Tue, Jan 16, 9:32am by Staff Writer
Date and Time: Friday January 19, 2:20PM AEDT
Venue: The Gabba, Brisbane
TV: Channel Nine
The five game ODI series has kicked off and before we go any further, this was a game that belonged to one man, Jason Roy!
Starting off in explosive fashion, hitting both opening bowlers Mitch Starc and Pat Cummins for six in the powerplay, Roy lead the chase and by the time he was dismissed, he had scored 180 (151 balls) of the 281 scored. England went on to chase down the target of 305 set by Australia, with 5 wickets in hand and 7 balls to spare.
For any punters who got on our suggested bet of Roy to score a 50 @ $3.27, congratulations!
Australia will be keen to square the series in game two which takes us to Brisbane, where the home side kicked off their successful Ashes campaign earlier this summer.
However, with such a dominant victory by the visitors, will the Aussies be able to turn back the momentum in such a short space of time? Looking at Sunday’s performance, there were a number of positives to take from the Australians perspective. At the top of the order, Aaron Finch played a commanding knock, steering the innings and scoring the bulk of the early runs, with David Warner, Steve Smith and Travis Head combining for only 30 of the first 78 runs. Better still, he went on to make it count, scoring 107 from 119 balls.
Mitch Marsh and Marcus Stoinis showed the firepower in the middle order scoring 50 (68) and 60 (40), with wicket keeper Tim Paine also chipping in at the end for 27 (31).
From a bowling perspective, whilst wicketless, Andrew Tye’s debut performance was encouraging, with 0-43 from his 10 overs rather economical in the context of the game.
With Jason Roy playing such a dominant role in the run chase, we were unable to gauge the form of England’s batting like we did with the home side. However, we did see a wonderful partnership of 221 between Roy and test skipper Joe Root, whose unbeaten 91 (110) played the perfect supporting role for the innings.
England’s bowling was very effective early on and we got to see spinner Moeen Ali back in form, with his 1-39 from his 10 overs valuable in restricting Australia in the middle overs.
The last time England and Australia met in a one dayer at the Gabba, we saw one of the most exciting 50 over games in recent years, where James Faulkner earnt his ‘finisher’ tag with an astonishing unbeaten 69 (47) to guide Australia to victory by 1 wicket with 3 balls to spare in their chase of 301 runs. Captain Eoin Morgan top scored for the visitors in that game with 106 (99).
Last year’s fixture at the Gabba saw Australia comprehensively triumph over Pakistan by 92 runs, 9/268 to the 176 all out, led by wicket keeper Matthew Wade’s unbeaten 100 (100). However, after being 5/78, Australia were lucky to post 268 and therefore the victory wasn’t as easily earnt as the end score may indicate.
Heading into game two, you can get Australia at $1.68 for the victory, with England $2.20, which sees England at slightly shorter odds from game 1.
If value is your focus, the top match batsman market is something that could be worth considering. You need to pick the top run scorer across both team’s innings. Seeing an opener from each side cracked a century in the previous game, David Warner at $5.50 looks a solid option. He has a highest score at the Gabba of 163 (157), scored against Sri Lanka in 2012.
If you are looking at an English player to go big, you can get number 3 batsman Alex Hales at $11 or captain Eoin Morgan at $21 for top match batsman.
For punters who wish to test the value of that market to its limit, Australian keeper Tim Paine is available for top match batsman at $126 if you believe he can match Matthew Wade’s feat from last summer.
Suggested Bet: David Warner – Top Match Batsman @ $5.50.
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