Let’s look at the Australia v India 3rd ODI betting tips and predictions. Australia hosts India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in what will be the third and final match of an enthralling One Day International Series. This tie will also bring the curtain down on a successful tour of the nation for India with their Test Series win achieved during the festive period being their first on Australian turf.
The tourists have a big year ahead. Meanwhile, regardless of the result of this match, Australia will be forced back to the drawing board where organisers, coaching staff and players must face some harsh questions. A difficult few months lie ahead, and they do appear to be finally moving in the right direction; however, the organisation as a whole is nowhere near where they need to be if they are to again be taken seriously amongst the world’s elite.
Play in the 3rd One Day International gets started at 2.20am GMT. However, it’s a match worth staying up for if you’re a cricket lover or punter on the lookout for value. Bookmakers give us more reason to set the alarm clock for a bout of late-night viewing and betting. They offer a host of interesting markets carrying competitive prices.
Our team of cricket experts have kept you on the right path during this tour and go in with a profit behind us following a couple of successful bets in the two previous One Day International matches that have gone before this. We’re delighted to see another nice price leap off the page at us; as always, we are more than happy to share with our loyal band of followers. Let’s sign-off with a win.
Australia Get Off to a Winning Start
Australia found their backs to the wall following a humiliating Test series defeat at the hands of India in front of their own fans. Team morale looked to be at an all-time low and the final score could’ve been worse than it was; the hosts were saved from another defeat by rain in the last outing. The Test resulted as a draw when it became obvious no further play would take place.
They needed to dust themselves down and respond with a win in the 1st One Day International and that’s exactly what they did. They showed real character to smash their way to a 34-run victory. It was little more than a bandage on the gaping wound that is Australian cricket at the minute; however, it was a result they needed and one many saw coming; this includes our band of tipsters who advised readers to have their money on.
All the talk from the Team India camp following that historic Test series win was about how well they’ve done. They’ve finally grabbed victory in this part of the world and we were certain the celebrations that surely followed would’ve helped blunt their ambition for an ODI match. That proved to be the case and Oz were victors, inspired by half-centuries by Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh. The final scores read Australia 288-5 against the 259-9 of their opponents. A thrilling encounter, India performed better than expected; however, the right team won on the day.
Tourists Fight Back to Level
India seem determined to give their hosts an uncomfortable ride at every junction of this series; they did so again when battling back to win the 2nd ODI, tying the One Day International series at 1-1 in the process. The tourists, not to be disheartened by defeat in their previous outing, answered the call when running out victors by a narrow six wickets. The scores were settled at India 299-4 against the 298-9 of Australia.
In what was another nip-and-tuck affair it was a familiar tale of woe for Australia. They only had themselves to blame for the loss, having passed up a number of chances to win the match themselves. Individual errors must be stamped out as soon as possible; also, the coaching staff will also have to look at the belief in the team as they seem to lack the cutting edge needed to see games out from a winning position. Perhaps bringing in a new era of young, hungry players who remain unaffected by the recent ball-tampering scandal is an idea. It’ll be interesting to find out where the blazers at Cricket Australia go with that.
India captain Virat Kohli, who called the Test series win over Australia the proudest moment of his career, put in an inspired performance to score 104 runs off just 112 balls. That example of leading from the front helped rally his teammates who responded and were solid to a man to get the result and set up a third and final One Day International decider on Friday. Kohli was behind everything good about the tourists in that 2nd ODI, as well as during the Test Match run; surely the confidence that comes from that will ensure he’s fresh and raring to go again here.
Bookies Back India
Bookmakers are happy to stick with India and have them as favourites to complete the set and win the final ODI in front of the BT Sport cameras. We have to say we agree with the oddsmakers on that one; therefore, we will have the tourists to win 2-1 as our main bet of the morning. Followers can get their hands on a useful 4/7 when betting with Bet365. That should prove a useful addition to kick-starting your weekend accumulators.
We didn’t expect that big performance from India in the 2nd ODI and the fact their captain seemed determined to win every match his team plays in proves they are worth keeping close. Those who would prefer to have their stake money down on home comforts can back Australia for a morale-boosting victory at 11/8 (Bet365). A nice price, with some firms giving the same bet out at 5/4.
Top India batsman has to be Kohli at Coral’s 2/1. Backers will, at the very least, get a serious run for their money with that bet.