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India v Australia 1st T20 Preview: Finch to continue good form

Fri, Oct 6, 4:56pm by Head Editor

India v Australia, Sunday 8 October, 12:30am, Ranchi Cricket Stadium

After losing the One Day International series 4-1, Australia must now turn their attention to their least favourite form of the game, for a three game T20 series, starting in Ranchi on Sunday morning AEST.

India well and truly dominated the five match ODI series, but the tourists will be hoping that a massive change to their 14-man squad, which contains 10 Indian Premier League players, including skipper Steve Smith (Rising Pune Supergiant) and vice-captain David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad).

The core of the Indian team though remains the same, including the middle order of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, which has seen the hosts installed as $1.62 favourites to take out game one.

Australia have won just one of their last eight T20’s against India, including a 3-0 series loss down under in January 2016. The green and gold are out at $2.30 to arrest that slide here.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli has a phenomenal record in the shortest form of the game, he averages 53.82, which is the highest in the world, and is a rightful favourite to top score for his nation in this one, at $3.50.

The top pick Aussie in this market is David Warner at $3.60. The New South Welshman has a wealth of experience in this format, having played 63 T20I’s. The vice-captain is also coming off a blazing 124 in the fourth ODI, which the Aussies won.

Western Australian left-arm quick Jason Behrendorff is set to make his debut for the visitors, and while his focus will be on the remainder of this tour, the injury to fellow quick James Pattinson, the 27-year-old will know a strong performance could be him in the Ashes-frame this summer.

We like the $3.75 about Aaron Finch to top score for Australia. He’s scored more runs than any Aussie against India in T20 cricket and is coming of 123, 94 and 32 in his last three games.

The Aussies are ranked way down in 7th in this format, but the slow Ranchi pitch will keep the score down and keep the game tight. India are somewhat surprisingly in fifth place, but being on home soil, they should have the edge.

Suggested Bet: Finch to top score for Australia: $3.75

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