India and New Zealand are locked in a battle in the first Test from November 25. This match is being played at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur. With one more day of Test cricket left to be played, I have come back with three of the top betting tips from the IND vs NZ 1st Test Day 5 head-to-head encounter.
This match is currently poised just as how we, the Test cricket fans love it. Day 4 of the India vs New Zealand 1st Test match had every twist and turn that none expected. India were reduced to 51/5 in the first session of the day’s play with the Black Caps taking control of the game. Then came Shreyas Iyer yet again, who later went on to become the first Indian Test cricketer to score a century and a fifty on his debut. Ravichandran Ashwin’s counter attack and Wriddhiman Saha’s gritty half ton set the tone for the hosts. From 51/5, India reached 234/7 and declared, leaving 284 runs for New Zealand to chase. India walked out at stumps happier than the other side as Ashwin removed a promising Will Young very late in the day. A wicket that’s keeping low and the Indian spinners getting more out of the wicket - the Kiwis know how difficult this task will be. An Indian victory is imminent, but with New Zealand being one of the powerhouses of Test cricket, I don’t know actually, as anything can happen. In the meantime, take a look at the top betting tips from the IND vs NZ 1st Test Day 5 clash.
Isn’t it obvious that the odds for the team markets are going to faour the hosts heavily? However, I have still managed to sneak out an absolute ripper of a team bet from the IND vs NZ 1st Test Day 5 encounter.
India’s record at home is quite impeccable across formats but their performance goes a notch higher in the longest format of the game. I know you will say New Zealand have a lot of batting depth and they are the ICC World Test Championship holders but mate, this is India. I so want to get to the level of the ‘Singham’ joke but I will hold myself back and tell you that the last time New Zealand won a Test match against India was way back in 1988 in Mumbai. The two teams have collided on 61 occasions since 1955 and India have won on 20 occasions, leaving just 12 victories for the Kiwis. Yes, New Zealand have been triumphant in the recent Test series as well as the World Test Championship final against India. But playing on a tricky wicket on Day 5, chasing 280 runs against an ominous spin attack on a subcontinental pitch, is a different ball game altogether. Parimatch are likely to offer you the best of odds for match winner 3-way in favour of India from the IND vs NZ 1st Test Day 5 match prediction.
Tom Latham and William Somerville are the two batters at the crease for New Zealand. As a result the most obvious choices would be these two from the IND vs NZ 1st Test Day 5 head-to-head battle.
New Zealand’s opening batter has a lot riding on his shoulders as he will have to bat deep into the day in order to save the game or give the Kiwis any chance of winning. The ball is not turning square nor is it a flat wicket to bat on and this is where Tom Latham loves to apply himself. Latham has a batting average of 41.57 while playing on the Indian soil in the longest format of the game. He showed his merit with the bat in the first innings where he scored 95 runs and stitched a brilliant partnership with Young for the first wicket. The southpaw has played 8 matches against India and has scored 481 runs at an average of 34.35. His average with the bat has come up clutch (45.42) under the captaincy of Kane Williamson. Parimatch are likely to offer the best odds for Tom Latham from the IND vs NZ 1st Test Day 5 match prediction.
Next up, I have the other batter William Somerville, who was sent in as the nightwatchman after Will Young forgot to review his LBW decision on time. Being a bowler, I definitely do not expect Somerville to last that long honestly. Somerville has scored over 10 runs on only two occasions in eight innings he has gotten to bat in his Test career so far. In four matches, he has 72 runs under his belt at an okay-ish average of 18.00. He knows how to defend as he scored 6 runs and it took him 52 balls to score those runs. In the fourth match innings, the right-handed batsman has a very poor batting average of 7.00. In the ICC World Test Championship, Somerville has the best batting average of his career (20.66). But as I said, he is not going to last long against the likes of Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja on Day 5. Parimatch are likely to offer the best of odds against William Somerville from the IND vs NZ 1st Test Day 5 match prediction.
Match winner 3-way - India
Tom Latham to do well with the bat
William Somerville unlikely to last long on Day 5
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