Winner of England v India face awesome Aussies in Tri Series final
India’s last battle in the current ODI Tri Series with Australia in Sydney was called off due to rain, but in the end it didn’t really matter or effect things as it was a dead rubber. The hosting Aussies were already through to the Tri Series final after winning their first three matches (beating England twice and India once).
Now, those latter nations face off to join Australia to fight for the title, in preparation for the upcoming World Cup.
England, odds-on 10/11 joint-favourites for victory in Perth, are three points ahead of India in the mini table, but quite simply the winner will go through to the final.
Captain Eoin Morgan spoke ahead of the crunch clash, saying: “The opportunity to play Australia on Sunday is huge.”
On England’s terrific bowling performance last time out against the Indians, the Irish-born batsman added: “The guys are in high spirits. Yes, we did take a lot of confidence from that game and I think that performance has been a long time coming. We’ve put in a lot of work over the last year or so with very little reward.
“So, an individual performance like Steven Finn put in was brilliant. Since then, Ian Bell has put in a fantastic performance [against Australia] so things are starting to come together and I think a win tomorrow would give us huge confidence and build momentum for us ahead of the World Cup.”
Finn, who took figures of 5-33 that day against India at the Gabba, is a terrific 7/2 chance to be best England bowler again, while Bell, who top scored for his side in the last two fixtures, is 3/1 to do so once more.
India have yet to tasty victory at the Tri Series, but Rohit Sharma hit a terrific 138 against Australia in their opening match at the MCG, and he is 10/3 to be best batsman for his team again. Mohammed Shami tops the Indian market to get the best bowling figures, meanwhile.