New Zealand will lock horns with India in the first of the three-match T20I series at Eden Park, Auckland, this Friday. After three back to back T20I series at home, winning all three, Kohli and Co. will aim to win their first T20I series in New Zealand. With history favouring the hosts, the Indians will have their task cut out in the first of the three T20Is at the Eden Park, in Auckland this Friday. On the other hand, New Zealand would be eager to make amends for their T20I series loss to England last year.
While this is promising to be a mouth-watering contest, we have our share too. There are numerous lucrative odds in the market and we have an opportunity to make the most out of it. I have already assorted the best three for you. Just go through my analysis and place the bets.
A return on almost double on the cards, this can’t get any better. India arguably possesses some of the best strikers of the ball and it's quite justifiable why India is the frontrunner to hit most boundaries. In the last five matches, India have hit more boundaries than their opponents on four occasions with a total of 75 boundaries (15 per match) and simultaneously conceded 59 (11.8 per match). Kohli and Co. have enjoyed similar success when playing away too, having outnumbered their foes in four of the last five away matches, having struck 52 fours (10.4 per innings) and shipped in 43 (8.6 per innings) in the same time frame.
Even though India’s H2H win record is not that great against New Zealand, they still managed to hit more boundaries in three of the last five matches. India hit a total of 55 fours (11 per innings) while New Zealand have managed to hit one less in the same time frame. The last time India played against New Zealand in Auckland, the visitors hit 11 fours compared to the latter’s’ 8. This looks like a clear cut bet to me, with India on the winning side.
While the above bet still required some evidence to conclude, this bet looks crystal clear with the dominant performance Indian openers has had in the past year or so. 1.72 return is a matter of time. In the last five matches, the Indian opening pair have reigned supreme on four occasions, racking up a total of 357 runs at rate of 71.4 per innings while conceding just 141 runs (28.2 runs per innings). Now, if we look at India’s last five fixtures away from home, the result remains the same, having been outscored for the first wicket stand just once.
India have played only five T20Is in New Zealand and have been the second best side on three occasions. But, the fact that India registered an opening stand of 79 in the only H2H match played at the Eden Park, in Auckland and conceded just 15 before taking Kiwis’ first wicket gives them a head start going into the first T20I later this week. With KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma in sublime form, this bet seems to be a potential winner.
Well, Indian fans might be raging at the moment, but the truth is India’s record against New Zealand in T20Is has been poor and in New Zealand, it has been even worse. India have played 11 H2H matches with New Zealand so far and the Asians have won just three of them and lost the other eight. It took India 10 years, starting from the first H2H encounter in 2007 to register a win against the black caps on November 1, 2017. In the last five H2H matches though, New Zealand have had the last laugh on three occasions.
The scene in New Zealand is far more severe, with the hosts winning four of the five H2H matches played. With India missing the like of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant, the trio which guided India to their only T20I win in New Zealand, it is unlikely that India is going to snatch an unexpected victory. Going as per the stats, I have already invested my money for the black caps to win the match, hope you follow the same.