Australia v India 1st T20 International: betting tips, prediction & odds
Welcome to our Australia v India betting tips, winner prediction and odds analysis for the first T20 International at Manuka Oval, Canberra, on Friday, December 4.
There is little time for the teams to regroup, with the ODI series finishing up at the same ground on Wednesday. Australia won the ODI component of the tour 2-1, after India won the final match at Manuka Oval on Wednesday.
Australia will have had to dig deep into their squad with four players unavailable after Ashton Agar, the third-ranked T20 bowler on the latest ICC rankins, suffered a calf injury on Wednesday.
Opener David Warner (groin), Mitchell Starc (side) and Pat Cummins (rested) are all out of play as they strive to be at 100 per cent for the looming first Test in Adelaide.
Australia experimented with Marnus Labuschagne opening on Wednesday alongside T20 superstar Aaron Finch, but could bring in dashing D’Arcy Short for this opening T20. The team is unlikely to be finalised until just before the match.
A pleasant, sunny day is forecast for Canberra, a change from the searing heat the players have been subjected to in the ODI series.
Australia are second and India third in the latest ICC T20 rankings so this promises to be a great series with some of the very best short-form players on the planet engaged.
Read on for our free Australia v India tips ahead of their T20 clash in Canberra on Friday, December 4.
Australia v India 2020 ODI, T20, Test series schedule, results
Australia v India ODI series
First ODI: Friday, November 27: Australia 6-374 (50 overs; Aaron Finch 114, Steven Smith 105, David Warner 69; Mohammed Shami 3-59) d India 8-308 (50 overs; Hardik Pandya 90, Shikhar Dhawan 74; Adam Zampa 4-54, Josh Hazlewood 3-55) at the SCG. Man of the match: Steven Smith.
Second ODI: Sunday, November 29: Australia 4-389 (50 overs; Steven Smith 104, David Warner 83; Mohammed Shami 1-73, Jasprit Bumrah 1-79, Hardik Pandya 1-24) d India 9-338 (50 overs; Virat Kohli 89, KL Rahul 76; Patrick Cummins 3-67) at the SCG. Man of the match: Steven Smith.
Third ODI: Wednesday, December 2: India 5-302 (50 overs; Hardik Pandya 92no, Ravindra Jadeja 66no; Ashton Agar 2-44) d Australia 289 (49.3 overs; Aarnon Finch 75, Glenn Maxwell 59; Shardul Thakur 3-51) by 13 runs at Manuka Oval, Canberra. Man of the match: Hardik Pandya. Player of the series: Steven Smith.
Australia v India T20 series
First T20: Friday, December 4, Manuka Oval, Canberra.
Second T20: Sunday, December 6, SCG.
Third T20: Tuesday, December 8, SCG.
Australia v India Test series
First Test: December 17-21, Adelaide Oval (day-night).
Second Test: December 26-30, MCG.
Third Test: January 7-11, SCG.
Fourth Test: January 15-19, Gabba, Brisbane.
Australia v India cricket squads
Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (vc), Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Sams, Kane Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.
India: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur.
Australia v India 1st T20 odds
Head to head odds: Australia $1.75, India $2.08
Man of the match betting:
$9 Virat Kohli
$10 Aaron Finch, D’Arcy Short
$11 Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Matthew Wade
$12 Steve Smith, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer
Top batsman Australia odds:
$3.50 Aaron Finch
$4.20 D’Arcy Short
$4.33 Steve Smith
$4.50 Alex Carey
$5 Matthew Wade
$5.50 Marnus Labuschagne
$6 Glenn Maxwell
Top batsman India odds:
$3.75 Virat Kohli
$4 KL Rahul
$4.20 Shikhar Dhawan
$4.50 Sanju Samson
$5 Mayank Agarwal
$5.50 Shubman Gill
$5.50 Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya
Top bowler Australia odds:
$4 Josh Hazlewood
$4.33 Adam Zampa
$4.50 Mitchell Starc
$5 Andrew Tye
$5.50 Daniel Sams
Top bowler India odds:
$3.60 Jasprit Bumrah
$3.75 Yuzvendra Chahal
$4 Kuldeep Yadav
$4.33 Mohammed Shami
$5.50 Navdeep Saini, Ravindra Jadeja
Australia v India betting tips
Our cricket tipsters have examined the odds and found several Australia v India tips for Friday’s first T20 International.
Mohammed Shami top wicket-taker for India
Shami was rested for the final ODI on Wednesday so should be fresh for a big display. Shami seems to excel under Australian conditions. We were strong on him in the ODI series and he did not let us down so we will stick here for the opening T20. He is an out-and-out wicket-taker.
D’Arcy Short top Australian run-scorer
The left-hander is a T20 phenomenon under Australian conditions at least. Short has not produced his best in the IPL but on bouncy Australian pitches he can be devastating batsman. Check the teams before the game obviously. Short may also get a bowl as he has proved difficult to get away in the past so could be a worth a small wager in player of the match calculations.
Australia v India prediction 4/12/2020
These are two of the best teams in the shortest form of the game. India will take some confidence out of their win in the final ODI on Wednesday. Their batsmen have been good so far, so if Bumrah and co can find their range, they will be so difficult to beat. Our final Australia v India prediction: India to win in a high-scoring contest.
Australia v India lowdown
South Africa: SuperSport. Britain: BT Sport 1 and 2. India: Sony Ten 1, Sony Ten 3, Sony Six. Live stream: SonyLiv. Australia: Fox Sports, KAYO. New Zealand: Sky Sport 2.
All of the top online betting sites will offer markets on cricket.
The game starts at 7.10pm local time (1.40pm India Standard Time) on December 4, 2020.
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