Following a triumphant performance by the Men in Blue in New Zealand, Virat Kohli and Co. will now look to replicate that feat in the 3-match ODI series, set to start from Wednesday. For the Indian team, this series will be about making a bold statement that they are not a side to be trifled with. As for New Zealand, it is a matter of pride for them, to put away their past and reinvent themselves, on their home turf. In this article, we will give you the India vs. New Zealand betting odds, tips, and predictions for the 3-match ODI series. So, get your cricket betting strategies in order and follow our page for latest news and previews.
For the first ODI match in Hamilton, there is no doubt that the Indian team will start as the heavy, odds-on favourite to win the match. Given their recent show of dominance and the massive 5-0 rout against the Black Caps, the visitors will be favoured by pretty much any bookmaker in the market. However, what makes this match particularly interesting is that it is in the 50-over format. India has time and again proven their superiority in this aspect of the game, but now, they face a side with pretty much nothing to lose. Expect a lot of sensational batting and bowling in this match.
As for New Zealand, it is a matter of pride for them. The local supports are rallying behind them and will be hoping for them to win. New Zealand, having played in the final of the last two ODI World Cups, clearly have the exposure, history, and skills needed to perform here.
Their First ODI Meeting since the World Cup
The last time these two sides played an ODI match was in the semifinal of the 2019 World Cup. It lasted over two days and New Zealand came out victorious by 18 runs. Ross Taylor scored an impressive 74 runs with Henry doing his thing in bowling. India were bowled out for 221 runs, marking one of their biggest wins over the Asian side.
India on a Roll
Saying that the Virat Kohli and others are in the form of their lives will be an understatement. The Indian cricket side has been on a phenomenal roll, starting with the impressive 2-1 ODI Series win over Australia at home. Before that, they defeated West Indies with a similar score. Then, to follow all of that with a T20 Series win over New Zealand in challenging conditions is certainly a feat worthy of praises.
If there is anything we have seen in the recent weeks, India’s batting and bowling has been second to none. The boys have done it all – they won two consecutive super overs, the likes of Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, and Manish Pandey showed that there is a lot of grit and resilience in the batting order, and Kohli, as strong as ever, continues to lead a fine team to victory. This Indian side has experience and energy – two traits very much needed to perform in a World Cup year.
However, not all has been bright and chirpy for the Men in Blue. Rohit Sharma, the in-form opener, picked up a calf injury in the 5th T20I and has been consequently ruled out of the remainder of the tour. He now joins Shikhar Dhawan, who is also taking some time off due to injuries. Amidst this, Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal have been called up to the side. These two youngsters, while talented, don’t have a lot of international exposure. KL Rahul, Iyer, and Kohli will also lead the charge in terms of batting.
New Zealand, Seeking Redemption
The 5-0 whitewash at home at the hands of India will definitely leave a mark on the Black Caps. To lose the series by virtue of two super overs – the same scenario that cost them the World Cup last year – is a bitter pill to swallow. Call it luck, call it injury stricken squad, or just call it a lack of motivation, there is something going on in the New Zealand camp and it needs to be resolved soon. They have now hit rock bottom and the only way for them is up.
The last time New Zealand won a match was in late November last year, when they defeated England in a test match. Since then, they have been win-less in 9 matches across all formats. To add to their woes, their skipper Kane Williamson has joined the likes of Trent Boult and Matt Henry as he succumbed to the injury. To further exacerbate the matters, the Black Caps will be without their head coach Gary Stead and instead, Shane Jurgensen will be handling the team for the ODI series against India.
Amidst this, Tom Latham will be leading the side. Mark Chapman has been called to the team, in addition to youngsters like Kyle Jamieson, Jimmy Neesham, and Colin de Grandhomme.
Interestingly enough, the match on Wednesday will be New Zealand’s first ODI game since their uneventful defeat to England in the World Cup final last year. And in all fairness, they would have preferred facing a side far less domineering than India. But at the same time, if they are looking to make amends and move back up, doing it against India is just as good as any.
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