The second cricket test between India and Australia begins at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore tomorrow. Australia stunned India in the first test with tenacious batting and crafty spin bowling and won the match by 333 runs. A number of pro-India punters may have lost the money in what they must have thought as an easy betting opportunity. India had been the favorites to win. And Australia had been the rank outsiders. If anybody had bet on Australia they would have made a fortune. That is the beauty and thrill of punting.
Australia’s shock win in the first test in Pune has made the odds of cricket betting for this series more attractive. Can Australia maintain their momentum? Or will India stage a comeback? If you have the answers, check out the odds at 12bet.com. Money is there to be made from cricket.
India – Preview
India’s batting came a cropper in Mumbai. It was a collective batting failure against accurate bowling and sharp catching on a turning track. That they could not win the toss and bat first pegged them back in the first test. The team management says they are not going to make any changes. But in reality, there could be some changes. Karun Nair is likely to come into the squad, probably at the expense of a bowler. The batting unit has been in good shape for a long time. One bad performance should not be an excuse to dismantle it.
The bowlers will be under more pressure to perform. The Australian spinners outshone the Indian ones in the first match. That will be a humbling experience for R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. The pitch in Bangalore usually assists the batsmen in the first three days and starts to offer turn in the last two days. The spinners would want India to bat first and post a huge total. Expect Ashwin to bounce back, especially if India bowl second. Toss, as you can see, will be vital factor for Ashwin and company as well as for the cricket betting fortunes.
Preview – Australia
In the first test, Australia’s batsmen struggled too. The mammoth win has deflected attention away from their batting failures. Even Steven Smith, who scored a century in the second test, offered five clear-cut chances in the innings and Indian fielders grassed them all. India’s poor fielding played a big role in the century as much as his batting skills.
The Bangalore pitch will offer a different kind of challenge. What happened in Pune was quite curious. Australians were so ill-equipped to play the sharply spinning deliveries that they tended to miss the ball altogether. Indian batsmen were better so that they managed to nick the ball. Here the pitch may not turn as match, which will see the Australian batsmen connecting with the ball. How well they connect the bat with the ball will determine the outcome of the match.
The Bangalore pitch could diminish the impact of Steve O’Keefe and Nathan Lyon. The pitch will offer more purchase for Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood. Expect Australia to be tenacious and eager to exploit any dent in confidence Indian player may have.
What to do on the betting side? A lot will depend on the toss. If India bat first, they are in a position to win. If Australia bat first, a draw can be a realistic result.