India will defeat Australia in the 1st ODI at Sydney to go 1-0 up in the series.BET NOW
With the Border-Gavaskar test series done and dusted, Australia and India now proceed to play the ODI leg of India’s tour down under. The 1st ODI match is scheduled to be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground on the 12th of January 2019. The match will be played as a day-night encounter. Online cricket betting tips from Premium Cricket looks at the players taking part in the series and some past team statistics to help you make a judgment on who will win this match.
The Indians are enjoying one of their best (if not the best) tours down under. The two teams tied the T20I series 1-1 in late November and then defeated the Aussies 2-1 in the test series. The T20 International match played at Sydney resulted in a 6 wicket win for the Indians who chased down a target of 165 runs with 2 deliveries to spare. The 4th and final test match were also played at the same venue in Sydney. India dominated proceedings and it was rain that saved the Aussies from the ignominy of a loss by an innings.
India has met Australia in 128 ODI matches since 1980. India has won 10 matches and has lost on 73 occasions with 10 ending as a ‘no result’. India last toured Australia in 2015/16 where the Aussies won the ODI series 4 games to 1. India’s only win in that series came in the 5th and final ODI match of that series played at the Sydney Cricket Ground. They chased down a mammoth target of 331 runs for the loss of just 4 wickets with Manish Pandey scoring his maiden ODI century. Our online cricket betting tips predict that the Indians will be very confident of starting off well at a venue where they have done well in the past. What is in their favor is the fact that they are playing a team in turmoil and very low in confidence.
Virat Kohli has decided to play the entire series in Australia and will be leading the team. He has played in 216 ODI matches and has scoring 10232 runs at an average of 59.83. He was the fastest to score 10000 ODI runs and has hit 38 ODI centuries out of which 23 have come during run-chases. He is undoubtedly the best batsman in the world and his work ethic has rubbed on the other players who are striving hard to emulate their great leader.
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan return to the top of the batting order for India. They form the most successful opening pair for India. Rohit has hit 7454 ODI runs with the top score of 264 made against Sri Lanka while Shikhar has made 4935 runs at an average of 45.69. With Ambati Rayudu not in the squad, India seems to be giving one more chance to KL Rahul to stake a claim for the number 4 spot. MS Dhoni’s presence will mean that Dinesh Karthik will have to sit out while Kedar Jadhav will occupy the number 6 spot. Hardik Pandya should return to his number 7 position in the batting order and he will be the all-rounder in the side.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah will lead the bowling attack with a tussle between Khaleel Ahmed and Mohammed Shami expected for the 3rd seam bowlers spot. Kumar has captured 99 ODI wickets in 95 matches and will be looking to complete his 100 wickets during the 1st ODI match itself. Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav will be the spin bowlers in the side which will mean that there will be no place for Ravindra Jadeja in the playing 11.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. This seems to be what is happening with Australia. They have recalled Nathan Lyon, Usman Khawaja, and Peter Siddle into the side led by Aaron Finch. It will be interesting to see who will open the batting with Finch as regular openers D’Arcy Short and Chris Lynn have been axed from the side. Usman Khawaja and Alex Carey are the front-runners for that job. Carey is enjoying a good Big Bash League season and will hope to carry that form into the ODI series. Shaun Marsh, Mitch Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Peter Handscomb are the other key batsmen in the Aussie lineup.
Billy Stanlake who is joined by Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff and Peter Siddle will lead the bowling attack. Siddle last played an ODI way back in 2010 while left-arm seam bowler Behrendorff is yet to play in an ODI match. With Andrew Tye axed from the side and with Starc and Hazlewood not even considered for the ODI series the Aussie bowling attack looks bleak on paper. Adam Zampa and Nathan Lyon are the two key spin bowlers in the side and there is a possibility of both of them playing in Sydney.
We predict that the Indians will prove to be too strong for the Aussies in this first ODI match scheduled to be played in slightly spin-friendly conditions at Sydney. India will defeat Australia to go 1-0 up in the 3 match series.