India Loses Warm-Up Match by Six Wickets
The Indian cricket team played against New Zealand in their first warm-up match ahead of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. While most cricket bettors and fans would have expected an easy win for India, it was not to be. New Zealand beat the Indian cricket team by six wickets.
India won the toss, and chose to bat first. The team reached a total of 179 all out in 39.2 overs. New Zealand had to reach a very attainable target of 180. The New Zealand cricket team won the warm-up match with 180/4 in 37.1 overs.
Sachin Says No Need to Panic
There is some concern that New Zealand beat India by such a large margin at The Oval in London. Sachin Tendulkar, the Indian cricket legend, said that there is no need to panic about the warm-up game loss. He said that the warm-up matches give teams the chance to try out various combinations ahead of the main tournament.
Sachin commented: “I feel they need to just settle down. One or two games, in a tournament like the World Cup, can go the other way. During warm-up games, India just needs to assess the playing conditions thoroughly, and make full use of it during the tournament. So I will not panic at the moment.”
The cricket legend also noted that he has no plans to judge the Indian cricket team after each game. He explained that things happen during the course of a tournament. In addition to this, the warm-up match is not part of the tournament. Sachin mentioned the possibility that teams can also play different lineups on purpose thereby keeping their starting XI secret.
“Most of the teams do not want to expose their proper starting XI, and have rested their key bowlers and batsmen during the warm-up games. At the same time, they are also trying out different combinations to ascertain what players can prove helpful in different playing conditions.”
In addition to this, Sachin suggested we keep an eye on Afghanistan. The team may currently have the worst World Cup betting odds when it comes to a win in the tournament. Afghanistan’s Bet365 odds are currently at 101.00 for an outright win. Afghanistan beat Pakistan in their warm-up match. The team has excellent spin bowlers in their lineup.
Next Indian Cricket Team Warm-Up Match
On Tuesday, 28th May, 2019, India will meet Bangladesh in Cardiff in their second warm-up match. New Zealand’s next warm-up match takes place in Bristol against the West Indies.
Despite the team’s loss in their first warm-up match, India is still the obvious favourite in their match against Bangladesh. Odds on India winning are 1.28, while odds on Bangladesh winning are 3.75 at Bet365.
As for betting on the chance of the Indian team winning outright, in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, Bet365 odds stand at 3.75. New Zealand has odds of 10.00 on a World Cup win. Bangladesh is not likely to win, showing odds of 81.00. England is still the favourite with odds set at 2.87.
The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup event begins on 30th May, 2019.