Tables have turned in the ODI leg of the New Zealand v India cricket series. It’s rare for India to lose a series in any form of the game and it must be many years since the side has suffered a whitewash defeat. Virat Kohli’s men have, however, been outplayed by hosts New Zealand in the first two of these three ODIs.
We shouldn’t be surprised; the Kiwis were the outsiders but they reached a World Cup Final a few months ago and can compete against any team in the short formats. With a 2-0 lead, the home side are at Mount Maunganui for Tuesday’s final fixture. Can they complete that 3-0 whitewash or will India pick up a consolation victory?
What are the cricket odds for New Zealand v India?
Despite consecutive losses, India remain as hot favourites for Tuesday at odds of 1.61 with Bet365. That figure leaves New Zealand as the outside Satta and there will be plenty of interest in the hosts at 2.37 with Betway.
Perhaps India are missing Rohit Sharma’s influence at the top of the order. The makeshift opening pair of Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw are very much the future of Indian cricket but they’ve struggled to make an impact on this series so far. India should avoid the whitewash but it will need a more positive contribution from those openers and a big, three-figure score from one of the senior batsmen in the middle order.
Match Odds Summary
New Zealand 2.37, India 1.61 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick)
What are the Top Batsman Odds for New Zealand v India?
Who will come through and make that winning contribution for the tourists? Virat Kohli leads India’s top batsman market and you can claim the skipper at 3.40 with Bet365. Shreyas Iyer passed fifty in Auckland on Saturday and he follows at 4.50 while Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal can both be picked up at 5.00.
KL Rahul has had a quiet series so far but he could be a value Satta at 5.50. Other potential Indian picks include Manish Pandey at 9.50, Kedar Jadhav at 15.00 and Ravindra Jadeja at 26.00.
New Zealand could be even stronger on Tuesday thanks to the expected return of Kane Williamson. The skipper sat out the first two ODIs but he’s resumed as the favourite to score most Kiwi runs at 3.75. Ross Taylor follows at 4.00 while Martin Guptill, who top scored with 79 in Auckland, looks tempting at 5.00.
Henry Nicholls is also available at 5.00 while other New Zealand batters include Tom Latham and Tom Blundell who are both at 6.50. For outside value, you may want to consider Jimmy Neesham at 12.00 and Colin De Grandhomme at 15.00.
If India are to win the game, they may well need Virat Kohli to step up and make the biggest contribution. The Captain could be an obvious pick but we like those odds of 5.50 next to the name of KL Rahul.
Rahul was in fine touch during the T20 series and, while he’s batting down the order in the One Dayers, the inexperience at the top suggests he’ll have enough time to deliver a profit.
Top Batsman Odds Summary
India: Kohli 3.40, Iyer 4.50, Shaw 5.00, Agarwal 5.00, Rahul 5.50 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Pandey 9.50, Jadhav 15.00, Jadeja 26.00
New Zealand: Williamson 3.75, Taylor 4.00, Guptill 5.00, Nicholls 5.00, Latham 6.50, Blundell 6.50, Neesham 12.00, De Grandhomme 15.00
What are the man of the match odds for New Zealand v India?
As we were close to tipping Virat Kohli in the previous section, we’ll finish this series by taking the skipper in the Man of the Match betting. At odds of 7.00 with Bet365, he starts as a clear favourite but, with a big innings and some shrewd captaincy, that price would be enough to deliver an overall profit for this final ODI.
We’ll list some alternatives but Kohli for the Man of the Match medal looks a likely option at reasonable odds.
Man of the Match Odds Summary
Kohli 7.00 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Rahul 10.00, Williamson 11.00, Guptill 11.00, Bumrah 13.00, Iyer 13.00