India were back in business in the third game of this five match series but needed Virat Kohli to be at his best and hunt down New Zealand’s competitive total of 286. The Kiwis had recovered after an early batting collapse but the momentum is all with the home side heading in to the fourth ODI which takes place in Ranchi on Wednesday.
The series is still alive but India are clear favorites to take this game and the odds on the hosts currently stand at 1.40 with Bet365 and Betway. New Zealand have claimed a victory so won’t be written off just yet and the Kiwis are quoted in the result market at 3.00 with Bet365.
In order for New Zealand to stay in this series we will need a better performance from their top order. They only stayed alive in the third match thanks to the efforts of Jimmy Neesham and Matt Henry who put on 84 for the ninth wicket but we’ve seen little from Williamson, Guptill and Taylor – three key batters.
Improved contributions from those men could make a difference on Wednesday but once again, the smart money is on an Indian victory.
We’ve waited a while for Kohli since the Kiwis arrived in India but that blistering innings in the third game means that the test captain takes a clear lead in India’s top batsman market at 3.50 with Bet365. Rohit Sharma has now slipped slightly to 3.75 with Bet365 while Ajinkya Rahane, who has been in decent touch since New Zealand arrived here, is a good value prospect at his price of 4.50 with Bet365 once again.
For a value pick, look no further than MS Dhoni who made 80 from number 4 last time out. Dhoni is a little shorter as a result of that effort but still looks good at an excellent 8.00 with Bet365.
Any of those four men could give you the profit but while it was Kohli’s turn to get back in form at Chandigarh, I feel that Rohit Sharma is overdue and he looks a decent pick at that 3.75 figure.
Over in the New Zealand camp this is a tougher one to pick with unexpected winners such as Tom Latham who has given two profits in this series to date.
Latham becomes a shorter priced pick in the Kiwi’s market at odds of 4.50 with Bet365 while Kane Williamson starts as the favourite at 4.00 – also with Bet365.
Elsewhere, Ross Taylor made 44 in the previous game and goes off here at 6.00 with Bet365 while the value comes from Neesham at 11.00, Corey Anderson at 9.50 and Luke Ronchi at 10.00. Once again, those prices are with Bet365.
Latham is the only man showing any consistency in this series but another man who is overdue in terms of run scoring is Williamson and it could be his turn to shine in Ranchi.
Man of the Match betting is something we rarely touch on but there are some good prices to be found here and this is a market where Sharma and Kohli take the favourite’s position at the same odds of 8.00 with Bet365.
Rahane then follows at 10.00 with Bet365 while the first New Zealand name on this list is that of Kane Williamson who is listed at 11.00 with Bet365 once again.
There are plenty of other options but while I’m backing Rohit to deliver a big innings I’ll take a smaller punt on the same player at that figure of 8.00.
India had a ‘wake-up call’ with that defeat in the second match of this series but that emphatic win in the third game suggests to me that the hosts will close out the contest with victory on Wednesday.