3rd T20 Cricket Preview – India v Australia
Saturday October 14, 12:30am AEDT – Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
|Top Batsman India||Shikhar Dhawan ($3.70)|
|Top Batsman Australia||Moises Henriques ($6.00)|
|Top Bowler India||Bhuvaneshwar Kumar ($4.50)|
|Top Bowler Australia||Adam Zampa ($4.50)|
A fantastic performance by Jason Behrendorff helped Australia equalize the series and go into the final match with an excellent chance of winning the series. Of course, India can be expected to come back strongly and put up a stiff fight as well to make the last match of this tour an exciting proposition.
Losing three wickets in the powerplay of T20 innings will put you on the losers side more than not so when India ended up losing 4, the Wolf quickly started looking for betting opportunities towards an Aussie win.
A grassy pitch with lateral movement turned out to be the undoing of the Indians in the last match but a flat, docile, wicket awaits them for the decider. Shikhar Dhawan is the man that the Wolf is interested in as the potential top batsman for India in this match. He plays his IPL matches for the Hyderabad franchise and knows what run scoring is all about on this surface.
He has had a quiet series so far with just 17 runs from two matches but looked in good touch for the brief moments he spent in the middle.
Hardik Pandya is also once again on the Wolf’s radar as the outside pick to score the most runs for India. He continues to play well in difficult situations and is being given plenty of opportunity by the Indian team management to maximize his destructive potential.
Among the bowlers, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar took more wickets than any other bowler in the IPL this season all while playing for the Hyderabad franchise. His form in this series has also been excellent with an economy rate of just 5.55 across the two games.
He is the Wolf’s pick to be the best bowler for India.
David Warner used every bit of his T20 experience in India and finally got a lot of things right. The bowling was attacking up front with a premium put on taking wickets and even though the chase was small, the Aussie batting order was right as well.
He will now return to the ground from where he led his IPL team to a title victory and has scored a mountain of runs at. Warner and Henriques play for the Hyderabad franchise and will feel right at home in this match.
Henriques, in fact, was the highest scorer in the last match and the Wolf is backing him to do the same in this match as well. He is good against spin and playing at number 3 allows him to control the innings at his own pace.
David Warner is also a good bet but the odds are better for Henriques. The outside bet for the top batsman Australia would be Marcus Stoinis who is in terrific form and could be used up the order by Australia.
Among the bowlers, the Wolf is fading Jason Behrendorff because he is not going to get the same movement off the wicket in this match. It is Adam Zampa, who took 2 crucial wickets in the last match and bowled with precise control that is the Wolf’s pick to be the top bowler for Australia.
The win in the second T20 was Australia’s first over India in India taking their overall record to 10-5 in India’s favor.
Pitch and Conditions
This match is going to be played on a featherbed full of runs for the batsmen. Unfortunately, though it looks like the rain will play spoilsport. The current forecast is for heavy rain on match day that could lead to a shortened shootout or even a complete washout.
Australia has the momentum going for it and has sorted out its batting order at just the right time. The Wolf is backing Australia to win the match and the series.