India v Australia 1st ODI Tips, Predictions and Preview - Can Aussies continue form in ODIs?

Australia and India

The T20Is ended 2-0 in favour of Australia, but it was just a pre-cursor to the key ODI series and the first of the matches will be played in Hyderabad on Saturday.

Over the course of the next five ODIs, India and Australia will look to find some answers to their key questions ahead of the 2019 ODI World Cup. 

India


KL Rahul’s form in the T20Is (97 runs @ SR 156.45) has given the Indian thinktank a lot to ponder. While he can slot as a reserve opener in the squad, there is a school of thought about including Rishabh Pant as that reserve opener. 

Then there is the question of all-rounder, as India look to fit Vijay Shankar as a like-for-like replacement for the injured Hardik Pandya. Mohammad Shami has more or less cemented his spot after the New Zealand series (nine wickets), while the return of Kuldeep Yadav gives the attack an aggressive outlook.

Australia


Glenn Maxwell was brilliant in the T20Is (169 runs @ SR of 172/45) showing a new-found composure and control. He might get an extended run in the ODIs as well, as the Kangaroos look to get their composition right.

Captain Aaron Finch remains vulnerable, after a below par series with the bat, when India toured Australia (26 runs @ Avg. of 8.67). With Kane Richardson out of the tour, bowling will look to revolve around Pat Cummins and Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Match Up


India remain a well-oiled ODI machine, especially with their top-order batting. Questions will be asked about their middle-order, but India will be keen to answer them from the top!

Australia look extremely talented – on paper, at least – and should juggle their priorities. The absence of Shaun Marsh opens the door for Usman Khawaja or Maxwell to cement their spots.

History & Statistics


India have won eight of their last ten ODIs (W8, L2) and seven of their last ten home ODIs (W7, L2, T1).
India have won seven of their last nine ODIs against Australia (W7, L2).
At home, India have won six of their last seven ODIs against Australia (W6, L1).
India have won their last two ODIs at this venue.
Australia have lost their last six ODIs away from home.
Australia have lost 17 of their last 18 ODIs away from home (W1, L17).

Key Players


Shami was the man of the match in New Zealand for the way he used pace and bounce to be aggressive in the middle overs. With Bhuvneshwar Kumar set to come back from the third ODI, Shami could do with a good outing in Hyderabad.

Coulter-Nile has experience of these conditions having toured before. With his pace and bounce – to go with his hard-hitting batting down the order – Coulter-Nile will be the one to watch.

Prediction


It is tough to predict the result of a match when both sides have their eyes set on a different prize. India, however, have the best combination of wrist spinners who give them an edge in the middle overs. Even considering the form they exhibited in the T20Is, Australia may not have it easy against India.

Tips


Back India to win @ $1.52 (Sportsbet).

Back India to have the highest opening partnership @ $1.82 (Sportsbet).

Back Maxwell to hit a six @ $2.00 (Ladbrokes).


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