New Zealand is playing West Indies in their first Test match of the Series which will take place at Seddon Park in Hamilton. The match is set to commence on December 3rd, Thursday.
After being completely decimated by New Zealand in the T20 format, West Indies is now looking to make a comeback in the longest format of the game. If New Zealand wins both the matches their ranking in the World Test Championships will go up, however, West Indies coach Phillip Simmons expressed concerns about trying to win, to improve their points in the WTC. This is the first Test match of a two-match series between the teams, while they did have a practice match in the form of a three-day Test when the Windies arrived in New Zealand. After looking at all the odds being offered I have analyzed the three best team bets most likely to win you money!
With the top openers for New Zealand, Tom Latham and Tom Blundell, this is an easy bet to win. While Test innings have a tendency to start off slower, I have gone through New Zealand's previous matches, and they have scored over 1.5 runs 9/10 times. The scores for the first inning, first over in the previous five matches for the Kiwis are as follows:4, 3, 2, 8, 1 at an average of 3.66. Sportsbet.io has offered us the incredible odds of 1.95 for New Zealand to score more than 1.5 runs in the first over of the first innings and I think it's a sure bet.
When we talk about New Zealand and West Indies fighting it out, we think of two batting powerhouses facing each other and while that is true, the statistics for West Indies playing their 3rd over are in favour of the bet. In the last 10 matches, West Indies has scored over 1.5 runs in 3 matches and 7 matches had them scoring below 1.5. In the seven matches, 5 matches had a maiden over as the third over, and with the bowling prowess of players like Trent Boult and Tim Southee, the likelihood of winning this bet tends to grow. The last 5 scores of West Indies in the 3rd over of the first innings are as follows: 0,2,3,0,0. Sportsbet.io has offered the odds of 1.98 for West Indies to score below 1.5 runs in the third over of the first innings and this is the bet I am putting my money on!
I have found a winning bet in the market for you. New Zealand has had really strong opening partnerships with Tim Southee and Trent Boult, the Windies openers, Kraig Braitwaithe and John Campbell, have had far more consistency on the pitch. We can see this from their last 10 games. The Kiwis had an average of 27.4 runs from the last 10 matches they played, while West Indies team had an average of 30.00 which clearly bodes well for the Windies, but if we look at the averages over the last 5 matches West indies have nearly half the average of the Kiwis with New Zealand at 36.80 while the Windies are at 19.20. 10cric.com has offered odds of 1.58 which are good odds for the form the teams are in.
1st innings Over 1- New Zealand to Score over 1.5 runs - @1.95 (Sportsbet.io)
1st innings Over 3 West Indies to score under 1.5 - @1.98 (Sportsbet.io)
New Zealand to get the Highest Scoring Partnership - @1.58 (10cric.com)