AUS vs IND Match Prediction & Betting Tips - Jun 07, 2023
After witnessing 69 test matches played over two years, we have now reached the fag end of the second edition of the World Test Championship as India takes on Australia for the Final match starting on 7th June at the iconic Oval in London. Can Inda win the WTC Final or will Australia's seamers blow them away?
India vs Australia head-to-head record
The two teams have faced each other in 106 test matches so far. Australia have the edge here as they have won 44 matches compared to 32 for India. 29 matches have ended in a draw, while 1 game was tied.
India vs Australia Live-streaming and Broadcast
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Read on for the best WTC betting tips and predictions!
AUS vs IND Team Previews
Australia narrowly missed out on a berth in the inaugural WTC Finals, thanks to a 4-point penalty for slow over rate. However, they made a strong comeback in the second edition, beginning with a 5-0 win over England in the Ashes. They went on to win series against Pakistan, West Indies, and South Africa to retain their place at the top of the table.
They suffered a minor scare after back-to-back defeats against India but a comprehensive win against the hosts in Indore ensured that the Baggy Greens sailed through easily.
Bowling will be the core strength for Australia in this match. Skipper Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, and Mitchell Starc haven’t played much in the recent past and will be fully fit as they head to the summit clash. The overcast conditions in England and the good bounce on offer will suit the Australians perfectly as they look to rip through the defenses of a strong Indian batting line-up.
Cameron Green had an excellent outing in the IPL, further cementing his all-round credentials, and will be raring to peddle his skills here. Nathan Lyon, who played an instrumental role in helping Australia secure a win against India in the Indore test will once again play an important role here, especially in the last couple of days as the ball begins to turn.
The batting however isn’t in the best of shapes for the team and will be a cause of concern. David Warner didn’t have the best of times in the IPL and the test format isn’t one of his bigger strengths. The others, including Travis Head, Usman Khwaja, and Alex Carey haven’t had much international exposure since the series in India and can be a bit rusty here.
Steve Smith and Marcus Labuschagne have played plenty of county cricket and will be the key batsmen for Australia in this game.
Australia Playing 11
David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland.
India’s journey to its second successive WTC Final was a long and arduous one. Starting with a CoViD-hampered series against England, the Indian team witnessed some major highs and lows throughout the 2 years as they competed with teams like Sri Lanka and South Africa for the second spot on the table.
However, in the end, the team managed to scrape through thanks to some favorable results to set up a summit clash with their arch-rivals in the longest format of the game.
India has managed to select a well-balanced team for this match. Despite the absence of some of their key players, including Jasprit Bumrah, KL Rahul, and Rishabh Pant, the team appears quite strong, at least on paper. Players like Shubhman Gill, Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami, and Ravindra Jadeja have shown excellent form in the recently concluded IPL and will be feeling quite confident as they head into this key encounter.
Ajinkya Rahane makes a return to the test squad after a gap of close to one and a half years and will add strength to the middle order along with Cheteshwar Pujara, who enjoys an excellent record in England. Looking at Ishan Kishan’s exploits in the IPL, we think that he might earn his maiden test call here.
Jadeja, with his all-round abilities, will be a vital cog in the squad. Mohammed Shami will lead the pace attack along with Mohammed Siraj. Umesh Yadav is likely to be the third seamer for the team. It will be interesting to see who the 5th bowler will be as both, Ravichandran Ashwin and Shardul Thakur are in decent form.
India Playing 11
Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, KS Bharat, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj.
AUS vs IND Toss Prediction
The team winning the toss will likely opt to bat first here. 35% of the matches have been won by the team batting first while 27.88% of the matches have been won by the team battingsecond. With both teams having excellent spinners in their ranks, the hope would be to get some assistance for them on the last couple of days.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
Pitch and Conditions
The surface at the Kia Oval is hard and offers a good amount of bounce. The batsmen will enjoy playing their shots here during the first couple of days. While there is a good amount of pace on offer for the quicker bowlers, they will need to be quite disciplined with their line and length.
The average first-inning score here is around 350. As the match enters the 4th and 5th day, there will be plenty of rough surfaces for the spinners to exploit. Anything over 250 will be very difficult to chase in the 4th inning.
The skies are likely to remain overcast with pleasant temperatures in the low 20s.
AUS vs IND Betting Tips
India has played some excellent cricket and has earned their spot in WTC Finals for the second consecutive time, while Australia has hardly put a foot wrong in its journey during the last two years. The two teams are easily the best ones around, making this a very close match to call. While India undoubtedly has a stronger batting unit, we think that Australia has a slight edge here thanks to their searing bowling attack.
The trio of Starc, Hazlewood, and Pat Cummins is well rested and will be raring to go, and Nathan Lyon has time and again proved to be a tricky customer.
Bet on Australia to win.
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Shubhman Gill played brilliantly in the recently concluded IPL and will be feeling very confident as he enters this contest. He has dominated every format that he has played this season and he has the game to adjust to Test cricket as well. The surface at the Oval ground is somewhat similar to what we see on the subcontinent and the bounce and pace on offer will be relished by him.
Shami is the spearhead of the Indian pace attack here. He can swing the ball irrespective of its age and will enjoy the good pace and bounce on offer. Australia is one of his favorite opponents as he has picked up 40 wickets in the 11 matches he has played against them.
Steve Smith has an excellent record at the Kennington Oval. He has scored 391 runs in his 3 matches here and averages 97.75 here. He is also a solid performer against India, averaging 65.07 against them.