India V Australia – 7th ODI Preview

Match Betting

India are 8/13 with Paddy Power
Australia are 6/4 with William Hill
A Tied Match is 50/1 with Betfair.

Nothing but pride left for India to play for now, after the beating they have taken over the last week it’s hard to envisage that even a victory here would salvage much of that for them. If thats not bad enough then to lose to the side Australia are likely to put out on Wednesday in Mumbai would have to be the ultimate insult to Indian fans.

With Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson gone back to Australia a couple of days early for some extra rest it seems likely that the not so well known Burt Cockley will make his debut and also Andrew McDonald, spinner Jon Holland could also figure if Australia decide to rest Nathan Hauritz.

For India to lose to a side made up of replacements for replacements in front of a fanactical Mumbai crowd would be a disaster for MS Dhoni and his team. Dhoni has already this year had to return home without the World Twenty20 crown they failed to defend in England and they also had a disaster at the ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa last month. The Indian public must be running out of patience with him by now.

With the exception of Sachin Tendulkar’s 175, a massive 124 from Dhoni at Nagpur, a couple of half centuries from Gambhir and an assured batting display from Dhoni and Yuvraj in the third game, India’s batting has looked fairly fragile so far in this series. Any idea of experiments will probably go out of the window tomorrow in an attempt to put a respectable look on the scoreline.

One thing that can’t – and shouldn’t – be papered over by a potential win tomorrow for a side who had aspirations of becoming the number one ODI side in the World is the fact that India have been comprehensively beaten by a makeshift Aussie side, when the high pressure moments have occured during this series Dhoni’s men have come up well short and at times looked to lack the composure or brains to know how to deal with the situation.

At a best price of 8/13 India are expected to win, I wouldn’t be too confident in them though as after what has happened their confidence must be low. Also it dosen’t seem to matter who Australia have thrown out on the ground during this series, they all seem to have done the business for Ricky Ponting. For these reason I think I’ll give betting on this one a miss!

Possible Teams

India – Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Harbhajan Singh, Praveen Kumar, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Ashish Nehra.

Australia – Shaun Marsh, Adam Voges, Ricky Ponting (C), Cameron White, Michael Hussey, Andrew McDonald, Graham Manou (WK), Clint McKay, Jon Holland (or Nathan Hauritz), Doug Bollinger, Burt Cockley.

Aussies wrap up series win

Australia sealed a remarkable series win over India with a comprehensive six wicket victory at Guwahati on Sunday giving them an unassailable 4-2 lead in the best of seven series.

There are a number of factors which make this win all the more remarkable, limited overs cricket to the Indian fans seems to be more the Holy Grail unlike in England or Australia where test cricket seems to still be the pinacle with most fans and players. To beat India in their own backyard in one of their preferred formats is a decent achievement in itself.

Before we get to the injuries, the side was already going through a period of transformation with new faces such as Cameron White, Callum Ferguson and James Hopes being given a chance to establish themselves, on the whole the new faces seemed to fit in quite well which was promising for Ricky Ponting after the disapointment of the Ashes series defeat.

Then we can take into account the amount of cricket Australia are currently in the middle of playing. They have already played in the World Twenty20, The Ashes series, seven ODI’s against England, the ICC Champions Trophy and then a large proportion of the team were involved in the Champions League tournament for a couple of weeks before the current seven match series against India.

Six players were part of the Victoria and New South Wales squads who both made the semi-finals. Of the six, three of them, Brett Lee, Nathan Hauritz and Doug Bollinger of New South Wales played for their state side in the final, two days before the start of this series.

Then there is the injuries, already without the services of front line players Nathan Bracken, Brad Haddin and Michael Clarke, added to that up and coming Callum Ferguson before the start of the tournament.

They then had to cope with the loss of Brett Lee after one match, followed by James Hopes, Tim Paine, Peter Siddle and Moises Henriques, not to mention the fact that Mitchell Johnson had to play through the series carrying an ankle injury that would surely have been rested given different circumstances.

This series victory must be one of the most satisfying of Ricky Ponting’s career. After all the negative talk about his captaincy after the Ashes defeat, Australia have beat England 6-1 in an ODI seres, won the Champoins Trophy and now won this series.

If it had been done with a settled side it would have been a good victory, but to do it with a makeshift team of replacements, and further down the line replacements of replacements and at times a team made up only of who is fit to play is a remarkable achievement.

India and Aussies produce a thriller

The 5th ODI between India and Australia was a spectacle of a game for the neutral thats for sure, there was excitment to the end with a tight finish and a massive 697 runs were scored in total during the match.

Australia have to be congratulated though, with all the injuries they have had to cope with recently no one could begrudge them this victory, it was testament to the Aussie fighting spirit, the kind of spirit which has seen them remain as the top side in the world for the best part of the last twenty years.

The previous bunch of Aussie players had a lot more ability than the current crop, they were also blessed with the attitude that says the game is never gone until it is over for definate though, a gift this current crop seem to have in abundance.

The fact that they are beating one of the strongest ODI teams in the world on home soil highlights this ‘we will fight to the bitter end’ attitude as at least on two occasions today India had the game in the bag but the Aussies kept coming back at them.

India played their part in the game and Sachin Tendulkar hit a magnificent 175 almost getting them home, the fact that he didn’t get them home says the most though. He all but got them over the line single handed but was let down badly by his team mates, a selection of bad shots and some ridiculous running between the wicket and dodgy fielding was the main reason India lost today, and as MS Dhoni pointed out they also lost the game between the ears.

With such a remarkable effort from Australia I am loathed to say it, but India blew it today. If they are to continue to progress on the world stage and become the top team they will have to learn how to finish a match when put under pressure.

Put simply, Australia piled on the pressure at the end, and put simply, India just couldn’t handle it.

India V Australia – 5th ODI Preview

Match Betting

India are 8/13 with Ladbrokes and Sky Bet
Australia are 7/5 with Sportingbet
A Tied Match is 50/1 with Betfair.

More injury concerns for Australia with Moises Henriques unlikely to play any part in the 5th ODI from Hyderabad on Thursday, having lost Peter Siddle after the 4th game the Aussies are now down to the bare bones of their bowling attack and it looks like anyone who’s fit will game here.

Out of favour Ben Hilfenhous looks set to benefit from the shortage of bowlers while Clint McKay – recently added to the squad – has a chance of making his debut as does spinner Jon Holland who was originally in the squad, it is more than likely though that Johnson, Hauritz, Hilfenhaus and Bollinger will make up the four specialist bowlers.

A positive for Ricky Ponting to take out of the last game was the performance of Doug Bollinger who grabbed his chance by taking 3 top order Indian wickets and his economy rate was tidy as well (4.22), Shane Watson also rediscovered some form with 3 tail end wickets.

For India, at 78/1 in the 15th over things looked very promising. They will be concerned at the way the batting then crumbled chasing what was a modest target ona decent batting track against a makeshift Australian bowling line up.

After Yuvraj and Dhoni went cheaply no one else seemed capable of taking over the baton and getting them home, apart from a plucky innings (31 from 25 balls) from Harbhajan Singh, the rest just collapsed. A mixture of poor shot selection and some dodgy running between the wickets seemed to be the main reason behind their downfall.

MS Dhoni will be hoping that Ishant Sharma’s leaked 42 runs from his 5 overs is just a minor blip and that his recovery is still on going, how he responds on Thursday to that mauling could be vital for his immeadiate future in the team and to the outcome of the series.

The series is well balanced at 2-2, and with three to play the pressure will be mounting on MS Dhoni and his team, they have the expectations of the home crowd on their shoulders and the fact that with all the injuries the Aussies have at the moment – they can just about get eleven fit men to make a team – India know that they should really be beating a team thrown together and on its last legs.

From a betting point of view the 8/11 on India does look appealing especially with the Aussie injury list mounting, the only concern is India’s ability to self destruct when the Aussies put them under pressure.

Probable Teams

India – Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Ashish Nehra.

Australia – Shane Watson, Shaun Marsh, Ricky Ponting (C), Michael Hussey, Cameron White, Adam Voges, Graham Manou (WK), Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Hauritz, Ben Hilfenhaus, Doug Bollinger.

India V Australia – 3rd ODI Preview

Match Betting

India are 8/11 with Totesport
Australia are 5/4 with Sportingbet
A Tied Match is 54/1 with Betfair

Australia’s injury woes don’t get any better as Brett Lee has now had to return home as well as the injured Tim Paine, wicketkeeper Paine has already been replaced in the squad by Graham Manou.

Shaun Marsh will probably move up the order and open the innings in Paine’s absence while Mitchell Johnson is expected to play even though he is still carrying a knee injury, James Hopes is still doubtful due to injury.

Australia’s bowling has been a cause for concern with India’s batsmen taking a liking to Shane Watson so far in this series, Ben Hilfenhaus also had a match to forget in Nagpur, his 10 overs went for 83 with just 1 wicket.

India don’t have too much to worry about, it will just be a case of trying to keep the momentum going for them. Yuvraj now has a game under his belt and although MS Dhoni stole all the headlines on Wednesday the form of Gautam Gambhir at number 3 with scores of 68 & 76 will make great reading for the Indians.

Ishant Sharma seems to have regained his confidence and form also with the ball. The only negative is no big contribution from Sachin Tendulkar who has only managed scores of 14 & 4 so far.

Possible Teams

India – Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar, Ashish Nehra

Australia – Shane Watson, Shaun Marsh, Ricky Ponting (C), Michael Hussey, Adam Voges, Cameron White, Graham Manou (WK), Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Hauritz, Doug Bollinger, Peter Siddle.

India V Australia – 2nd ODI Preview

Match Betting

India are favourites at 8/11 with VC Bet, Totesport, Sky Bet and Paddy Power
Australia are 13/10 with Blue Square and 888Sport
A Tied Match is is 59/1 with Betfair

A remarkable turnaround in the betting for this 2nd One Day International, Australia were rightly the favourites going into the first game and going with form they won it, taking all this into consideration Australia will surely be favourites for the second game. Wrong!

At 8/11, India remarkably are favourites for the second of this seven match series. I can only assume this is due to the fact that Yuvraj is expected to return for the Indians and that Brett Lee and James Hopes are out for Australia and Mitchell Johnson is struggling with the ankle he turned in the first game but is likely to play – you would have to imagine that was Lee fit to play then Johnson surely wouldn’t be risked.

It became apparent during the first game that Brett Lee had a problem due to him not bowling his full quota of overs. A further worry for Ricky Ponting would be the way in which Shane Wastson’s bowling was taken appart at the business end of India’s run chase, he just seemed to fall to pieces.

Peter Siddle was quite expensive as well, but at least when it mattered most he bowled an excellent final over to close the game out for Australia after India had got within reach of completing a remarkable comeback. Some good news for Ricky Ponting was a return to form for Mike Hussey who scored 73 off 91 balls while steering Australia to a decent total.

If as expected Yuvraj returns for India, MS Dhoni will have the added comfort of knowing the fielding side of things should improve. For all the chopping and changing with the fielding coach prior to this series it didn’t seem to have had any impact on the evidence of the first match.

Praveen Kumar was very expensive in the bowling department going for a wicketless 77 off his 10 overs, but on a positive note Ishant Sharma showed signs of improvement with an impressive 3 for 50 and Ravindra Jadeja continued to impress with the ball but failed with the bat.

Possible Teams

India – Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar, Ashish Nehra

Australia – Shane Watson, Tim Paine (WK), Ricky Ponting (C), Shaun Marsh, Michael Hussey, Adam Voges, Cameron White, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Hauritz, Doug Bollinger, Peter Siddle.

India V Australia – ODI Series Top Wicket Takers

Top Wicket Takers in India V Australia One Day International Series Updated after 6th match, 8/11/09

10 – Shane Watson, AUS
9 – Doug Bollinger, AUS
9 – Mitchell Johnson, AUS
8 – Harbhajan Singh, IND
7 – Ashish Nehra, IND
6 – Ravindra Jadeja, IND
5 – Ishant Sharma, IND
4 – Nathan Hauritz, IND
4 – Praveen Kumar, IND
3 – Clint McKay, AUS
2 – Suresh Raina, IND
2 – Ben Hilfenhaus, AUS
2 – Peter Siddle, AUS
2 – Yuvraj Singh, IND
1 – Brett Lee, AUS
1 – Moises Henriques, AUS
1 – Munaf Patel, IND
1 – Adam Voges, AUS

India V Australia – ODI Series Top Run Scorers

Top Run Scorers in India V Australia One Day International Series Updated after 6th match, 8/11/09

313 – Mike Hussey, AUS
285 – MS Dhoni, IND
275 – Sachin Tendulkar, IND
267 – Ricky Ponting, AUS
256 – Shane Watson, AUS
218 – Cameron White, AUS
158 – Gautam Gambhir, IND
156 – Suresh Raina, IND
144 – Shaun Marsh, AUS
138 – Virender Sehwag, IND
128 – Yuvraj Singh, IND
120 – Praveen Kumar, IND
92 – Ravindra Jadeja, IND
81 – Harbhajan Singh, IND
79 – Adam Voges, AUS
58 – Tim Paine, AUS
52 – Mitchell Johnson, AUS
40 – Virat Kohli, IND
39 – Nathan Hauritz, AUS
18 – Moises Henriques, AUS
16 – Ben Hilfenhaus, AUS
14 – James Hopes, AUS
14 – Ashish Nehra, IND
7 – Graham Manou, AUS
4 – Peter Siddle, AUS
3 – Ishant Sharma, IND
2 – Munaf Patel, IND

India V Australia – 1st ODI Preview

Match Betting

Australia are 8/11 with Betfred, Boylesports, Sky Bet and Stan James.
India are 6/5 with Totesport, 888Sport, Blue Square and Bet365.
A Tied Match is 79/1 with Betfair.

Australia head into this best of 7 series as favourites to win the series as a whole and they are also the favourites to claim victory in the 1st game later today.

The Aussies are again the number 1 ranked team in the World and have just lifted the ICC Champions Trophy less than a month ago, they also have a number of players in their squad who have just been victorious with New South Wales in the Champions League Twenty20 which finished just a couple of days ago.

Will the lack of a rest have any influence on the players who took part in this tournament or will it just further drive them on as their confidence must be sky high after the last 6 weeks.

India have no great form to speak of and looked an average side in the Champions Trophy, this series will give them the chance to bounce back from their South African disaster and also to start to build for the next World Cup.

Rahul Dravid is gone again and this time it is likely to be for good, while Captain MS Dhoni can welcome back opener Virender Sehwag to strengthen the batting. India’s fielding let them down badly in South Africa and their bowling was heavily criticized by many including Dhoni with Ishant Sharma badly out of sorts.

Sharma has been named in the squad for the first 2 games and if he gets a chance to perform he will need to take it as his performances haven’t been up to scratch lately and you would have to envisage that the Indian selectors would be running out of patience with him by now. India also have a doubt over Yuvraj and he is not likely to be risked in this first game.

For the Aussies they have Brett Lee firing on all cylinders and he has just stared with a match winning performance at the Champions League Twenty20 with the bat, his 48 from 31 balls and 2 wickets also, won him the man of the match award, and for good measure he picked up the man of the series award as well.

They have drafted Shaun Marsh and spinner Jon Holland into the squad for this series with Marsh likely to get a start in this first game, Nathan Bracken, Michael Clarke and keeper Brad Haddin are still out injured – although you wouldn’t have noticed – and Callum Ferguson is also out with a nasty looking knee injury. Michael Clarke may join up with the squad during the tour if his back pain eases off.

Expect this to be a tight series with India having home advantage, still take the Aussies to win it as India’s form of late has been nothing better than average.

Squads

India – MS Dhoni (C & WK), G Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh, R Jadeja, V Kohli, P Kumar, A Mishra, A Nehra, M Patel, S Raina, V Sehwag, I Sharma, S Tendulkar, S Tyagi, Yuvraj Singh

Australia – R Ponting (C), M Hussey, D Bollinger, N Hauritz, B Hilfenhaus, J Holland, J Hopes, M Johnson, B Lee, S Marsh, T Paine (WK), P Siddle, A Voges, S Watson, C White

India V Australia – Series Betting

Series Betting Currently 4-2 to Australia

Australia have now taken the series after they won the 6th ODI by 6 wickets to give them a 4-2 lead with only one game remaining. The odds have been stacked against the Aussies from the start with injuries to key players such as Brad Haddin, Michael Clarke and Nathan Bracken preventing them from playing any part in the series, added to that the likes of Brett Lee, Tim Paine and Peter Siddle have had to return home during the series with a variety of injuries.

Any sort of series win in India these days is impressive but to do it carrying the injuries that Australia have is all the more amazing. This series victory underlines their status as the Number 1 team in the ICC one day international rankings.

7th ODI Match Betting

India are 8/11 favourites with Boylesports, they appear to have been favourites in every match since the 1st game, although it is not reflected in the score line.
Australia are 6/5 with Sky Bet and Bet365
A Tied Match is 48/1 with Betfair.