After something of a surprise result in the series opener between Australia and India, the Aussies take a 1-0 lead into the second One Day International which takes place in Adelaide on Tuesday.
This is just a 3 match series and as Australia won the opening contest in Sydney by 34 runs, the hosts now have the chance to close out a series win. India were firm favourites at around 13/20 heading into the first match but things didn’t go to plan. Despite losing 11 of 13 matches in this format last year Australia gradually upped the run rate when batting first at the SCG on their way to posting 288/5. Peter Handscomb top scored with 73 off 61 balls, there were 50’s for Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja and Stoinis was unbeaten on 47 at the death.
India’s reply was dominated by Rohit Sharma who hit 133 at the top of the order. Support was thin on the ground with MS Dhoni (51) the only other batsmen to reach 30. As wickets tumbled the asking rate climbed and Jhye Richardson returned figures of 4/26 to give India too much to do.
This was how the teams lined up at Sydney.
Australia: Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon
India: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami
Recent Head to Head
Australia lead the overall head to heads 74 to 54.
In Australia 49 meetings have produced 36 wins for the Aussies, 11 for India and 2 no results.
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Suggested Bet: Australia to win at 12/10
Having been short of confidence in this format before this series started Australia should take plenty from their display at the SCG and we fancy they could well go in again.