All eyes will be on the Oval on Sunday as two of the Cricket World Cup tournament favourites India and Australia go head-to-head in what should be an intriguing contest between bat and ball. Form Labs bring you their betting preview and tips for the game while we bring you the value with our selection of enhanced odds available in our FanBoosts section.
Starc In Fine Form
After beating Afghanistan in their opener, Australia passed their first real test when recovering from 79-5 to post 288, before Mitchell Starc ripped through the West Indies tail to secure victory when the game was still in the balance.
Although the victory will give them great belief, they were reliant on individuals such as Starc, Steve Smith, who helped rebuild the innings, and a superb 92 from no.8 Nathan Coulter-Nile.
The Windies were culpable of giving it away slightly with 24 wides and some erratic shots during the chase, and should the Aussies find themselves in a similar position against a team of India’s quality, they won’t be able to claw it back.
India Open With Win Over SA
Rohit Sharma’s 122 not out led India to a comfortable victory over South Africa in their opener. Virat Kohli’s men look like they mean business, and in particularly their bowlers, with Jasprit Bumrah setting the tone with a terrific opening spell before their spinners bamboozled the Proteas.
Yuz Chahal stood out taking 4-51, and it will be interesting to see how the Aussies deal with mystery spin after facing a barrage of short, fast-paced bowling from the Windies.
India v Australia Betting Tips
While Australia have some world-class individuals, the Indian team is far more well-rounded; get through Starc and Pat Cummins and it gets easier, whereas Kohli has quality options throughout his attack. India also have more match winners with the bat and with little disparity between the match prices, we’re happy to side with the Men in Blue.
David Warner and Aaron Finch head the top Australian batsman market, but as Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla found out, they’ll have to deal with the treacherous opening spell from Bumrah.
So, coming in at no.4, preference is for Smith. The former captain has shown no signs of his world-class ability waning since returning to the international frame.
He bagged two scores of 90 and a century in warm-up matches, as well as a crucial 73 under pressure in the last match, and against a high-quality attack, he’s best equipped to deal with it.
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