The New Zealand v India series may have been decided after just three games but the entertainment remains. Two Super Overs in as many matches has left India with a 4-0 lead. With just one more fixture to play, these sides have one more chance to serve up a thriller!
Sunday is the date for this fifth and final game. The setting is Mount Maunganui; let’s see if we can take some final profits in what has been a productive series overall.
What are the cricket odds for New Zealand v India?
We had tipped New Zealand to win in Wellington and with a run a ball needed off the last three overs, they really should have got there. Sometimes, talented sides just can’t get over the line. That’s a worry for Kiwi supporters in a T20 World Cup year.
Sometimes, when a series is lost, a side can relax and play the better cricket. That appeared to be the case with New Zealand on Friday but having managed to lose, we can’t see the Kiwis picking themselves up from here. Our final match Satta of the series, therefore, has to go on an Indian victory.
Match Odds Summary
New Zealand: 2.30, India: 1.61 (Betway – Editor’s Pick)
What are the top batsman odds for New Zealand v India?
Manish Pandey’s half century helped India to a defendable total of 165/8 in Wellington and his innings showed the depth of batting in the tourists’ squad. Ahead of Sunday’s match, Pandey can be backed at odds of 5.50 in India’s top batsman market while Virat Kohli starts as favourite at 3.50. Both of those prices are with Bet365 who are the only one of our recommended bookmakers to have published top batsman odds so far.
Rohit Sharma is close behind at 3.75 while other picks for India include KL Rahul at 4.00, Sanju Samson at 4.50 and Shreyas Iyer at 5.00.
For New Zealand, Colin Munro’s 64 and Tim Seifert’s 57 saw the hosts tie at 165/7 after 20 overs in Wellington. For Sunday, however, Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson start as joint favourites at 4.00. Munro follows on at 4.33 while Seifert’s effort sees him come in to 4.50.
We feel that Martin Guptill may be due the biggest contribution but there are other options for New Zealand including Ross Taylor at 5.00, Tom Bruce at 6.00 and Colin De Grandhomme at 9.00.
India have more options in this series with Pandey and Iyer finding form but the most consistent batsman right now is KL Rahul. The opener made an important 39 again at the top of the order and his ability to keep wicket allows the selectors to add more batting options.
He’s impressed us and our Satta for Mount Maunganui goes to Rahul who remains a value pick at 4.00.
Top Batsman Odds Summary
New Zealand: Guptill 4.00, Williamson 4.00, Munro 4.33, Seifert 4.50, Taylor 5.00, Bruce 6.00, De Grandhomme 9.00
India: Kohli 3.50, Sharma 3.75, Rahul 4.00 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Samson 4.50, Iyer 5.00, Pandey 5.50
What are the most sixes odds for New Zealand v India?
Bet365 were offering odds of 13.00 on a Super Over ahead of Friday’s game and clearly they were worth taking. We’ve had a profitable series overall and will therefore look to keep it simple with our final pick.
New Zealand claimed the most sixes profits on Friday with six maximums to India’s three. They have now become favourites in this particular market at 1.90 with Betway. We are, however, expecting a more dominant performance from India and, having drifted to 2.30 with Bet365, Kohli’s men offer some top value to close out this entertaining T20 series.
Most Sixes Odds Summary
New Zealand 1.90, India 2.30 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), The Tie 7.50