THE EDGE: The Edge previews the 1st T20 between India v Australia with a recommended BETDAQ bet.

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We’re only days after a brilliant ODI World Cup, but we have a repeat of the Final in T20 format on BETDAQ Betting Exchange as India host Australia. We haven’t even had time to deal with the fall out of the Final, but in example 10,001 that the cricketing International calendar is too crammed, we have a five game T20 series here. It makes sense from an Australian point of view – they’ve been in the country for two months and it was easy to tag onto the end of the World Cup “tour” but it will be interesting to see what type of crowds/interest we get in this after India lost the Final.

India went into the Final on Sunday as the major favourites, but Australia were far better on the day. It was a bitter pill to take for India who didn’t put a foot wrong throughout the whole tournament. They had hammered everyone up until the Final, but they didn’t deal with conditions in the first innings and their batting didn’t fire. Australia were superb, and deserved winners. As you would expect, we will have plenty of changes for this series. David Warner is the big name out for Australia but they have ended up with a stronger squad than India. Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell and Travis Head have all stayed on.

All the Aussie main bowlers head home as expected – their home season starts in December and it makes sense to manage their workload after the World Cup. India have opted for a completely second XI; obvious they lose out on a lot of talent but it was a wise decision given the heartbreak they have faced over the weekend – their heads probably wouldn’t be here, and it’s a good opportunity for a young and talented T20 Indian side.


We start this series at Visakhapatnam. This wouldn’t be a majorly busy Indian ground – there’s only actually been three ODI’s here since 2018 and three International T20’s in the grounds history. Australia have been involved in two of those six games over the last few years, – they won a T20 here in 2019 and they also won an ODI here in March. They actually bowled India out for 117 and chased it down in just 11 overs; talk about a hammering. In the last T20 here, India posted 179/5 and bowled South Africa out for 131 in 2022. I wouldn’t definitely go into this game with an open mind on scoring.


We’ve actually had quite a big swing in the odds – India were around 1.5 when the betting first came out and now after the squads were announced Australia are the odds on favourites. It makes sense, they definitely have the stronger side. It might be interesting to see what XI they name though – maybe they will rest Smith, Maxwell or Head for a first few games, and we might see a swing on the team news. I would definitely lean towards Australia but the 2.16 on India feels a little too big. The Aussie bowling attack is definitely their second tier attack, and while this is also a second Indian XI they have plenty of experience with the IPL. I see this as a 50/50 game and we’ll have a better idea heading into the rest of the series after today.

The Edge Says:
One point win India to beat Australia at 2.16 with Betdaq Exchange

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As I said above, it’s hard to know what kind of conditions to expect here, and with that in mind it’s hard to form a solid in-running strategy before the off. I would also definitely keep an eye on the team news here, especially what XI Australia name. There are some big names in the squad, but do they play here or rest for a game or two? That could see some decent market movement. After that, if we do get good batting conditions I would want to be against both bowling attacks – I’d expect the bat to win out over the ball for this series, unless we get a green wicket (unlikely!) or one with plenty of spin!

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