As these two sides head to Pune for Wednesday’s second match, few would have expected New Zealand to hold the advantage at this stage. It’s a bit of a transitional period for the Kiwis with some experienced players announcing their international retirement and while any NZ side can be dangerous, they just looked to be lacking a bit of depth.
A partnership of exactly 200 between Tom Latham and Ross Taylor effectively took that opener and with only three games in this series, India now need a win.
Despite that reverse, India remain comfortable favourites to take the second ODI and you can back Kohli’s men at odds of 1.40 with Bet365. After that win, New Zealand may be a good option for the neutral punter and we find Kane Williamson’s men at a top price of 3.40 with Betfair.
While there is definite value in the outsiders, those prices do reflect the relative qualities of these two sides with India retaining the stronger of the two line ups. They now know that Taylor and Latham are key wickets but had they got either of those two cheaply, the inexperienced middle order would have been under huge pressure.
I expect India to show more urgency with the bat too and return a better all-round performance that should set this series up nicely at 1-1.
Match Odds Summary: India 1.40 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), New Zealand 3.40 (Betfair).
Kohli was the lone star in an otherwise subdued Indian performance and it’s therefore no surprise to find the skipper as a very short favourite to top score for his team on Wednesday. The Captain can be picked up at 3.50 with Bet365.
Rohit Sharma also shortens slightly to 4.00 with Bet365 while Shikhar Dhawan remains at his figure of 4.33 – also with Bet365. One change to consider would be that of Ajinkya Rahane who could come in for Jadhav. Rahane is at best odds of 6.50 with Bet365 while the lower order value comes from MS Dhoni at 10.00 and Hardik Pandya at 11.00. Once again, those two prices are with Bet365.
For New Zealand, Kane Williamson had a slow start to the series but the skipper remains favourite in his side’s version of the top batsman market. Williamson starts at 3.75 with Bet365 while Martin Guptill follows at 4.50 with Bet365 again.
Attention will surely fall on the Kiwi’s middle order and after that 200 run stand, you can pick up Ross Taylor at best odds of 5.00 with Bet365 or Tom Latham at an excellent top price of 7.00 with Bet365 yet again.
We’ll stick with our preferences from Mumbai here with Williamson hopefully delivering for NZ while Rohit Sharma is our overall pick from the two markets.
Top Batsman Odds Summary: India: Kohli 3.50 (Bet365), Sharma 4.00 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Dhawan 4.33 (Bet365), Rahane 6.50 (Bet365), Dhoni 10.00 (Bet365), Pandya 11.00 (Bet365).
New Zealand: Williamson 3.75 (Bet365), Guptill 4.50 (Bet365), Munro 5.00 (Bet365), Taylor 5.00 (Bet365), Latham 7.00 (Bet365).
Other Side Bets
We’d avoided the individual century bet last time out as it looked a little short but with two tons, one on either side, and Ross Taylor coming so close to adding a third, it could be the obvious option this time. For Wednesday’s game in Pune, Bet365 are quoting 1.61 on any player from either side going past three figures in this match.
That may look a little tight once again but when we consider that we had two centurions and a score in the 90s in a match where the team totals were relatively small, that should set us up nicely for some big scores for the rest of the series.
Will a Player score a Hundred Odds Summary: Yes 1.61 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), No 2.20 (Bet365).
One reason for that tip is that we expect India to raise it another level and perform better with the bat. They know they have to score big to keep in this series and if the Pune surface is helpful, the home side’s batters should be key to making it 1-1.