India v Australia: First T20i Odds and Betting Preview

By Matt Harris on February 22, 2019

With a World Cup on the way, all eyes will be on the One Day leg of this tour. Both India and Australia will feel they are in with a chance of landing the trophy when the tournament arrives in England later this year. Before that, we have two T20is, the first of which goes off in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. It promises to be a thriller for the neutral. But who do the 1st T20i odds for India v Australia favour?

What are the 1st T20i odds for India v Australia?

The sportsbooks suggest that anyone taking a Satta on Sunday’s match should be looking at India. Betway have the home side on offer at odds of 1.50, while the Australians are quoted at 2.62.

We continue to see upsets in the short form of the game. And when India were in Australia and New Zealand, a portion of the matches went with the outsiders. If we dismiss the lottery element then we see an Indian team with greater depth. In the meantime, Australia are still looking to compensate for the loss of two key batsmen. It could be tight and we’re backing a 1-1 series score. Nevertheless, we’ll stay with India as our tip for the first game.

Match Odds Summary: India 1.50 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), Australia 2.60

What are the top batsman 1st T20i odds for India v Australia?

With the exception of the injured Hardik Pandya, India are at full strength for this game. So it’s Virat Kohli leading the way in his side’s top batsman market. The skipper is available at 3.50, followed by Rohit Sharma at 3.75 and Shikhar Dhawan at 4.50 – all with Bet365.

Rishabh Pant is an exciting prospect in all three formats, and can be backed at 6.00. Other options for India include KL Rahul at 5.00, Vijay Shankar at 6.00, and the dependable MS Dhoni at a tempting 9.00.

Australia’s version of the top batsman market shows Aaron Finch as clear favourite at 3.75. Meanwhile, there is a lot of interest in D’Arcy Short at 4.00, and Shaun Marsh follows at 4.50. In addition, Glenn Maxwell is finally starting to show some consistency and would interest us at 5.00.

Elsewhere, Marcus Stoinis may offer even better value at 9.00. Other Aussie options include Usman Khawaja at 4.00, and Alex Carey at 8.00.

There is that temptation to back Glenn Maxwell, but our overall tip for this match is Rohit Sharma to top score for India. Rohit is in good touch and tends to start series strongly. That combination is therefore too much to ignore.

Top Batsman Odds Summary: India: Kohli 3.50, Sharma 3.75 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Dhawan 4.50, Rahul 5.00, Shankar 6.00, Pant 6.00, Dhoni 9.00.

Australia: Finch 3.75, Short 4.00, Khawaja 4.00, Shaun Marsh 4.50, Maxwell 5.00, Carey 8.00, Stoinis 9.00.

What are the top bowler 1st T20i odds for India v Australia?

All of the prices have been a little short thus far. So we’ll see if we can find some value in India’s top bowler market. The man at the top is Jasprit Bumrah at 3.50 followed by Yuzvendra Chahal at 4.00.

We’ll list all the other options below. But the price that’s really interesting us is the 5.00 for Krunal Pandya. He’s a far more understated cricketer than his brother, but the talent is there. He’s stepped up to international cricket with good results and can take the wickets in the middle overs . So, we believe he will lead India to an opening win.

India Top Bowler Odds Summary: Bumrah 3.50, Chahal 4.00, Kaul 4.50, Umesh Yadav 4.50, Krunal Pandya 5.00 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick).