THE EDGE: The Edge previews the 3rd T20 between India v Australia with a recommended BETDAQ bet.

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India v Australia 2nd T20

MATCH OVERVIEW:

India and Australia clash again on BETDAQ Betting Exchange as the sides move to Guwahati on Tuesday! India have a chance to put the series to bed quickly here after taking a 2-0 lead on Sunday – the bat has really dominated the ball so far this series. As predicted looking at the bowling line-ups to be honest, but India smashed Australia around the park on Sunday to post 235/4. It’s actually incredible when you sit back; India were perfect in every game during the World Cup bar the final, and even their second XI has been superb with the bat in this series.

Australia know when to turn up though, and they totally outplayed India in the World Cup Final. In reality, this is a meaningless T20 series – but it is good prep selection wise for the T20 World Cup which comes up next summer. Australia have started opening with Steven Smith which is interesting. So far he has scored at a strike rate of 126.82 and 118.75. Considering the scores we’ve had in this series so far, that’s probably too low even with him scoring a 50. The openers just have to go as quickly as possible in this format – there’s no other option these days in the powerplay.

Maxwell came back into the starting XI at the weekend but he got out for 12 runs. Although the batting order is under pressure with India batting so well, where Australia really have to improve is the bowling. Their bowling just hasn’t been good enough so far this season and India have been able to take full advantage.


WEATHER AND PITCH WATCH:

Just like the 2nd T20, we are at a ground that isn’t a main ground in India. This ground usually wouldn’t get a touring fixture like Australia, only we’ve just had the ODI World Cup at India at all the main grounds. That makes reading conditions pretty tricky – we’ve only had three International T20’s here; one had no result too. South Africa were the last side to play here while touring; India scored 237/3 batting first and won by 16 runs. South Africa finished on 221/3. That game was in October 2022 but I’d expect another high scoring game here as has been the case in the series so far.


RECOMMENDED BET:

After landing a bet on India in the 1st T20, the odds flipped around and we had a value bet on Australia in the 2nd T20. We have similar odds here; India are favourites at 1.84 but I feel the Australian bowling has been so average it’s hard to see them winning here. Especially considering we’re very likely to have excellent batting conditions again. This Indian second XI batting is on fire too; and this is the format they are used to as they’ve grown up on IPL cricket. I’d expect the Aussie bowling to give India a slight edge again, and I’m happy with a bet on India at the odds.

The Edge Says:
Two points win India to beat Australia at 1.84 with Betdaq Exchange

View the market here -> https://betdaq.biz/3IndAus


IN-RUNNING STRATEGY:

So far this series it has paid to support the batting side, and I don’t see that being any different here. In the 1st T20 both sides scored over 200, and you would have got a good trade on Australia in the first innings. With India scoring 235/4 in the first innings of the 2nd T20, that was basically game over but Australia still put up a big score in defeat. I would back the side who bats first as a trade again, and then depending on how high the score is look to get on the chasing side – definitely not if the score creeps up past 220 but around 200 again might produce a nice trade.



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