Christmas day doesn’t halt the cricket. For added excitement, here are the top Australia v India 3rd Test Match betting tips. Followers of what has already proven to be a pulsating Test series between Australia and India down under have the all-important third instalment of the drama to come. The two matches that have gone before it will ensure this attracts a bumper audience, both in attendance and watching the live coverage courtesy of Sky Sports.
The decider gets underway on 25 December. Yes, play will be going on Christmas Day; however, worry not, as it won’t interfere with your celebrations; the coin toss is expected to go up at around 11.30pm British time. That means we have the conclusion of a gripping contest to take us through the night before getting into the thick of a stunning Boxing Day sports schedule.
A Christmas Full of Sports
Armchair fans, punters and sports lovers have some real highlights on Wednesday 26th December, including a busy afternoon from the English Premier League. There’s also the hotly-anticipated renewal of the King George Chase at Kempton, a horse race that will have both casual and avid fans glued to their screens in anticipation of crowing a new king.
Before getting into that, you’ll be delighted to know cricket traders have put in the work to ensure Australia v India isn’t easily upstaged; there’s enough markets to keep every kind of punter interested for the duration of day one play. There’s also no lack of betting value around meaning you can land a nice priced winner in plenty of time for Boxing Day. This could boost your betting balance for an assault on the football accumulator of the day, or horse racing multiple.
Let’s look at what we can learn from the two Test matches that have already been played to a conclusion…
India Claim a Historic Lead
India exploded out of the traps to pile pressure on their hosts by winning the 1st Test Match with plenty to spare. A final score of India win by 31 runs is impressive enough; however, it perhaps disguises the good work put in by the victors who ensured they rarely looked like losing the contest and, instead, dominated play from the opening exchanges. As wide a 31-run victory as you’re likely to see in international Test Match cricket, and both sides knew it too.
That win was only India’s sixth Test cheer in this part of the world, but it came as no real surprise to anyone who had followed the build-up of both teams. Australia was ravaged by in-fighting and on-going problems at boardroom level which resulted in a few high-profile walk outs at Cricket Australia.
Organisers said they wanted to get fans back on side by putting in performances they could be proud of and winning cricket matches; however, they were beaten by the better team on that occasion and it was a score that threatened to ruin the small steps of progress that had been made to healing old wounds.
India captain, Virat Kohli, labelled it a great feeling when speaking to the waiting press at the conclusion of the match, reminding everyone of the size of the achievement by recalling his nation had never won the opening match of a Test series with Australia. The leader took time to heap special praise on his fast bowlers who put them on track for the win.
Australia Refuse to Give Up
Just when it looked like Australia were down and out and on their way to another painful cricket lesson, we saw the phoenix rise from the flames in jaw-dropping fashion. The hosts had their chances rubbished by many experts in the build up to the 2nd Test Match with plenty more former players, critics and even fans tipping them to fall to a 2-0 defeat, something they’d struggle to come back from in a four-Test series.
It wasn’t to be, and we saw glimmers – albeit small – of the Australia of old. The swashbuckling, fearless, talent-laden team who took a no-nonsense approach to dealing with tourists on their patch looking to make trouble. We’re not sure just what was said in the dressing room following that 1st Test defeat – perhaps it was the indignity of being the first Australian team to lose an opening match on their own patch vs India – but whatever it was, it worked miracles.
146-Run Victory Levels Things Up
The under-fire hosts blasted their way back into the series with a simply stunning 2nd Test win, getting back on track thanks to a 146-run winning margin. There’s levelling the series and then there’s that – making a point and rubbing it in the faces of all who doubted them.
There were more than a few made to eat humble pie following that performance, ourselves included. That was the nation’s first Test Match win since the famous ball-tampering scandal back in March and it didn’t come a moment too soon.
What Bookies Expect From the 3rd Test
Bookmakers have been sitting on the fence in the first two Test matches and we really couldn’t blame them for that; it was worth waiting to see just what shape Australia were in and if they still had the talent to see off a major rival, especially under an increasing amount of pressure.
There’s not an awful lot in the betting to win the 3rd Test Match either and we’re delighted to say that paves the way for a shot at landing a nice price winner. Odds-makers have set out their stall and challenged punters – if you’re confident enough to solve this one then go and do it.
Australia are favourites across the board with all major firms pricing them at 11/10, including Coral. The draw is outsider of the field, as you would’ve expected, and there’s as big as 11/2 out there. If you are going to take the middle ground be careful who you bet with as some firms offer a tight 9/2 on the same outcome.
India are 6/4 – top price with Bet365 – and we’d say take a chance on the bigger price in what’s sure to be another tight fixture.