New Zealand need big runs from top-order
- India were tested at Hyderabad, but remain a solid ODI unit at home
- New Zealand’s second-string attack needs to step up
India’s bowling attack was put to a serious test by Michael Bracewell and Mitchell Santner in Hyderabad with the dew aiding them. India will be wary of another fight from the Kiwis but remain firm favourites. India are favourites to win with odds of 1.34.
New Zealand lack experience in the bowling attack with Trent Boult unavailable for all bilaterals now and Tim Southee rested. That showed when Shubman Gill took off in Hyderabad. They need the young seamers and spin attack to step up. New Zealand have odds of 3.18 to win this match.
India’s strong head to head
India’s home record remains quite formidable as discussed last game, but their head to head record against New Zealand itself needs attention. At home in ODIs, India have beaten New Zealand 27 times in 36 matches with the visitors only winning eight games.
Our pick: India’s batting is in sublime form and it gives them a massive advantage. Back India at 1.34 to win the match!
New Zealand will hope for bigger runs from the top order and overall a better bowling performance if they are to test India. They will hope for a more seamer friendly wicket, but conditions in Raipur remain largely unknown with the venue set to host its first ODI.
Keep an eye on…
Tom Latham is a brilliant player of spin and for New Zealand to negate the Kuldeep Yadav threat through the middle overs, they need Latham to hold one end up.
Rohit Sharma has threatened to make one of those big hundreds in the last few games. With men around him getting to the big landmark, Rohit is ripe for a big score, having not made an ODI hundred in three years.