The three-match one-day series is tied at 1-1 going into Friday’s final game, with Melbourne the venue for the Australia v India decider (Match Betting – Australia 13/10, India 10/19).
Having taken the first clash, Australia looked to be in a strong position to triumph in Adelaide but an impressive batting display saw the tourists fight back and win by six wickets.
That result means India head to the MCG with momentum and also with their two key batsman – Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni – both in good nick.
Kohli smashed his second century of the tour in the Adelaide victory, while Dhoni finished the job with an unbeaten 55 from 54 balls.
There had been talk of the former skipper moving up the batting order, but Dhoni (15/1 to be Man of the Match) stayed at five and is likely to continue in that role, with India expected to name an unchanged side for Friday.
Another thing in the tourists’ favour is Australia’s poor recent 50-over record at the MCG, losing their last two matches at the 100,000 capacity stadium.
The Aussies went down by six wickets to Pakistan in 2017 before losing by five wickets to England last January.
Although the hosts won their last clash with India in 2016, it was Kholi (39/20 – Away Team Top Batsman) who top-scored with a run-a-ball century (117).
Having lost in Adelaide, the temptation will be there for the Australian selectors to tweak their starting line-up, with Mitchell Marsh a likely addition having recovered from illness.
Skipper Aaron Finch (16/5 – Top Home Team Batsman) has been struggling for runs in the opening two matches – making just six in both Adelaide and Sydney – but he did smash a century in the last ODI at the MCG.
If you are considering a bet on the top bowler in the 3rd ODI, then India’s Bhuvneshwar Kumar looks the pick of the options.
The seamer is the top wicket-taker in the series so far, claiming six scalps across the first two ODIs and is 51/20 to be in the ‘Away Team Top Bowler’ market.
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