The first one day international in the three-match series between India and New Zealand will be held at Wanghade Stadium in Mumbai on this Sunday. India will surely start favorites, after scoring convincing series wins over Australia at home and Sri Lanka away. New Zealand usually struggles in Indian conditions. However, this is winter time and perhaps best suited for the Kiwis to pull off a surprise. It is better to go safe and back India for cricket betting. The first match should reveal how far New Zealand can go in the series.
Preview – India
India have largely stuck with the team that played against Australia. One notable omission is KL Rahul, who has not really captured his stupendous form after coming back from the injury. Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami too have been left out of the squad. And there is no place still for Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin.
Still, India’s core strength – their batting – remains intact. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan usually feast on friendly bowling, like what the New Zealand have at the moment. Virat Kohli can be a phenomenon in India. Kedar Jadhav and Manish Pandey can turn a match on its head on their day. Then there are MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya. India do have an explosive batting order, especially for home conditions.
India’s fast bowlers have grown in confidence over the last year or so. However, the New Zealand batsmen could find India’s wris-spinning duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav more difficult to handle. Their excellent recent form really tilt the cricket betting balance in India’s favor.
Preview – New Zealand
The biggest plus factor for New Zealand is their skipper Kane Williamson. He is unfazed even under extreme pressure and is not over-awed by reputation. He would understand that man for man his squad is inferior to Indian team, considering the playing conditions. Still, he will look forward to find a way to sneak in a win. He is also the best equipped batsman in his squad to counter the Indian spinners.
Ross Taylor was in fine form in the practice matches, so was Tom Latham. That could ease the burden on Williamson’s shouders. He would also hope that Martin Guptill would come good too. He can score big hundreds and hit the big sixes. New Zealand have an efficient assortment of all-rounders: Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner and George Worker. Almost all their fast bowlers are experienced too. Still, it will be hard for the Kiwis to land that clinching bite on the Indian batting line-up.