England and Australia will go head on in the third and final ODI of the three-match series at Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester on 16 September, Wednesday.
The series is level and I am still wondering, HOW? Australia threw away their opportunity to win an ODI series against England at their backyard and it is still unfathomable! England snatched the victory from the jaws of defeat courtesy of some serious fast bowling display from Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes and Sam Curran during the second ODI at the same venue. While chasing a moderate total of 232 with skipper Aaron Finch and Marnus Labuschagne at the crease, the team from Down Under were cruising at 143/2. From there, the visitors were reduced to 176/9 and in a span of 33 runs Australia threw their victory away and that is exactly why I am still finding it hard to believe the way in which happened. Now that the Three Lions have bounced back in the three-match ODI series, both teams have the chance to clinch this trophy and it all depends on who holds on to their perch right till the end of this forthcoming fixture. Meanwhile, I have unearthed three of the best markets for you to bet on and I am going to take you through them one by one. Shall we begin?
There’s this question that has been circling inside my head - Can England end this summer with their home record in tow? There are moments that have sprung up ever since the start of the summer which have made me believe that yes it is possible. And the way Eoin Morgan and co. snatched that victory away from the jaws of Australia, I am more confident than ever that England are going to end their summer on a high. The Three Lions and Australia have clashed on 72 occasions on the English soil and the hosts have won on 36 of them while Australia taking 32 victories, with two matches getting tied and two of them getting abandoned. In the last 19 head-to-head encounters, England have won 15 matches against Australia in the 50-over format. England and Australia have played 14 ODI matches at the Emirates Old Trafford and the hosts have managed to win 8 of them. Spread EX is offering wonderful odds of 1.80 for an England victory in the final ODI of the series and there is no way we are going to lose this bet!
The Australian captain has been in red-hot form in white-ball cricket and there's no denying that fact. Good news for Royal Challengers Bangalore as he is going to carry this form into the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League. Coming back to where we were, Finch has been quite unbelievably good with his piece of willow in this tour of England. He is the second highest run scorer in this ODI series with 89 runs under his belt in two matches so far. In 29 matches against England, Finch has racked up 1342 runs at an average of 49.70 including 7 hundreds and 5 fifties. When he is playing away from home, the Australian skipper averages 40.03 and while playing on the English soil, Finch averages 42.44 in this particular format of the game. In this calendar year, the swashbuckling opener has featured in 9 matches and has notched up 412 runs at an average of 51.50 including 1 century and 3 half centuries. In the third match of any ODI series, Finch maintained an average of 44.80. William Hill is offering odds of 1.83 for Aaron Finch to score just 31 runs and that should be a walk in the park for the Australian captain.
Here's an interesting market that is going to pay dividends tomorrow if we invest wisely! Now, when we talk about David Warner and white-ball cricket - there are very few cricketers, rather openers, who are as devastating as he is. But somehow, Warner has not been in form and his cold form has hurt Australia at the top of the batting tree. Believe it or not, the attacking left-hander is yet to hit a four in this ongoing ODI series against England! Yeah, let that sink in first! Against England, Warner has played 23 ODIs and has smashed 79 fours, which is an average of 3.43 boundaries per game. While playing away from home, in 49 ODIs, Warner has managed to hit 201 boundaries, which is an average of 4.10 fours per match. In this calendar year, in 9 outings, Warner has 35 fours against his name and that too is less than four fours per game. In 125 matches, Warner has 555 boundaries against his name in the ODIs, which is an average of 4.44. As you can see, all the scenarios and his current run of form with the bat is indicating that he is going to get out early again tomorrow and not going to hit more than 4 boundaries. Bet 365 is offering odds of 1.80 for David Warner to hit less than 4.5 fours, so, go bet!
England to win - @ 1.80 (Spread EX)
Aaron Finch to score at least 31 runs - @ 1.83 (William Hill)
David Warner to hit less than 4.5 fours - @ 1.80 (Bet 365)