Cricket Betting: India vs New Zealand Test Preview

September 20, 2016 by Posted in Betting Tips, Cricket Tips

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Any series featuring teams from down under against the sub-continent are always linked with a lot questions about their temperament. It’s no wonder the Kiwis will be looked upon the same way as they start their long Indian tour. The three Test series begins with the first match at Kanpur from September 22 – 26.

The hosts have transitioned seamlessly to the new regime of Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli but their bigger challenges lie ahead. The series against the Kiwis starts a home season of 13 Tests for the hosts who are also pushing for the no. 1 ranking. With their formidability on home conditions, you would expect them to be very tough indeed.

The presence of VIrat Kohli as batsman makes India a strong unit. Add Ajinkya Rahane and Murali Vijay to the mix and you have a solid core that is best suited to the conditions. Question marks hover around Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteswar Pujara, but then they have a knack of basking in home comforts. And in bowling, the presence of Ravichandran Ashwin is a huge boost considering his mastery over these conditions.

But this ‘Black Caps’ side is not one that can be mowed easily. New captain Kane Williamson is probably one of the best Test batsman – both in technique and form – and should be looking to lead from the front. Questions will be asked on the sharp turning pitches but back this team to punch above their weight.

Martin Guptill is still searching for runs that make him one of the dangerous players at the top but in Luke Ronchi the Kiwis have an aggressive backup option. Tom Latham will be crucial to provide support to Williamson, as is the experienced Ross Taylor. With Tim Southee missing out due to injury, the burden will fall upon Trent Boult to lead the bowling.

India looks good to win the series although the Black Caps should draw a couple of matches. Back Rahane to be the hosts’ top scorer in the series with odds. For the Kiwis it should be Williamson, who looks primed to be their top batter.

– Tip: Ajink Rahane Top Runs India – $6 at Sportsbet
– Tip: Kane Williamson Top Runs NZ – $3.75 at Sportsbet

With the ball watch out for Mitchell Santner who may surprise a few and end up being the Kiwis’ top bowler. There’s no way you can look beyond Ravichandran Ashwin for India for both their top bowler and the man-of-the-series awards.

– Tip: Ravichandran Ashwin Top Wickets India – $2.25 at Sportsbet
– Tip: Mitchell Santner Top Wickets NZ – $3.75 at Sportsbet

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