Finch who also scored a century, but his was more structured as he made 114 from 124 balls. David Warner also contributed with 69, and if their top order continues to perform like this then it will be a long tour for India. Warner is very competitive – even with his team-mates – so I am backing him to respond with the most runs for Australia in Game 2.

Australia v India 1st ODI Predictions & Tips: India Top Runs Scorer

India were off the pace with bat and ball during their 66-run defeat at the hands of Australia on Friday. They were always behind the eight ball when it came to their chase as they attempted to chase down the third highest ever total, they had conceded in an ODI game. They did manage to pass 300, but it was never going to be enough as they lost eight wickets in their 50 overs. Opener Shikhar Dhawan unsurprisingly led from the front and he was the only one making inroads as he posted 74 from 86 deliveries. India slumped to 101-4 at one stage, but Dhawan finally got some support as Hardik Pandya smashed four maximums as he made 90 from 76 balls. India will be hoping they don’t have to rely on Pandya to score the most rounds in Game 2, so I am backing Dhawan to once again show his class and come out as India’s top scorer.

Australia v India 1st ODI Predictions & Tips: Australia Top Wicket Taker

With 682 runs scored in 100 overs, it is quite difficult to suggest that any bowler came out on top really. India took six wickets while Australia was batting with Mohammed Shami picking up figures of 3-59 off 10 overs, while spinner Adam Zampa came out with the most credibility with four wickets out of Australia’s scalp of eight. Pace bowler Josh Hazlewood came away with three wickets from his 10 overs, and I am backing him to continue causing problems for India and I expect him to take the most wickets in Game 2.