New Zealand polished in preparations
– Will Virat Kohli keep the batting afloat against the strong New Zealand quicks?
New Zealand have left no stone unturned ahead of the World Test Championship final against India, beating England 1-0 in the two-match series and trying out as many as 17 players in the series. Their preparations and previous record in the WTC make the Kiwis favourites to win the final with odds of 2.76.
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India, on the other hand, haven’t had much time to prepare for the final with the intra-squad game their only practice match in the lead up to the final. Their odds of winning this Test stand at 3.00, but India have shown in the past that they are different unit away from home now, with their win in Australia a reflection of the depth and strength of the squad.
Odds and numbers favour New Zealand
India have lost only one Test series out of their last nine Test match series, but interestingly that came against New Zealand in 2020. New Zealand, on the other hand, are unbeaten in their last eight Test matches.
RECOMMENDED BET: New Zealand have odds of 2.76 to win the Test, with a strong bowling attack in their favour
The venue also pegs India back as they have never won a Test match at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
Keep an eye on…
New Zealand pacers: While India’s quicks have been talked about a lot, New Zealand’s quartet have been exemplary in Test cricket and could be the difference between the teams in the final.
India’s top-order: Virat Kohli hasn’t hit a Test century in ages, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill are vulnerable against the new ball and Cheteshwar Pujara is better off playing the second fiddle role. All onus rests on Kohli to thrive and keep the batting afloat against the strong New Zealand quicks.
TIP: Devon Conway is in brilliant form and is an unknown player for India, giving him odds of 4.20 to top the first innings run chart for Kiwis.
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