After a few poor results, India are back on track thanks to an entertaining, yet brief, eight-overs-per-side sprint in Nagpur on Friday, Check out our India vs Australia betting tips ahead of the decider on Sunday!
The game gets underway from 7 pm IST on Sunday 25th August at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. Ahead of the World Cup, we will honour our commitment to being the best cricket betting site for sports fans by providing you insight and analysis ahead of every major match!
Our oddsmakers have India as the favourites - they have home advantage, a confidence-boosting win under their belts, and we think they could be good value to win the series - back them at 1.55, while Australia are out at 2.46.
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Match Winner: India
Toss Winner: India
Axar Patel top India bowler
Adam Zampa top Australia bowler
Rohit Sharma’s charges have been through a rough patch of late, and while the win won’t offer too many insights into the side’s preparedness heading into the World Cup, it does stop a worrying recent rot.
It had threatened to be a frustrating Friday for fans of the sport looking forward to another classic between two cricketing heavyweights. The rain on Thursday meant there was a wet patch on the outfield, which the umpires had deemed a danger to the players. After a two-and-a-half hour display, a compromise was reached on the challenging conditions, and an eight-over sprint entailed.
Australia would have been happy with their innings - posting 90/5 from their eight overs, with Matthew Wade racing to 43 from 20 balls to post another meaningful score. It is significant one of the Baggy Green’s best-ever short format players is hitting his straps at the right time - will it be a World Cup to remember for the wicket-keeper? Axar Patel was the most successful bowler - taking 2/13 from two overs.
In response, India raced to 39 within the first three overs before losing KL Rahul. It left them needing just 52 from five overs, and marshalled by skipper Sharma (46 from 20 balls), India got home with four balls to spare.
It’s hard to say if India have turned a corner after recent results, but it will undoubtedly give them a filip. We think they’re the team to back in the final game of this three-match series.
For the second game in a row, Axar Patel ended with the most wickets for his side. The spinner is in some serious form. His breadth of control was exemplified when he bowled four dots in a row to big hitter Wade.
He may be in the side due to an injury to Ravindra Jadeja, but he is grabbing his opportunity with both hands at the moment. He has 26 wickets from 28 matches at an average of 24.03 and economy rate of 7.11 in his T20I career so far - solid numbers!
Where he may need to improve to fill the void left by Jadeja is his batting. He can hold a blade, but Jadeja is a brilliant middle order batsman and it’s a tricky task for Patel to provide adequate replacement.
You can back him to finish top bowler for India for a third time in a row at odds of 6.8.
For Australia, we’ll also pick a spinner to do well. Adam Zampa bagged three wickets from his two overs, claiming the scalps of KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, and Suryakumar Yadav. The spinner finished top of the Total Impact rankings to become the game’s most valuable player and has the experience at this level to shine once more. You can bet on him to finish top bowler for Australia at odds of 4.3.
Axar Patel top India bowler - 6.8
Adam Zampa top Australian bowler - 4.3
India stretch their head to head record over Australia to 14-9 after their victory on Friday.
Nine of India’s victories have come when batting second, while the Baggy Greens marginally prefer chasing too, with six of their wins coming when hauling in a run chase.
The Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad is hosting only its third T20I match. The first, back in 2017, was abandoned without a ball being bowled, while more recently in 2019, India comfortably beat the West Indies by six wickets.
More than 400 runs were scored in that game - will we see another runfest?
Rishabh Pant is expected to make way for Bhuvneshwar Kumar, with India likely to go for the extra bowler after the eight over sprint requiring a stronger batting line-up.
Ravi Ashwin may also come into the line-up for the misfiring Yuzvendra Chahal!
There are no new injuries for team management to be concerned, but don’t be surprised to see one of Pat Cummins or Josh Hazlewood to be rested.
India will get the win and the series.