We expected a competitive New Zealand v India series but after the visitors chased down 203 to win the opening match, the second game proved to be far more comfortable for the tourists. On Sunday, New Zealand set just 132/5 leaving Virat Kohli’s men to coast home with 15 balls to spare.
The teams have little time to regroup in this five match series. We now head down to Hamilton for the third game on Wednesday.
What are the cricket odds for New Zealand v India?
Two wins in succession leaves India as hot favourites to make it three in a row. The match odds are unchanged ahead of Wednesday’s toss. The visitors can be claimed at odds of 1.50 with Betway. New Zealand are the outside Satta at 2.62.
Sunday’s poor batting performance is a concern for Kiwi fans who would have hoped for a closer series result. Credit has to be given to India’s bowlers who kept the run rate down. New Zealand’s strong batting line up, however, should be targeting higher scores.
We now suspect that we are looking at a 4-1 series win in favour of India and we expect that momentum to continue in Hamilton. Batsmen are in good touch while the bowlers, including a rejuvenated Jasprit Bumrah, are looking too good for a subdued home side.
Match Odds Summary
New Zealand 2.62, India 1.50 (Betway – Editor’s Pick)
What are the top batsman odds for New Zealand v India?
We successfully backed KL Rahul to top score last time out. The opener’s unbeaten 57 guided India’s comfortable run chase. Rahul has become a genuine and consistent contender in India’s top batsman markets. For Wednesday, he’s available at odds of 4.00 with Bet365. Virat Kohli starts as the favourite at 3.60 while Rohit Sharma is just behind at 3.75.
Rahul was assisted by Shreyas Iyer who is enjoying a productive series and can be claimed at 6.00 while other picks for India include Rishabh Pant at 7.00, Manish Pandey at 12.00 and Shivam Dube at 13.00.
New Zealand’s top score on Sunday was 33 and that was a mark reached by both Martin Guptill and Tim Seifert. The Kiwis will be hoping for individual improvements in Hamilton with Guptill and Kane Williamson starting as joint favourites at 4.00.
Colin Munro is next on the list at 4.33 while Ross Taylor has drifted to a tempting price of 6.00. Taylor could be the best value Satta of the match. You could also take a look at Tom Bruce at 6.50, Colin De Grandhomme at 7.50 and Tim Seifert at 10.00.
The better value could lie in the New Zealand camp but if you want to stay faithful to an Indian batsman, we would suggest taking a look at Rohit Sharma. The opener hasn’t enjoyed the best of series but we know that he won’t be out of form for too long. Our second Satta of the day relies on Rohit to make the biggest contribution for the away side.
Top Batsman Odds Summary
New Zealand: Williamson 4.00, Guptill 4.00, Munro 4.33, Taylor 6.00, Bruce 6.50, De Grandhomme 7.50, Seifert 10.00
India: Kohli 3.60, Sharma 3.75 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Rahul 4.00, Iyer 6.00, Pant 7.00, Pandey 12.00, Dube 13.00
What are the top bowler odds for New Zealand v India?
Six bowlers were used by India in Sunday’s win and the wickets were shared around. The reliable Ravindra Jadeja returned best figures of 2-18 and he should always be taken seriously in India’s top bowler markets.
For Wednesday in Hamilton, Jadeja could offer some excellent value at odds of 6.00 in India’s latest top bowler betting. That price will attract interest but we’ll opt for his spin partner Yuzvendra Chahal at 4.33 with Bet365. The leg spinner went wicketless in Auckland but, just like Rohit Sharma with the bat, we’re expecting him to respond.
India Top Bowler Odds Summary
Bumrah 3.50, Chahal 4.33 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Kuldeep 4.50, Shami 5.00, Thakur 5.00, Jadeja 6.00