Fri, Feb 9, 7:43am by Staff Writer
The MCG is the destination for the final international game for the Australian cricket summer where Australia and England will do battle in their second T20 international in the tri-series on Saturday night.
Both sides will then head to New Zealand to take part in the remainder of the competition with the undefeated Australian outfit looking very likely to take part in the final scheduled for February 21 at Auckland’s Eden Park.
Wednesday’s game between the two sides was an interesting affair with England bursting out of the blocks and threatening to reach a score of 200 at the midway point of the innings.
However some tight bowling and soft dismissals saw a middle order batting collapse and the English were lucky to reach a score of 9/155 at the conclusion of the 20 overs thanks to an unbeaten 18 run final wicket stand between Chris Jordan and Mark Wood who ensured the side would bat out their innings.
The Australians looked to be in major trouble early on after David Willey dismissed captain David Warner and Chris Lynn in the first over. Number four batsman Glenn Maxwell took the responsibility to bat through the innings and after surviving a dropped catch from Alex Hales and a controversial claimed catch by Jason Roy he was able to score the winning runs with a six which saw him reach his century with the shot.
After seeing both sides in this format, the MCG encounter looks set to be another interestingly fought battle. England triumphed in the first one day international held at the venue last month thanks to an astonishing 180 by opening batsman Jason Roy.
Australia head into the game a clear $1.60 favourite with England $2.35.
In batting markets, there is a three way tie for top Australian run scorer between David Warner, Aaron Finch and Chris Lynn who are all at $4.00. D’Arcy Short and Glenn Maxwell follow at $4.20 and $5.00 respectively.
Jason Roy leads England’s top run scorer market at $4.00, with Alex Hales a $4.20 second favourite ahead of Dawid Malan and James Vince at $4.50 and $5.00 chances respectively. Sam Billings is at $12.00 and if he plays could be a good value selection.
Andrew Tye leads the top wicket taker market for Australia at $3.25 from Billy Stanlake ($4.00), Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa (both at $5.00). Wednesday’s top wicket taker Maxwell is at $8.00 to repeat in Melbourne. For England, Adil Rashid is at $4.00 ahead of Chris Jordan, David Willey and Liam Plunkett who are all at $4.50.
England will be desperate to end their summer in Australia on a high and at $2.35 present good value. After scoring 180 runs in his previous innings at the venue and having failed to perform in the first T20I, Jason Roy to score over 25.5 runs on Saturday night looks a worthwhile option.
Suggested Bet: Jason Roy to score over 25.5 runs (Player Performance) @ $1.83
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