What a match it was, in which Australia narrowly defeated England, in spite of a brilliant century from Sam Billings. But, that's past and there's everything to play for. For Australia, they will be eyeing no less than a win to seal the series, while the hosts cum World Champions would never want to give away the series at their own backyard. Old Trafford, Manchester will play host to this enthralling contest and we cannot wait for the coin to be tossed.
Meanwhile, I have assorted the top three winning bets for you, so that you earn as much money as possible by the end of the weekend. Just go through the analysis and act accordingly.
Even though Sam Billings scored 118 runs in the opening match, we cannot conclude that Old Trafford, Manchester is a venue where a batsman can score big regularly. In the past five matches at the ground, only three scores have past the 106-run mark. If we look at the last five H2H matches between these two sides at the venue, only once have a batsman scored at least 107 runs, even though there were three centurions in the list.
Overall, in the last five H2H matches, we've had six centuries, with scores of - 118, 100, 110, 100, 101, 101, but only two of them are north of 106. Meanwhile, Australian batsmen have scored just a single century in the past five ODIs, which gives another reason for us to invest money on this bet. The case is similar with England, with two centurions in the past five matches and a lone score of above 106 runs. This has to be one of the safest markets available, so do place your bets.
The Englishman has been one of the best ODI batsmen in the recent past and played an influential role in their World Cup win last year. Guess what? He's started from where he left in the showpiece event, with his last 10 scores reading - 84, 4, 82, 2, 43, 19, 36, 34, 106, 111, scoring 485 runs at a rate of 48.5 runs per innings, with seven scores north of 32, which is really impressive. Bairstow has been phenomenal when playing at home, which is evident from his scores of 84, 4, 82, 2, 36, 34, 106, 111, amassing a total of 459 runs in the past eight matches, averaging 57.37 runs per innings, with six scores of more than 32.
When it come to playing against the Aussies, Johnny Bairstow steps up like no other English batsman, with his scores in the last seven H2H matches being - 82, 34, 27, 12, 79, 139, 42, racking up 415 runs at a rate of almost 60 rune per innings, with five scores of at least 33 runs. Last, but not least, the top-order batsman's last six scores at the Old Trafford - 84, 90, 12, 100, 10, 83, registering a total of 379 runs at an average of 63.16, with four scores in our range. We are waiting to receive our money on the other side, so please make your bets.
Not the ideal betm but an effective one for sure, especially if we look at the recent record of the Aussies in the 50-over format. In the past five matches, Australia have hit just 13 sixes (2.6 per innings), with just one instance where they have hit more than flour maximums. Even in the last five H2H matches between these two sides, the men from 'Down Under' have managed to hit just 17 sixes (3.4 per match), which also supports our case. If that's not enough, we'll give you more.
In the last three matches between Australia and England at the Old Trafford, only once have the visitors hit more than four sixes, with a count of 12 sixes (4 per match). England, on the other in their last five home matches, have only twice conceded more than four sixes in a match, having shipped in just 13 in the same, which sums up to 3.25 sixes on an average. As per the trend, we are not expecting Aaron Finch and Co. to hit more than four sixes this Sunday, so hurry up and place your bets.
Top batsman total to be under 106.5 runs @ 1.85 (Dafabet)
Johnny Bairstow to score above 32.5 runs @ 1.87 (Dafabet)
Australia to hit less than 4.5 sixes @ 1.83 (Bet 365)