After a triumphant performance against Australia at home, the Men in Blue are ready for their first outing of the season. By all means, it is going to be a challenging endeavor for the Indian National Cricket Team as they face visit New Zealand to face the Black Caps in a 5-match T20I Series, followed by a 3-match ODI series. The series starts on Friday, January 24 and will showcase a tightly-packed schedule. In many ways, it’s good for the boys as this being a World Cup year, it gives them enough time and practice to finalize the playing squad. In this article, we will give you the latest betting tips and predictions so you can get your cricket betting game on point.
India vs New Zealand Betting Tips & Odds: 3rd T20I
India are well on their way to write history in New Zealand – the boys are just one win away from winning their first T20I Series in the country. After what can only be described as a sensational performance by the Men in Blue, they look more than primed now to win the third T20 match in Hamilton. The bookmakers have also shifted the odds dramatically in the favour of the Indian team. However, for the Black Caps, this now becomes a matter of pride and we can expect them to put up a heavy fight.
The visitors won the second 20-20 match by 7 wickets. New Zealand won the toss and opted to bat first but soon, they found themselves in a world of trouble. The Indian bowlers, fairly more disciplined this time around, restricted the hosts to a meager total of 132 runs. Williamson, Munro, and Guptill were all silenced by the likes of Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah.
In response, India achieved the target comfortably, with 15 balls to spare. Lokesh Rahul continued his superb run, scoring a handsome half-century while Iyer’s 44 off 33 balls played an important role too.
For the 3rd T20I, India will once again start as the heavy favourites. However, the conditions in Hamilton will be different from those in Auckland. Interestingly, the last time India played New Zealand at this venue was in last January in an ODI match. Chasing the hosts’ 280 runs, India were all bowled out for 92. Will it be the case this time around too? Time will tell.
India vs New Zealand Betting Tips & Odds: 2nd T20I
After winning the first T20 International by six wickets against New Zealand, Virat Kohli and his contingent will look to cement their position further in the upcoming 2nd T20 match. Not a lot has changed since Friday as the two teams are still meeting on the same turf in Auckland. The playing conditions remain pretty much the same, with the batting pitch likely to favour the in-form batting stars of the two sides.
The first match saw the Black Caps set a target of 204 runs, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson, and Colin Munro adding significantly to the score. In response, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli, and Shreyas Iyer found their stride against the Kiwis and took India to a comfortable win with 6 balls to spare.
The first match clearly tells us that both the teams are more than capable of batting and setting up a formidable score. With over 400 runs scored on day one, we can expect this match to go along the same lines. Granted that some work may be needed on the bowling front, it will not impact scoring chances of the two sides. Ultimately, it will come down to how the players are feeling on Sunday. An odd day for the batsmen in the attacking line-ups may very well spell trouble their team. Mentioned below are our predictions and odds for the 2nd T20I:
- Head to head speaking, India haven’t fared that well against the New Zealand team in the T20I format. In the 12 times the two sides have met on the pitch, New Zealand have won on 8 occasions, while the Indian side has managed just 3 wins.
- The two teams last met for a 3-match 20-20 series in New Zealand last February. The hosts, not-so-surprisingly, won the series 2-1.
- The visitors have never won a series in New Zealand, in this particular format.
- The five matches will be played across four different cities – Auckland (hosting two games), Wellington, Mount Maunganui, and Hamilton.
- In 2019, India lost only a handful of T20 International matches, two of which were against the Black Caps.
- The last meeting between the two teams came a little over a year ago in Hamilton, where New Zealand won by a narrow margin for 4 runs to seal the series.
Friday, January 24: 1st T20I, Eden Park, Auckland
Sunday, January 26: 2nd T20I, Eden Park, Auckland
Wednesday, January 29: 3rd T2oI, Seddon Park, Hamilton
Friday, January 31: 4th T20I, Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Sunday, February 2: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
India’s Recent Form
The Indian side is heading into this series after an impressive performance over Australia in the ODI format at home. After starting on a shaky note, Virat Kohli and Co. picked up the pace and took the series by 2-1, including the scintillating win in Bengaluru, just this past Sunday. Between then and now, the boys have had just five days of rest, which includes the travel to New Zealand, getting accustomed to the jet lag and the playing conditions.
Clearly, it may seem a bit hectic and to a certain extent, even slightly demanding for many players. However, given that the ICC T20 World Cup is set to take place later this year, the boys need to put in the efforts to get their form sorted and bring the trophy back home. Moreover, the conditions in New Zealand will put the players to test and demand the best from them.
Considering their form in the T20 format, the lads played host to West Indies in December, in a 3-match T20 Series that they won by 2-1. Before that, they played host to Bangladesh and ended up winning that series by 2-1 as well. In retrospect, these teams may be considered to be fairly weaker in comparison to the Black Caps, and hence, may not be a full measure of their success in the T20 format.
The following players have been selected to play against New Zealand in the upcoming series. The contingent will be led by Virat Kohli as usual.
T20I Squad: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Sanju Samson, KL Rahul (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Shivam Dube, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur
- The absence of Shikhar Dhawan in the opening order will definitely hurt the side, given his experience and average in the T20 format. He picked up an injury in the third ODI against Australia and has been ruled out for the entire New Zealand Tour.
- KL Rahul will himself filling Dhawan’s shoes, especially after a decent performance against the Aussies in the recent series.
- Kohli and Rohit Sharma will continue to dominate the batting order, in light of their outstanding batting stints in the last week.
- Washington Sundar and Ravindra Jadeja are the two all-rounder options that Kohli has at his disposal.
New Zealand’s Recent Form
The mood in the New Zealand dressing room is not good at the moment, considering the recent spanking they endured at the hands of Australia. Playing their neighbours in a 3-match test series, the Kiwis were routed 3-0, failing to salvage even a draw. But on the bright side, they can seen some consolation from their performance against England in the 5-match T20I Series in November.
The series technically ended in a 2-2 draw, with the decider won by England, courtesy of the one-over eliminator. If we are to consider their last T20 Series win, we’d have to go as far as September, when they defeated Sri Lanka by 2-1 as visitors.
In terms of playing time, New Zealand have had plenty of opportunities recently to field their T20 players and have them build their momentum for the World Cup. The key point here, however, is to consider the superiority that the Indian players hold in terms of experience and form. The situation is further exacerbated by the injuries of their top performers. With that, they will also need to shake off their rout to Australia and approach this home series with a fresh outlook.
New Zealand Squad
Kane Williamson (C), Hamish Bennett, Tom Bruce, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, Blair Tickner, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee.
- New Zealand’s main team will miss a lot of key players, all of whom have succumbed to injuries. The absence of Trent Boult, Matt Henry, and Lockie Ferguson means a severe dearth in the bowling line-up.
- The expectations will be high from Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor, both of whom have shown a proclivity for scoring runs.
- Kane Williamson will be playing in his first T20 after missing out on the series against England in November.
- Hamish Bennett has been called to the side after considering the absence of key players. Bennett, the 32-year-old left-handed seamer, hasn’t represented the Black Caps internationally in over two years.
India vs New Zealand Betting Tips
This is going to be a massive tournament for the two teams, but more so for the Kiwis. They will be eager to redeem themselves and retain their lead over India in the T20 format. But it will be a tricky job for them, considering their recent form, poor morale, and of course, the injury-stricken squad. In other words, it won’t be easy for the hosts to repeat the same feat as last year again.
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