Australia will face India in the fourth and final Test match of the series at the Wooloongabba, also known as The Gabba in Brisbane, from January 15th, Friday.
The final match of the series is on us, and what a series it has been. The Australian Team are still on the top of the table for the ICC World Test Championship, and this is their final match in the series. India can turn their chances around if they win this match, but Brisbane is a fortress for Australia, who haven't lost a Test match at The Gabba since 1989! India's series in Australia is at a draw currently, where Australia won the ODI portion of the series, and India won the T20I portion of the series, and the Test matches are currently at a tie at 1.5 each. The Australians saw a comeback of Steven Smith in the last match, where he had managed to score a total of 10 runs from the first 2 matches of the Test Series, he scored a massive 221(131, 81) runs in the last match, which was a third of Australia's total score! India celebrated the return of Rohit Sharma, who scored a half-century in the second innings. I have picked the best Team bets from the match so that you can reserve the best bets before it begins.
With Rohit Sharma back for the last Test, things were looking up for India, and while India drew the match, Rohit Sharma and Shubham Gill managed to hold steady partnerships of 70 and 71 runs in the 2 innings, even though Australia crumbled in their innings, holding partnerships of only 6 and 16 runs in the 2 innings. Shubham Gill is a debutante to Test Cricket, with this being his first International Test Series, he had performed well in the exhibition match between Australia A and Indians, and he got an opportunity to bat for India when Kohli had to leave the tour. In the 4 innings that he has come out to bat, he has scored a total of 161 runs ( 31, 50, 35*, 45), with an average of 53.67. Considering he scored 50 and 45 in the first innings he seems like a safe bet. Rohit Sharma started opening for India pretty recently. He has come out to open in 6 matches. In the 8 innings, he has scored a total of 634 runs, at an average of 79.25. He has especially excellent performance in the 1st team innings and against Australia from the last 5 matches in the 1st innings he has scored 211 runs( 36, 63, 27, 53, 32) at an average of 52.75, which is pretty excellent. So if we have two consistent batsmen, who have each not gotten out against Australia below 32 runs in the 1st innings yet. The chances of India scoring over 24.5 seem extraordinarily high, and LeoVegas has offered odds of 1.87 for the same.
The highest Individual score in this series has been over 130.5 just once in this series. You might wonder then, why I chose this bet. It's because of the venue they are playing at. In the last 5 matches, the Highest Individual Score has been over 130.5 in 4 of the 5 matches. With the average from the 5 matches at 173.0. I must point out that the Highest Individual scorer in all 5 matches was from the side of the Kangaroos. In the last match India played at Brisbane, Murali Vijay had scored 144 runs and Steven Smith had scored 133 runs. So even though Murali Vijay is not playing in India's current squad, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, David Warner have all hit over 131 runs at the venue from the last 5 matches held there. LeoVegas has offered odds of 1.87 for the Highest Individual score to be over 130.5 runs and you should definitely go for this bet.
I mentioned that Australia hasn't lost a single match at Brisbane since 1989 which means that this venue has been a fortress for the Kangaroos for over the years in Test cricket. In the last five Test matches that the Aussies have played at this venue, the hosts have taken the first innings lead in all the matches. In fact, they have had the lead in the 1st innings their last 17 matches and the last match where they did not have the lead in the 1st innings was in 2003 against Sourav Ganguly-led India. In the last match that Australia played against India at this venue back in 2016, the Kangaroos managed to take a lead in the first innings, when both teams had some of the same players in the squad. While Australia failed to take the 1st innings lead in 2 out of the 3 Test matches this ongoing World Test Championship Series, but considering their antics at The Gabba, there are high chances that they are likely to take a lead in the 1st innings. LeoVegas yet again is offering odds of 1.40 for Australia to take the lead after 1st innings and while it isn't the highest paying bet, it is a safe one.
Away Team Total Opening partnership to be over 24.5 runs - @ 1.87 (LeoVegas.com)
Highest individual score to be over 130.5 runs - @ 1.87 (LeoVegas.com)
Australia to take the first innings lead - @ 1.40 (LeoVegas.com)