In a rain-affected first ODI of the series, India beat Australia comfortably in Chennai. The second ODI will take place on Thursday and we have all the insight you need to get your betting picks ready.
India beat Australia comfortably in Chennai. Batting first they recovered from 80-5 thanks to a big partnership. Hardik Pandya with a career-best 83* had a 118-run stand with MS Dhoni and took the hosts to 281 for 7 before the rain came. Set 164 off 21 overs to win Australia never got going and eventually fell 25 runs short. The second match of the five ODI series will take place in Kolkata on Thursday.
Australia dismissed the first three Indian batsmen with full-length deliveries and the next two well-set batsmen with the short-pitched ball. While the good length ball mostly serves the purpose of keeping batsmen quiet, it doesn't present the chances of picking wickets. But if you bowl it really full, you encourage an attacking response from the batsman, which led to mistakes. Bowling full and short wasn't the only plan the Australian pacers worked on. It was evident that along with the subtle but effective variation in length was matched with the discipline to bowl outside off. Until the 45th over of the Indian innings, not one boundary was scored behind square on the leg-side.
Unfortunately, the strong new ball bowling, which gave the Australians an opening, wasn’t quite enough as the Pandya/Dhoni stand rescued the situation.
The way some of the Australians batted against wrist spin told you they didn't know which way the ball would spin. It was all the more perplexing because some of them have played in the IPL for a while. While the two new balls did make it a little tougher for Australia early on, the presence of five fielders in the circle for 13 overs should've canceled that advantage, if only their middle order batsmen (barring Glenn Maxwell) could read the spin.
We should expect more of the same in Kolkata. Eden Gardens is usually one of the drier squares in India and spin is likely. With the bat, Australia is very dependent on Warner, Smith and to a lesser extent Maxwell because of inexperience elsewhere in the order. The Australian bowlers offer a threat with the new balls but the depth of the Indian batting line up makes them a threat all the way down.
A top six of Rahane, Sharma, Kohli, Pandey, Yadhav, and Dhoni is a daunting prospect with Pandya to follow and it is depth that Australia can’t match