New Zealand vs. India - Betting Tip TEST (21.02.2020)
Statistical information, performance, best odds and betting tips for New Zealand vs India for TEST. Analysis with head to head comparison and forecast by football experts.
New Zealand vs. India | Match Prediction, Betting Tip & Odds
New Zealand and India meet in the first of their two-match Test Series on Friday, with the tourists sitting top of the ICC rankings ahead of the encounter getting underway in Wellington. However, with the hosts having defeated England in their last Test series on home soil, a close game is expected at the Basin Reserve. This page will take a detailed look at the two teams, including bookmaker odds and our expert tip.
Initial Situation for the Game New Zealand vs. India
New Zealand will be hoping to return to winning ways when they host India in the opening match of their series, with the Black Caps having been whitewashed by fierce rivals Australia last time out, losing all three of their Test matches against Justin Langer’s side. However, with India having twice Demolished Bangladesh in their last Test match outings back in November, Kane Williamson & Co will certainly know that they will need to be at their best to come out on top. There is little to separate the two teams when it comes to the betting odds however, so let’s take a closer look at the two teams, offering punters a better understanding of who may ultimately claim victory.
New Zealand Form
New Zealand were far from their best as they lost all three Test matches against Australia at the end of 2019 and the beginning of this year, with the Black Caps losing by over 200 runs each time. However, New Zealand had previously recorded a 1-0 series victory over England, twice bowling Joe Root’s men out at the Bay Oval, having declared on a massive 615 themselves. New Zealand are currently ranked fourth in the ICC Test rankings. Tom Latham was one of the few players to come away from their series defeat against Australia with their head held high, having scored 50 and 49 against a fierce bowling attack.
India were defeated 3-0 in their recent ODI Series in New Zealand, with coach Ravi Shastri undoubtedly looking for a major response from his players as a result. India did whitewash the Black Caps in their five-math T20 Series at the start of the year, with their recent Test performances undoubtedly giving them confidence ahead of the first ball being bowled on Friday morning. In fact, India have not lost a Test match since December 2018.
Latest Team News
Mitchell Santner has been dropped by the Black Cats ahead of their clash with India, due to his failure to reach three figures with the bat on a number of occasions. However, the fit-again Trent Boult does return for the hosts, while spinner Ajaz Patel has also been named in their 13-man squad. Meanwhile, Kyle Jamieson is in line to make his Test debut, having been involved in the recent ODI matches. As for India, the likes of Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Navdeep Saini are almost certain to be involved in a familiar looking team.
We have already discussed the recent T20 and ODI matches between the two nations, however in terms of Test matches, the duo will meet for the first time since 2016, when India ran out 3-0 winners. However, the last time New Zealand took on India on home soil, it was the Black Cats who recorded a 1-0 series victory.
New Zealand vs. India Odds and Forecast:
New Zealand are a difficult team to predict when it comes to this format of cricket, however if India are anywhere near their best then it is difficult to look beyond a win for the tourists in Wellington. India are available to back at odds of 2.20 with Bet365, while New Zealand are priced at 2.63 on the same betting site. Meanwhile, a draw is also worth backing, especially at odds of 4.50 from Betway. For those who enjoy individual player markets, Virat Kohli is available at odds of 3.25 from bookmaker LeoVegas to finish as India’s top batsmen in the first innings.
Our New Zealand vs. India Betting Tip:
Based on the recent form of the two teams, their head-to-head record and player availability, our top betting tip for the Test match between New Zealand and India this week is to back India to hold a first innings lead, a market which is available at appealing odds of 1.62 at LeoVegas.