New Zealand v India: First T20i Odds and Betting Preview

By Matt Harris on February 4, 2019

With India having claimed the ODI leg of this tour, the teams now remain in Wellington for the first of three T20 internationals. The tourists dominated for much of that one day series, but New Zealand fought back once Virat Kohli had left the squad. Ultimately, however, India won the series by a margin of 4-1. For this T20 series, who do the 1st T20i odds for New Zealand v India favour?

We stay in Wellington now for the first match, which goes off on Wednesday.

What are the 1st T20i odds for New Zealand v India?

The unpredictable nature of T20 cricket means we have a tight market in places for Wednesday’s game. India will start as favourites at odds of 1.66 with Bet365. Meanwhile, for those taking a Satta on New Zealand, the same bookmaker has the hosts listed at 2.20.

India dominated the ODIs but also showed that they are not unbeatable as they went down in the fourth match. Anything can happen in the shortest form of the game. But India are looking stronger for this T20 leg and that recent form makes them the obvious pick.

Match Odds Summary: New Zealand: 2.20, India 1.66 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick).

What are the top batsman 1st T20i odds for New Zealand v India?

The stand-in skipper, Rohit Sharma, takes his customary place at the head of India’s top batsman market and you can pick him up at odds of 3.25 with Betway. Shikhar Dhawan follows at 4.00. Meanwhile, the returning Rishabh Pant is next on the list at 4.35.

Hardik Pandya returned with a late blitz in that final ODI and he can be picked up at a tempting 11.00. Other options for India here include Dinesh Karthik and MS Dhoni, who are both at 6.00.

New Zealand’s batting was largely disappointing in that ODI series but there are some seriously talented strikers in the side. The Kiwis’ version of the top batsman market is usually tough to call. Presently, it’s led by Kane Williamson and Colin Munro, who are both at 3.90.

Tim Seifert is at 6.00, and Daryl Mitchell quoted at 6.90. The standout price for us, however, is the 6.50 on the in-form Ross Taylor.

Taylor would be our pick for the Kiwis. Nevertheless, the overall tip on this match is for Rohit Sharma to top score for India. He’s a little short again at 3.25, but the profits here are usually split between Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan. So we’ll keep faith with the stand-in skipper.

Top Batsman Odds Summary: New Zealand: Williamson 3.90, Munro 3.90, Seifert 6.00, Taylor 6.50, Mitchell 6.90.

India: Rohit Sharma 3.25 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), Dhawan 4.00, Pant 4.35, Dhoni 6.90, Karthik 6.90, Hardik Pandya 11.00.

What are the Top Bowler 1st T20i odds for New Zealand v India?

We’ve opted for two favourites thus far so for our final Satta of the day, we need to find a little more value. India’s top bowler market shows an obvious leader with Kuldeep Yadav available at 3.70 with Betrally. He was in good form during the ODIs and is as short at 3.00 elsewhere. He will therefore receive many takers at that figure.

However, we’re going back to an old favourite of ours with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who looks particularly generous at odds of 5.00. Bhuvi isn’t always an automatic choice for India these days. And that’s perhaps why his price has drifted. But he, along with this talented bowling attack, has the ability to swing Wednesday’s game in the tourists’ favour.

India Top Bowler Odds Summary: Kuldeep Yadav 3.70 (Betrally), Siddarth Kaul 4.70, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 5.00 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), Khaleel Ahmed 5.50, Hardik Pandya 7.00.