India Tour of Australia 2021: Exchange Insights

One of the most memorable Test series on Australian shores is now behind us, with India the surprise 2-1 victors.

There were numerous standout moments across the four matches, including India being skittled for 36 in Adelaide, their bounce-back win in the Boxing Day Test and Steve Smith’s ton in Sydney. Then came an historic fourth Test win by a severely undermanned Indian side at the Gabba — not to mention Rishabh Pant’s heroic innings with the bat to accelerate the run chase.

All of these moments and many more contributed to an extremely lively Exchange, with a touch over $500,000,000 AUD traded across the four matches. Below we take a look at how the Test matches played out on the Betfair Exchange, highlighting how Test cricket, like many other sports, is a great event to back, lay and trade on.


First Test

Last Traded Pre-Play Prices

Australia — $1.87
India — $2.88
The Draw — $8.40

Australia were heavily favoured going into the opening Test match — a day-nighter at Adelaide Oval — and they got off to a dream start when Mitchell Starc dismissed Prithvi Shaw in the second ball of the innings to see Australia hit $1.55. That was as low as they would trade in the opening day, with India and the draw being matched at as high as $3.95 and $11.50 respectively.

India set a first innings total of 244 and the hosts made tough work of it, replying with just 191 first innings runs to have the Indians trade as favourites — as low as $2.22 — on Day 2. From there, however, it was one-way traffic, with Australia humiliating the visitors, bowling them out for a dismal 36, before making quick work of the run chase.

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Second Test

Last Traded Pre-Play Prices

Australia — $1.32
India — $8.20
The Draw — $8.80

Much was in Australia’s favour going into the second Test after a resounding opening win and with Virat Kohli absent from the Indian squad going forward. Australia elected to bat first and despite finding themselves at 38-3 and then getting dismissed for 195, the hosts never traded above $1.85 on Boxing Day.

India’s first innings got off to an awful start as Starc picked up another first over wicket, though Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara steadied the ship somewhat as a turbulent day of flucs took place. India finished the day at 277-5 after trading as high as $3.60 and as low as $1.53 and they never looked back from there as they maintained favouritism across the following two days to level the series 1-1.


Third Test

Last Traded Pre-Play Prices

Australia — $1.53
India — $5.90
The Draw — $5.70

After levelling the series in Melbourne, India again found themselves as significant underdogs going into the Sydney Test. Will Pucovski stole the headlines on Day 1 with his 62-run knock on debut as the hosts finished Day 1 at 166-2. Unsurprisingly, India drifted out to $18 on the day, with the draw out to $7.00 and Australia into $1.45 at one stage.

Big totals from Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne helped Australia to 338 but the Indians were steady in response, finishing Day 2 at 96-2 as the market remained relatively stable across the day. The same can’t be said for Day 3, however, as India suffered a dramatic collapse to be bowled out for 244, putting Australia $1.10 favourites with the draw trading as high as $26 on the day.

The market remained keen on the Aussies across Day 4, trading no higher than $1.42, while the draw didn’t fall below $5.00 as India finished the day at 98-2, chasing 407. A stern Indian batting performance on Day 5 saw them trade at a low of $3.35 and Australia $1.10, but India held firm with the bat to secure a draw, which was matched at as high as $13 on the final day.


Fourth Test

Last Traded Pre-Play Prices

Australia — $1.33
India — $16.50
The Draw — $5.10

With Australia needing a win against an injury-ravaged Indian team to claim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, they were again heavily backed by the punters pre-off. Much had been made of Australia’s 32-year unbeaten run at the Gabba and after winning the toss and electing to bat, their odds were even firmer. Finishing the opening day at 274-5, Australia were matched at a low of $1.32 while the draw and India traded as high as $5.50 and $40 respectively.

Day 2 was where the draw really came into play, trading at a low of $1.90 as rain hit Woolloongabba, resulting in an early finish to play with India trailing by 307 and their price ballooning out to $15 at one stage.

Australia became the punters’ elect at a point on Day 3, with India at 186-6, but lower-order resilience saw the visitors bat out much of the day as the draw again became odds-on, getting as low as $1.21 — the lowest it would reach across the Test — while India reached their max price of $70.

An 89-run opening partnership from Australia and further rain delays again had the draw as a short $1.22 favourite, with Australia and India reaching highs of $6.80 and $38 respectively. History was just around the corner, though, as a knocked-up Indian side pulled off a miraculous final day chase to complete a riveting Test on the Exchange. Even on the final day, they traded at a high of $46, while Australia got as low as $1.56 and the draw $1.22.


Trading on the Betfair Exchange

Cricket is one of many sports on the Betfair Exchange that you can back, lay and trade on, with highly liquid markets on matches all over the world.

Find out more about sports trading here and learn about the setup and tools that Caan Berry, a globally renowned Betfair trader, utilises to help him become a more successful cricket trader.

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