India (IND) vs Australia (AUS), 1st ODI 12 Jan, 2019 free betting tips & preview. Get schedule, head to head stats to bet with top sites Betfair, Bet365 & Betway
After sharing the T20 series, India claimed an historic test series win in Australia - beating the hosts 2-1 over four matches to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Australia have won just two of their last 21 completed one day internationals.
That includes a 4-1 series defeat away to India the last time the two teams met in this format - Rohit Sharma scored 296 runs in the series, including 125 from 109 balls as India won the most recent ODI between the two nations at Nagpur.
Australia’s bid to end their poor run of form in the 50-over game continues when they welcome India back to Sydney for the first ODI of this three-game series – the final leg of a successful tour for the Indians so far. The match is scheduled for January 12 and the live action begins at 13:20 local time each day.
AUS vs IND, 1st ODI: Where to watch/Live streaming
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In the T20 international series at the start of this tour, India were keen to field first when they won the toss and that pattern could continue into the ODI series.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Australia vs India, 1st ODI.
Australia Team News & Playing 11
AUS Team News
Australia have called up in-form Ashton Turner as cover for Mitchell Marsh, who will miss at least the first match after being hospitalised with gastritis and could be out for the series. With Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc not included in the squad and Travis Head dropped too, there will be several changes from the ODI series with South Africa in November – including a potential return for Peter Siddle, who last played an ODI in 2010. Alex Carey could be promoted to open given his form so far in the Big Bash League.
AUS Key Players
Australia have revamped their ODI squad, with returns for the likes of Peter Siddle, Usman Khawaja and Nathan Lyon. Their key men against India could be the same as ever, however – not least opening batsman Aaron Finch.
Finch scored 250 runs the last time Australia faced India, including a century, and the limited-overs captain has a point to prove after being dropped from the test squad too. Further down the batting order, Shaun Marsh scored two centuries in Australia’s humbling ODI tour of England – one of few highlights for the tourists – and hit another in their most recent ODI, at Hobart against South Africa.
That series saw Marcus Stoinis pick up eight wickets in three games, including 3-16 from 4.2 overs in the first game and 3-35 in Australia’s lone win in the second. He links up with the squad having taken four wickets and scored 112 runs in his last two Big Bash League matches for Melbourne Stars.
Peter Siddle, Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrendorff have all impresed with the ball in the Big Bash League so far this season too, with all three in the wickets.
AUS Team Form
Australia have not won an ODI series since beating Pakistan at home in January 2017. They have since played 21 completed matches and won just two of them, including a combined 9-1 loss to England across five home games and five away games and a 4-1 defeat when they last faced India, in India.
Most recently, they were bowled out for 152 in their first ODI against the touring South Africans, falling to a six-wicket defeat. They posted just 231 in their second game, but Marcus Stoinis took 3-35 from ten overs and South Africa finished seven runs short. The hosts had no answer to a 252-run partnership by Faf du Plessis and David Miller in the final game, however – Shaun Marsh’s century as Australia replied to 320/5 was not enough, as they finished 40 runs short on 280/9.
Australia Predicted Playing 11
Aaron Finch, Alex Carey, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Siddle, Adam Zampa, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff
India Team News & Playing 11
IND Team News
The Indian team has rested Jasprit Bumrah for the ODI series against Australia in order to manage the fast bowler's workload. Mohammed Siraj has been called up into the squad as his replacement. Meanwhile, opening batsman KL Rahul and all-rounder Hardik Pandya could face suspension for the first one-day international. In case Pandya misses out, the visitors could bring in Kedar Jadhav as a like-for-like replacement.
IND Key Players
Rohit Sharma averages 136.6 in his last nine ODIs, scoring 683 runs, while Virat Kohli’s last five games have seen him average 151 – posting 453 runs in the five-match series with West Indies to win the Player of the Series award. Ironically, two of his three back-to-back centuries – including his unbeaten 157 from 129 balls – came in matches India did not win too.
Shikhar Dhawan, meanwhile, scored 76 and 41 in his two innings against Australia in the recent T20 international series, and was top run scorer at the Asia Cup (and Player of the Series). The batting line-up is bolstered by the experience MS Dhoni provides lower down the order.
With the ball, Kuldeep Yadav took nine wickets in the series against West Indies – as well as five in the subsequent T20 series too. He also took ten wickets in the Asia Cup and he will be keen to show such form in an away series now too, especially with the World Cup coming up in England.
IND Team Form
India arrive in good ODI form, having bounced back from their 2-1, Joe Root-inspired defeat to England in July. They won the Asia Cup, beating Bangladesh in the final having already seen off Hong Kong and Pakistan in the first group stage, before Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan inspired them to wins against Bangladesh and Pakistan in the second phase. The only slight blip was a tie with Afghanistan. Last time out, they faced West Indies at home and – with Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in stunning batting form – they won the five-game series 3-1. At 1-1 after three matches, they posted 377/5 in a 224-run victory in the fourth game – Sharma scoring 162 – before Ravindra Jadeja helped bowl the tourists out for 104 as they won the final game of the series by nine wickets – taking just 14.5 overs to reach their target.
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
AUS : L W L L L
IND : W W T L W
AUS vs IND Head to Head
Australia have won 73 of their 128 previous ODIs against India, whereas India have won 45 and there have been ten no results. The most recent series between the two was in India, however, and the hosts won 4-1 over five games. Rohit Sharma scored 296 runs in the series and Kuldeep Yadav took seven wickets, whereas Aaron Finch posted 250 runs and Nathan Coulter-Nile claimed ten dismissals. David Warner also scored a century, in Australia’s lone 21-run win in the fourth game, but Sharma’s 125 from 109 balls saw India chase 243 for the loss of just three wickets – with 7.1 overs remaining – to win the final game and completed the 4-1 series win.
Australia vs India Betting Odds
India are 1.61 with Bet365 and 1.62 with Betfair and Betway to win the opening ODI game against an Australia team in poor form in the 50-over game.
Rohit Sharma comes into the series in fine ODI form and he is 4.00 with Bet365 to top score for India, as he did in the most recent match between the two. Virat Kohli – who hit three consecutive centuries against West Indies – is 3.50.
Aaron Finch top-scored for Australia the last time they faced India, and the captain is 4.00 with Bet365 and Betfair to be their top batsman in this match. Shaun Marsh hit centuries against England and South Africa, however, and could be a good bet at a best price of 5.00 with Betfair.
Australia vs India Prediction
Australia are in poor form in the ODI game – and, indeed, in general – and even their revamped squad might struggle against an Indian team who have found a relatively settled line-up, and boast some seriously in-form batsman in Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.
Final Verdict: Back India to beat Australia at 1.62 with Bet365 and 1.62 with Betfair and Betway.