They may be India’s reserves but this is a talented bunch of players who overcame the best of Zimbabwe to take a 1-0 lead in this three match series. The teams stay in Harare for Monday’s second match and that opening win has strengthened the tourists’ position as favourites.
Match Odds & Game Preview
A nine wicket victory with your second string side is a fine achievement against any country and we see no reason not to back India again at 1.25 with Bet365. Although the new ball pair will feel they were a little expensive, everything else was essentially perfect as they dismissed the hosts for 168.
Kulkarni, Sran and Bumrah will continue to perform well in these conditions while India’s top order have the quality to post beyond 300 if they bat first or need to chase anything down. The spinners – Patel and Chahal – kept it tight and as an overall unit they are simply too strong for their opponents.
On the occasions when Zimbabwe have upset the odds in the past, it’s usually been down to a supreme effort with the bat from one player but without Brendan Taylor and Sean Williams this is a much weaker side. There is some talent here but it’s hard to see the home team being competitive on the one day leg of this tour and maybe they will have some success in the T20s which tend to produce more shocks.
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Top Batsmen Betting Picks
We took a nice win on KL Rahul who opened up this series with an undefeated 100 and the RCB man starts here at 4.50 with Bet365 to return back to back profits. The more experienced Ambati Rayudu also found form in Saturday’s first match and he starts as favourite for this one at 4.00 with Bet365 once again.
Betting Pick: There may not be too much value down the order although MS Dhoni – at 6.50 with Bet365 – may need to move himself up the order in the event of a collapse. Elsewhere, Manish Pandey and Karun Nair will both attract some interest at the same figure of 5.0 – also with Bet365. It’s tempting to keep faith with Rahul but we’re switching to Rayudu for this one.
For Zimbabwe, Hamilton Masakadza used to be a good banker bet but a loss of form over the last 12 months or so leaves little value in his price of 3.75 with Bet365. Sean Williams may return for this tie and if he starts, we would be more interested in his odds of 4.00 with Bet365 again.
Meanwhile, Elton Chigumbura delivered another profit from the lower middle order and you would have to consider his price of 8.00 with Bet365.
Betting Pick: We’ll take Williams if he starts but will pass if he’s not in the final XI.
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Other Betting Tips
Another nice profit was collected when Jasprit Bumrah returned best Indian figures of 4-28 in Harare on Saturday. The seamer now becomes a clear favourite at 4.00 with Bet365 to do the same in Monday’s clash and while any of India’s bowling attack will threaten, we see no reason to look anywhere else.
Elsewhere, most sixes was another bet from Saturday’s match to drop in as we sided with India and even though there was only one maximum – from KL Rahul – in the entire match, it’s worth taking that again at a slightly shorter price of 1.44 with Bet365.
Betting Tip: This is a game where the best betting value lies away from the match result and there are some good prices in a choice of side markets. If, however, you like to be safer with your outlay then backing India seems the only sensible conclusion in a series where a weak Zimbabwe side is struggling to compete with the tourists’ next generation.
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 espncricinfo.com, Zimbabwe desperate for competitive finish, 2016