AFTER wrapping up the series in Melbourne following three strong, consecutive victories, the Australians will look to continue their dominance over the Indians in the fourth One Day International on Wednesday.
Canberra’s Manuka Oval will play host to the day/night match, which will only be the third time ever the Aussies have taken to the field in an international match in the nation’s capital.
Both teams go into the match undefeated at the venue.
The Australians defeated the West Indies in 2013 and the South Africans in 2014.
India crushed Sri Lanka by eight wickets in 2008 during their one and only visit to Manuka.
After several key individual performances throughout the opening three matches, our focus is on the player markets.
Top run-scorer markets for 4th ODI
Each ODI match this summer has seen at least one player score a century across the three games, including four players surpassing 50 runs in the last game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Both sides possess great batting depth, which means team scores in the series thus far have been high.
The Aussies have chased down 290+ totals three times this series, breaking all kinds of records in the process.
Manuka Oval has typically been a batsman’s paradise in the past.
Both the West Indies and the South Africans were able to post scores above the 372 mark at the venue last year during the ODI World Cup, only dropping a combined six wickets in the process.
Let’s take a look at who will be likely to top score for their team in the upcoming match at Canberra, where we expect the openers from either side again to be amongst the runs on the flat Manuka deck.
Australia top run scorer bets
Opener Aaron Finch is our selection for top run-scorer in the Australian innings.
The right hander is currently the 14th best ODI batsman in the world and could potentially cause some huge damage on the smaller Canberra ground, given his power and hard-hitting ability.
Finch is the number one ranked T20 player in the world which displays just how dominant he can be once he finds his range.
Last time the Australians played at One Day International at Manuka Oval Finch top scored for the overall match, blasting 109 off 127 balls.
Sportsbet has Aaron Finch at $4.50 to be Australia’s top run scorer
India top run scorer
Indian opener Rohit Sharma is the selection for top run scorer for the visitors.
Sharma’s visit to Australia has been a prolific one thus far, top scoring two times from three games after a commanding 171 in the first ODI at the WACA and a slashing 124 in the second at the GABBA.
An unlucky departure in Melbourne meant the 13th-ranked ODI batsman in the world could not achieve a three-peat of centuries, but there is no doubt he will bounce back in Canberra.
His teammate Virat Kolhi is the number two ranked batsmen in the ODI arena, but Sharma’s red-hot form is too hot to ignore.
Sportsbet has Rohit Sharma at $4.33 to be India’s top run scorer
Top wicket-taker markets
The current ODI series has been an interesting one, given no player has really dominated across the three matches with the white ball.
On a pitch described as a ‘batsman’s paradise’ by Dean Jones, the chances to take wickets will be limited.
Despite this, we have pored over the statistics in order to find you a white ball winner, where an Aussie quick and an Indian spinner are the guys we expect to take the most wickets.
Australian top wicket taker
New South Welshman Johnathan Hastings is the selection for most wickets in the Australian innings.
The 30-year-old was left out of the opening One Day International, but took five wickets in the next two matches including a game-best four at the MCG last time out.
Hastings has had great success against the visitors in the past, taking seven wickets in his last three matches against the Indians.
The Aussie quick has taken eight wickets in his last three ODI matches and looks to be great value to secure the most scalps against the Indians in Canberra.
Sportsbet has Johnathan Hastings at $3.75 to take the most wickets for the Australians
Indian top wicket taker
Indian spin bowler Ravi Ashwin is the selection for most wickets in the Indian innings.
The 29-year-old spinner was a peculiar omission from the Indian line up at the MCG in the last ODI, but is a certainty to be recalled in Canberra.
In the 13 matches Ashwin has played against the Australians across his career in the ODI arena, only twice has he failed to take at least one wicket.
Several Australian batsmen are susceptible to spin, which means Ashwin should play a big role in the outcome of the match at Manuka.
Sportsbet has Ravi Ashwin at $4.00 to take the most wickets for the Indians