Tue, Feb 13, 12:55am by Staff Writer
The Trans-Tasman T20I Tri-Series has completed its Australian leg of the tournament with the home side winning their third consecutive game of the competition on Saturday night at the MCG in their seven wicket victory against England.
The $1.60 favourites were led with the ball by pacer Kane Richardson who took three wickets to restrict England to 7/137 from their 20 overs with stand-in skipper Jos Buttler top scoring with 46. They then had three batsmen score over 30 to chase down the target within just 14.3 overs.
In-form bat Glenn Maxwell top scored for the second consecutive game with his 39. For England, Chris Jordan claimed two of three wickets in the game to claim the most wickets for the visitors.
By virtue of their three wins from the scheduled four games, Australia now are qualified for the final of the competition on February 21.
The series heads to New Zealand for the completion of the tournament where we will get to see the first clash of the competition between the Black Caps and the Poms.
They meet later today (5:00PM AEDT) at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium and England are a surprising $1.81 favourite against the home side who are at $2.00.
In top run scorer markets, Colin Munro and Kane WIlliamson are rated the shortest priced chances for New Zealand at $4.00 with Jason Roy leading England’s at $3.75.
With the ball, it is spinners who lead the respective markets for each side as the highest wicket taker, with Ish Sodhi at $3.75 favourite for the Kiwis and Adil Rashid heading the market for England at $4.00.
Expect a keen to fire New Zealand side to bounce back in impressive fashion led by their top order. The $2.00 for the win is a nice option, however for a bit more value a Martin Guptill 50 at $4.60 is worth considering.
Suggested Bet: Martin Guptill to score a 50 (Team A – Batsman A to score 50) @ $4.60
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