India finally overcame their issues against a New Zealand side in the shortest format with a resounding win in Delhi on Wednesday. The Kiwis had been dominant over these opponents in T20 cricket although admittedly the teams hadn’t exactly played too many games ahead of this series.
Virat Kohli’s men now have the chance to continue that run and close out this three game series as the teams head to Rajkot for Saturday’s second fixture.
The odds are almost exactly the same as they were for the match in Delhi but you can get a marginally better top win price on India of 1.44 with Betfair. New Zealand are unchanged however and the tourists are available at best odds of 3.00 with Bet365 and Betway.
Much has been made of the Kiwis’ poor fielding and it’s true that they could have got rid of both openers early. Dropped catches also aided India later on but that shouldn’t mask a strong performance from the home side with bat and ball.
We feel that New Zealand should win one game in this series but based on immediate form and the emphatic nature of that opening victory, we’re sticking with India for now.
Match Odds Summary: India 1.44 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick), New Zealand 3.00 (Bet365).
Both of those openers –Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan – made 80 on Wednesday and as we’d tipped Dhawan we took a small return under Dead Heat rules. Nobody else had a chance to overtake them but for Saturday’s game, Virat Kohli remains favourite to top score for his side at best odds of 4.00 with Betfair.
Sharma and Dhawan both remain at 4.33 with Bet365 while Shreyas Iyer, who didn’t make it to the crease, is at a tempting 7.00 with Betfair. MS Dhoni at a best of 13.00 with Betfair and Hardik Pandya at a seriously good top price of 18.00 with Betfair provide the value but it’s a tough pick as always.
It’s between Kohli, Sharma and Dhawan for us but as Rohit has hit top form we’ll stay with the right handed opener.
For New Zealand, Tom Latham came through with the profit for some punters with 39 and the wicket keeper starts at best odds of 7.00 with Bet365 ahead of the Delhi game. Kane Williamson remains the favourite in the Kiwis’ top batsman market at a best price of 3.75 with Bet365 while dangerous opener Martin Guptill is quoted at 3.80 with Betway.
We really expect Guptill to deliver at some point on this tour and he is our preference but we’ll just stake on Rohit for Saturday’s game.
Top Batsman Odds Summary: India: Kohli 4.00 (Betfair), Sharma 4.33 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Dhawan 4.33 (Bet365), Iyer 7.00 (Betfair), Dhoni 13.00 (Betfair), Pandya 18.00 (Betfair).
New Zealand: Williamson 3.75 (Bet365), Guptill 3.80 (Betway), Munro 6.00 (Bet365), Latham 7.00 (Bet365), Nicholls 10.00 (Betway).
Other Side Bets
Spin led the way for both bowling attacks in Delhi and if that trend continues then we could have some good value in the top bowler markets for Rajkot. For India, seamer Jasprit Bumrah is the favourite to return best figures for his side at 4.00 with Bet365 and then there is a host of players available at 4.50. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel can all be picked up at 4.50 with Bet365 and Betfair but we’ll opt for the impressive Chahal who has been consistent since earning an international call up.
India Top Bowler Odds Summary: Bumrah 4.00 (Bet365), Chahal 4.50 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Patel 4.50 (Bet365), Kumar 4.50 (Bet365).
New Zealand’s bowlers look unthreatening on this tour so they really are relying on their batters. With most of their key batsmen out of form, we’ll keep backing India for now and although Williamson, Guptill and others can yet deliver, we’ll wait until the final game of this series which is played next Tuesday.