India v Australia T20 Betting: King Kohli ready to cop

Ed Hawkins

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 1:26 PM UTC

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 1:26 PM UTC

Indian skipper can delight the home faithful in Bangalore by reverting to IPL form.

<p>Bangalore’s adopted son, Virat Kohli, will be given the reception of a deity when he leads out his India team at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday for a must-win T20 international contest against Australia.</p><p>Kohli, born in Delhi but arguably part-bred in Bengaluru, where he has played his franchise cricket for the Royal Challengers is, of course, a living God in India. And his popularity has never been higher after he backed the government’s stance on a possible World Cup boycott of their match against Pakistan.</p><p>Yet he will need all the support he can get. Despite the feelgood factor, Kohli has a poor record with the bat at the venue. In Tests, one-day internationals and T20s he averages a combined 25.36 across 12 innings. He has only once century to his name and one fifty.</p><p>This makes no sense for two reasons. Kohli is widely regarded as the best batsman across all formats in the world. He can do it all and there is no more prized wicket for a bowler. Secondly, the Chinnaswamy pitch is an absolute belter for batters.</p><p>So it can only be a statistical anomaly that Kohli has failed to landed big scores in international cricket on a surface and surrounds that he knows so well. Ordinarily, we would swerve a wager on a player without ground form behind him, but not Kohli.</p><p>Besides, he has destroyed bowling attacks in the Indian Premier League there. In 68 matches – a far bigger study period by the way – he has fifteen half-centuries and three centuries, recording an impressive average of 37 per innings.</p><p>That means we ca be confident of betting him to do well. Our first port of call is the man of the match market. Kohli has ten awards in 66 matches, which roughly translates as slightly bigger than an 11/2 (6.5} chance. Terrific news, then, that <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07" target="_blank">Ladbrokes</a> and <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829" target="_blank">Coral</a> rate him at 7/1 (8.0). That’s a whopping edge in our favour.</p><p>Kohli is pretty much favourite across the board for top India runscorer at 5/2 (3.5) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank">Bet365</a>, <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07" target="_blank">Ladbrokes</a>, <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b" target="_blank">William Hill</a>, <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=153&amp;a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6" target="_blank">Betfair</a>, <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356" target="_blank">Paddy Power</a> and <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829" target="_blank">Coral</a>. There’s an edge for us there, too, but the same can be said for Rohit Sharma at 11/4 (3.75) (Ladbrokes, William Hill) and KL Rahul 4/1 (5.0) (Bet365).</p><p>So it should be pretty clear which edge we should be taking. If Kohli top scores, that should be good enough for the gong. We would expect India to square the series, although odds are prohibitive. They are 8/15 (1.53) with Bet365 with the Aussies 13/8 (2.63) with Ladbrokes.</p>
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