India’s hectic international schedule continues with the visit of a New Zealand side who can be a test for any nation in the limited overs arena. The tour will take in three T20is preceded by three ODIs and the first of these goes off in Mumbai on Sunday so what do the bookies make of it all?
Only the weather prevented India from continuing a perfect run of series wins as they drew Australia’s T20 leg with a 1-1 scoreline but their dominance over the last few months sees them start as hot favourites here at best odds of 1.36 with Betfair.
Anyone looking to back New Zealand can do so at 3.50 with Bet365 and Betway but can the tourists cause an upset? They do have dangerous hitters with Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill the key men but they have struggled since the retirement of Brendon McCullum and, to a lesser extent, the absence of Grant Elliott and Luke Ronchi could also have an effect.
We expect the Kiwis to pick up a win on the T20 leg but over the longer ODI format, India should begin with a comfortably victory.
Match Odds Summary: India 1.36 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick), New Zealand 3.50 (Bet365).
There has been some discussion over India’s selection but essentially they are at full strength coming into this first game. The hosts’ top batsman market is therefore a predictable one and it is led by Virat Kohli at best odds of 3.75 with Bet365. Rohit Sharma follows at a top price of 4.33 with Betfair while Shikhar Dhawan can also be picked up at 4.33 with Bet365 and Betfair.
Outside options for India include Hardik Pandya who is really starting to break through at international level with the bat and he can be found at an excellent top price of 15.00 with Betfair. Meanwhile, you can never rule out MS Dhoni who is available at 10.00 with Bet365.
Moving across to New Zealand’s version of this market and Kane Williamson leads the way here at best odds of 3.75 with Bet365. Martin Guptill is close behind at 4.00 with Bet365 again while Colin Munro and Ross Taylor are both available at 5.00 – also with Bet365.
With a number of recent retirements, it’s tricky to pick out the value in this Kiwi line up but look out for the dangerous Henry Nicholls who is quoted at 8.00 with Bet365. Williamson is our preference but Rohit Sharma is our overall tip from the two markets. However, you may want to take a smaller wager on Pandya while those excellent odds of 15.00 are still available.
Top Batsman Odds Summary: India: Kohli 3.75 (Bet365), Sharma 4.33 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick), Dhawan 4.33 (Bet365), Rahane 6.50 (Bet365), Dhoni 10.00 (Bet365), Pandya 15.00 (Betfair).
New Zealand: Williamson 3.75 (Bet365), Guptill 4.00 (Bet365), Munro 5.00 (Bet365), Taylor 5.00 (Bet365), Nicholls 8.00 (Bet365).
Other Side Bets
The individual century bet can often be profitable across most ODI series and for Sunday’s game you can pick this up at odds of 1.61 with Bet365. We sometimes skip the first game of the series until we get a feel for batsmen’s form and that does look to be a little short.
Instead, we’ll switch to Most Sixes which has some value and starts with India who are favourites at 1.90 with Bet365. That’s a decent option and one that gives you a little more value than the straight result and while there are power hitters in the New Zealand camp, we’ll add that to the slip.
Most Sixes Odds Summary: India 1.90 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), New Zealand 2.25 (Bet365), The Tie 8.00 (Betfair).
New Zealand can be competitive as we saw at the last ODI World Cup but they are rebuilding that side and with India at full strength, we’ll back the hosts to claim the opener in Mumbai.