Can Australia tame the spin trio of Kuldeep-Ashwin-Jadeja?
- Australia lost the three-match series against India ahead of the World Cup by 1-2.
- Chepauk stadium in Chennai is a nightmare for batters with spinners dominating.
India and Australia will begin their 2023 World Cup with a clash against each other at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai on October 8th. The hosts India are coming into the tournament with form on their side and will be hoping for a great start. India are favourites to win this match at 1.62
Australia, the five-time champions, have had a rough build-up to this tournament. Several players have been recovering from injuries while they also lost to India by 1-2. Australia have odds of 2.37 to win this match.
The head-to-head record between these two teams is heavily tilted towards Australia. They have faced each other in 149 ODIs so far, with Australia coming out on top 83 times and India winning 56 games. As for the last 10 encounters, the scoreline is leveled at 5-5.
The Chepauk has hosted 34 ODIs, with the team batting first winning 17 and the chasing side claiming 16. Three of the last four games have been won by the team batting first. Our toss prediction is that India will win the toss and bat first.
India have had the better of Australia in the recent series. The men in blue also have a stronger side on paper for these conditions. Considering these factors, India will be favourites with a win probability of 62%.
The average first innings score at the Chepauk after 34 ODIs reads 224, with the number dropping to 205 for the second innings.
The pitches at the Chepauk stadium are known for assisting spinners to a big extent. The turning surfaces get harder for batting as the innings progress with Seamers also finding some reverse swing. The weather in Chennai is likely to be hot on October 8th, with the temperature ranging between 32-41 degrees.
Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
Glenn Maxwell: The Australian all-rounder recently picked 4 for 40 in the third ODI against India and smashed 77 versus Pakistan in a warm-up game. His all-round ability will be key for Australia, especially at this venue.
Ravindra Jadeja: The Indian left-arm spin all-rounder will have plenty of right-hand batters to bowl at in this game. On a turning pitch, he should be able to make a good impact.
India have the most bases covered with an outstanding batting and bowling unit. Their spin attack is versatile and threatening while Australia will rely on Adam Zampa and Glenn Maxwell. We predict that India will win the match.
Our pick: Back India at 1.62 to win this one!
Apart from betting on India to win the match, check our other recommended bet about India’s best batter.
Virat Kohli has looked in great touch this year, scoring 612 runs at an average of 56 and strike rate of 113. He has three hundreds in this period and will be key on the big stage. Back Kohli at 3.62 to be India’s top batter in the match!