The hosts continued to dominate this series with a comfortable victory in the second test and although New Zealand have looked competitive at times, the tourists just can’t sustain their form across five days. The teams now head to Indore for what is effectively a dead rubber but there will be no end to the Kiwis’ ‘trial by spin’.
The third test starts on Saturday and there are no surprises at all in this result market where India are clear favourites for the win at 1.63 with 888Sport. The draw follows at 3.15 with 888Sport again while an unlikely victory for New Zealand comes in at 9.00 with Bet365.
There’s little to really discuss here: India have lost Bhuvneshwar Kumar from their attack while the tourists’ batting is set to be reinforced with the return of skipper Kane Williamson but as long as Ashwin and Jadeja stay fit, it’s hard to see how the visitors can get anything from this game.
I also mentioned that in terms of the series this is a dead game but with India just hitting number one in the test rankings, there will be no easing up from Kohli’s men. Take the favourites at 1.63 if you like to see a small return.
Williamson’s return after the illness that forced him to miss the first test will undoubtedly make New Zealand that little bit stronger and if nothing else, the skipper looks a good option to top score for his side on first innings.
Williamson goes off at 3.50 with Bet365 in New Zealand’s top batsman market and on their showings in the previous two tests, there aren’t too many alternatives. Tom Latham is priced at 5.00 with Bet365 while Ross Taylor, who made 36 in Kolkata, will tempt some at 5.50 with 888Sport.
The fact that Jeetan Patel took this market in the second test shows how unpredictable this can be but with Williamson back, it should be a more settled start at least and I’m backing the skipper here.
India’s version of this market has also been a little unpredictable with Virat Kohli not at his best on first innings but the Captain remains an obvious favourite at 3.75 with 888Sport. Cheteshwar Pujara was one of my joint picks from the previous game and after delivering a profit there, he sits at odds of 4.50 with Bet365.
India are also expected to make a change with Gautam Gambhir waiting to take over from Shikhar Dhawan and he starts at 6.00 with 888Sport while the in-form Ajinkya Rahane is further back at 6.50 with Bet365.
There is some value here but once again, Pujara and Kohli seem the better options for this market.
Having seen a lot of Jeetan Patel in England I was surprised to see how little affect he had on the second test. Patel goes off at 4.50 with 888Sport to return best first innings bowling figures for the Kiwis but it seems clear that the bowlers are giving better options.
Trent Boult at 4.33 with Bet365 is an option but the impressive Matt Henry is my pick at 4.50 with Bet365 once again.
For India, it really is the Ashwin and Jadeja show with the former as short as 2.62 with Bet365 to return best first innings figures. That may well be the right call although Jadeja offers the better value at 3.40 – also with Bet365.
Over five days and on these surfaces, New Zealand just don’t seem to have an answer to this spin attack so, expect another Indian victory but there are some good value selections here from around the side markets.