New Zealand Could Boost Their World Cup Odds With Two Wins

By Dhanu Delphi on June 12, 2019

If you are a cricket bettor and don’t have money on New Zealand going all the way, you might want to place your bet quickly on the Kiwis as they have odds of 8/1 on most sports books. This means if you put down $10 on the Kiwis as of now to win the 2019 ICC World Cup, you could walk away with $80 – those are great odds.

Kiwis Have Always Been Underrated

The Kiwis have always been underrated side because everyone expects the big guns in England, Australia and India to win. However, take a look at the ICC points table. You will find New Zealand sitting right at the top with 6 points. They also lead the table both in terms of points and run rate.

The Kiwis have a +2.163 net run rate. Meanwhile, England, who are in second place with four points, have a net run rate of +1.307. While it is still early days in the tournament, it makes good betting sense to put some money down on the Kiwis when they have World Cup odds that pay out well for now.

Next Couple Of Matches Could Change Odds Quickly

If Kiwis win their next couple of games, the odds are likely to change quickly in their favour. Their next game is on 13 June, when they will take on India and they will go on to play South Africa on 19 June. Impressive wins over India and South Africa will no doubt ensure they will be one of the four semi final teams.

Keys To Win Against India

The Kiwis already had an impressive win against India during the warm-up games leading into the World Cup. Team India will want to brush off that loss as it was nothing more than a practice game. But given the fact that they were completely outplayed by the Kiwis, they will have a few concerns on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Kiwis know that this will be one of their toughest challenges. After all, India will want to show that the warm-up loss was nothing but a fluke. India has odds of 1.43 for a win, while the Kiwis have odds of 2.75.

– Pace

New Zealand bowlers blew away India by their pace and skill. T Boult, M Henry and L Ferguson will once again look to bowl fast and make inroads into that Indian batting lineup. If they are going to register an impressive win they must do one of two things. Either get India out, or restrict them to below 300.

– Power

New Zealand have some of the best power hitters at the top of the order with M Guptill and C Munro opening the batting. If any one of them has a good day against the Indians, the Kiwis will notch up a big score. If both of them have a good day, it will dent the confidence of the Indians big time. The Kiwis also have power hitters towards the end of the innings with C Grandhomme and M Santner ready to swing the willow!

Keys To Win Against South Africa

This should be a much easier match for New Zealand. South Africa currently sit in 9th place. They also don’t look anything like the powerful and confident South African teams we have been used to seeing at World Cup tournaments.

– Get Early Wickets

The South African batting lineup has failed miserably. It will subsequently be good if the Kiwis get them to bat first and then fire away at this batting lineup. The key will be to get early wickets and put the Proteas under pressure again.

– Build Partnerships

New Zealand must try and not lose early wickets against Rabada and Ngidi, the latter of whom is expected to return. The key is to build partnerships against the Proteas. They must also win impressively so that their net run rate can improve even further.