India v New Zealand: 1st T20 Odds and Betting Preview

After a thrilling One Day International series in which India came from behind to seal a 2-1 victory over the touring Kiwis, the teams will now play three T20is, the first of which goes off in Delhi on Wednesday.

We’ve seen how competitive New Zealand can be, even without Brendon McCullum and other limited overs specialists such as Luke Ronchi and Grant Elliott and they could be a real threat in the shorter form.

Match Odds

India remain firm favourites for this first T20 and you can currently back the home side at 1.40 for the win with Bet365 and Betfair. That figure leaves New Zealand as the outsiders at odds of 3.00 with Bet365 and Betway.

Both squads will feature some new faces for this leg of the tour and for New Zealand we could see leg spinner Ish Sodhi play more of a role in the T20s. He was part of the Notts Outlaws squad that won the Nat West Blast in England and is a wicket taker but can be expensive at times.

For India, it will be interesting to see if Shreyas Iyer gets involved after warming up with a Ranji Trophy century while KL Rahul returns after missing the ODIs.

The balance of the two sides would tend to point to another Indian victory but it’s perhaps surprising that the Kiwis are some way back at 3.00 for the win. In the shorter format, they should be more of a threat than they were in the 50 over game and while we expect them to claim at least one match, we’ll opt for India for the opener.

Match Odds Summary: India 1.40 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick) New Zealand 3.00 (Bet365).

Top Batsmen

Having backed Rohit Sharma for the first two ODIs we overlooked the opener as he made a big ton in Kanpur. That was bad luck but we could perhaps make up for that by backing Rohit to score most Indian runs in Delhi at best odds of 4.33 with Bet365 and Betway.

Virat Kohli starts as the favourite here at a top price of 3.75 with Bet365 while Shikhar Dhawan can also be found at that 4.33 price with Bet365 and Betway.

From there, selection is not too clear with Iyer at 6.00 with Betfair and Rahul at 6.00 with Bet365 and Betway both looking for a start. Meanwhile, the value here, as it often does, comes from MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya who are priced at 11.00, both with Bet365.

Moving across to New Zealand and we’ve yet to see the best of Martin Guptill who was disappointing in the ODIs. The opener looks a little short now at 3.75 with Bet365 and you can also get that price of 3.75 on Kane Williamson with Bet365 once again.

Other options for the Kiwis include Glenn Phillips at 5.50, Colin Munro at 6.00 and Henry Nicholls at 6.00 – once again, all of those prices are with Bet365.

We feel it’s time for Guptill to shine in this game but are not impressed with that 3.75 figure so Shikhar Dhawan is our overall tip from these two sets of markets.

Top Batsman Odds Summary: India: Kohli 3.75 (Bet365), Sharma 4.33 (Bet365), Dhawan 4.33 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Iyer 6.00 (Betfair), Rahul 6.00 (Bet365), Pandya 11.00 (Bet365), Dhoni 11.00 (Bet365).           

New Zealand: Guptill 3.75 (Bet365), Williamson 3.75 (Bet365), Phillips 5.50 (Bet365), Munro 6.00 (Bet365), Nicholls 6.00 (Bet365).

Other Side Bets

We’ve mentioned New Zealand’s threat right from the start of this tour and one bet we think they can land here comes in the most sixes market. India are hot favourites here at 1.80 with Bet365 but there’s good value in the Kiwis for this game and they could be worth a small wager at their price of 2.40 with Bet365 again.

Most Sixes Odds Summary: India 1.80 (Bet365), New Zealand 2.40 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), The Tie 8.00 (Bet365).