This New Zealand tour of India is getting embarrassingly one-sided and the hosts had no problems chasing down a sub-par total in the first ODI. The two teams now head to Delhi for the second game on Thursday but can the Kiwis salvage anything from this particular series?
The bookies aren’t giving the tourists much hope here with India starting as obvious favourites at odds of 1.40 with Bet365 and 888Sport. They didn’t have the spin of Ashwin and Jadeja but the home side didn’t need them as the wickets were shared around this limited overs attack.
And that’s where the real worry lies for the Kiwis who haven’t looked comfortable against anyone so far. Whether it’s seam or spin, there has been very little fight, aside from isolated efforts such as those of Tom Latham, who carried his bat in Dharamsala.
New Zealand are priced at 3.00 with Bet365 to take a series levelling victory and to be honest, that looks a little short.
We’ll come back to the result in a while but for better prices, it’s across to the top batsman betting where Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are the joint favourites to score most Indian runs at 3.75 with Bet365. Of the two, Kohli is the man in form and the one likely to pose the bigger threat after his undefeated 85 guided India to an easy win. Sharma, in contrast, made just 14 but they are obvious favourites here.
Elsewhere, prices are very slow to come in from the bookies but Ajinkya Rahane has carried over his good form from the end of the test series and will tempt many in this market at 4.50 with Bet365. Value picks include MS Dhoni at 9.00 with Bet365 and Manish Pandey at 7.00 with Bet365 but once Kohli finds early form he tends to keep it so I’m backing him at that 3.75 figure.
For New Zealand, I would have normally avoided Tom Latham but his more patient approach proved to be just what was needed after the Kiwis had collapsed to 65-7. Latham goes off ahead of the Delhi game at 5.00 with Bet365, behind the joint favourites Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill who are both listed at 4.00 with Bet365 once again.
Longer priced options include the dangerous Corey Anderson at 9.00 with Bet365 and Jimmy Neesham at 12.00 with Bet365. I’m undecided to an extent – Kane Williamson will be my tip but is one of the world’s best batters struggling now that he has been handed the captaincy?
The first ODI at the weekend suggested that India’s top bowler betting may be a little tough to call as the wickets were spread around the six-man attack. Hardik Pandya returned the best figures at 3-31 and he is likely to go off at around 3.00.
Unfortunately there are no odds in for this market but Amit Mishra would be my tip here if you can get around the 4.00 mark with Bet365.
As an alternative punt, New Zealand to hit the most sixes at 2.20 is an option worth considering. OK so they are way behind India in terms of winning the game but they struck four maximums in that weak total of 190 and given more time at the crease I think they will take the market this time.
However, it’s really hard to see anything other than an Indian win in Delhi on Thursday. Whether it’s seam or whether it’s spin, New Zealand’s batters don’t seem to have an answer right now so back the home side to make it 2-0 with another victory.