New Zealand vs. India - Cricket Betting Tip 2nd TEST (29.02.2020)
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 2nd Test | Match Prediction, Betting Tip & Odds
Having dominated the opening match of the two-Test Series, eventually running out winners by 10 wickets, New Zealand will be expecting a significant response from India when they meet again in Christchurch this week. The tourists failed to score over 200 runs in either innings in Wellington, with a quick turnaround providing India with the chance to return to their best. 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
Nine match wickets from Tim Southee helped the Black Caps to a convincing win over India, with the hosts not even needing the fifth and final day, with a second innings score of 9/0 securing New Zealand victory. However, India have often bounced back from adversity over recent years, with their No.1 world ranking showing that they are a team who can quickly rediscover their top form. Given their impressive showing in Wellington, the bookmaker odds ahead of the second Test are now in the Black Caps favour, having been the underdogs for the opening tie of the series. With that being said, let’s take a closer look at the two teams, offering punters a better understanding of who may ultimately claim victory.
New Zealand Form
Having come into the series off the back of a whitewash at the hands of Australia, New Zealand returned to somewhere close to their best form in beating India last week, with the likes of Kane Williamson, Tim Southee and Trent Boult impressing in particular. Williamson scored 89 in the first innings to help the hosts to a score of 348, with the pace and skill of Boult and Southee restricting the tourists to 165 and 191 respectively. New Zealand will be hoping that another win this week will see them rise from their current 4th position in the ICC Test rankings, with the influence of Head Coach Gary Stead starting to show.
India were surprisingly poor in Wellington last week, with their recent Test match performances having shown no demonstration that such a showing was coming. The tourists suffered a 3-0 ODI series defeat at the beginning of the year, having beaten the Black Caps 5-0 in their recent T20 series also. Coach Ravi Shastri will certainly be looking for a much better showing from his players in Christchurch, with the likes of Virat Kohli, Prithvi Shaw and Mohammed Shami having all failed to deliver.
Latest Team News
The Black Caps are likely to stick with the same team that fared so well in the opening Test, meaning that bowler kyle Jamieson will retain his place, having picked up four wickets on his debut. However, the tourists could well make changes to their starting lineup, having suffered their first Test match defeat in some 14 months.
We have already discussed the recent T20 and ODI matches between the two nations, however in terms of Test matches, their clash last week in Wellington was their first 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:
After their victory last week, it perhaps comes as little surprise that it is New Zealand who are the narrow favourites to wrap up a series victory in Christchurch. The hosts are available to back at best odds of 2.25 at LeoVegas, while India are priced at 2.30 on the same platform. Those looking for greater odds should consider betting on Trent Boult being New Zealand’s leading wicket taker in the first innings, a market which is available at odds of 3.40 at Bet365. Elsewhere, after he failed to deliver with the bat last time around, Virat Kohli is 7/1 to be named man of the match at 888Sport.
Our New Zealand vs. India 2nd Test Cricket Betting Tip:
Based on their recent clash in Wellington, our top betting tip for the match between New Zealand and India this week is to back another win for the Black Caps, with the hosts likely to be full of confidence ahead of the first ball being bowled. As previously mentioned, this market is available at best odds of 2.25 from bookmaker LeoVegas.