Let’s take a look at New Zealand v India 1st T20 match betting tips. India’s tour of New Zealand moves onto the exciting Twenty20 format and followers will be hoping this fast and furious take on the sport helps crank up the interest on what has already been a fascinating series. There’s all to play for as the nations do battle in a three-match T20 run that’ll be decided over the course of just four days.
We get started on Wednesday morning for the opening T20 match which takes place at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington with UK cricket lovers able to watch the action live. To keep tabs on the play we get set for an early rise with the coin toss expected to take place at 7.00am GMT. A tricky one to get settled for, of course; however, those who do choose to tune in are guaranteed a wonderful few hours of competitive play.
Top-quality T20 international cricket is always a joy to behold, but it can’t compare to the thrill of raking in a profit from the day thanks to a well-placed winning bet. Bookmakers are only too keen to help on that front and offer up a range of exciting betting markets, designed to catch the attention of punters.
Something for Everyone
There’s something for everyone, from match-winner to most sixes, top New Zealand batsman to top India bowler, with prices to suit every pocket. Back a short odds favourite and hope this match goes to plan and returns you a slight profit or be a bit bolder in your approach and shoot for the big time, playing interest stakes on a selection with double-figure odds attached. With around 40 markets available, we’re sure you’ll find something of interest.
If betting on cricket, regular readers of our previews know we always advise taking a look at the Coral site or mobile app before placing your wagers as the online and high street giant run special offers and price boosts on the most popular markets, including top run-scorer, enhanced multiples or better each-way terms than the competition.
Let’s take a look at how this series has played out so far as we attempt to pick out a few clues and hints as to how this T20 match will go…
Visitors Sign Off with a Win
It has been far from plain sailing in this tour for the locals so far with India dishing out a few harsh lessons along the way and the visitors did exactly that when signing off from the One Day International series with a win on Sunday morning. A respectable 35-run victory in the bag, the result came as no real surprise to those who had kept a careful eye on this rivalry and backers of India were cheering all the way to the bank, taking advantage of the bookies’ generosity and indecisiveness. The final scores read India 252 all out (49.5) against the 217 all out (44.1) of their opponents.
That win followed a razor-thin cheer for New Zealand in the ODI that went before it, eight wickets the difference between the sides on Thursday 31 January, but that did little to alter the course of the series, India easing to a 4-1 victory after racing into a 3-0 lead that wrapped things up. With the benefit of hindsight, we can see NZ’s upset in the fourth outing probably had more to do with their opponents taking their eye off the ball slightly, knowing the job was already done. That’s the reason we advised readers to get their cash on India getting back to winning ways at the first time of asking and that proved to be a shrewd approach.
Dominance to Continue
India has had plenty to cheer during this tour already and, regardless of what happens between now and their trip home, they’ll view the series as a worthwhile exercise which has played a part in building team morale ahead of an important year that’ll surely bring bigger and better challenges. The tourists have been near perfect during their stay and it’s difficult to see anything changing on Wednesday morning.
India will set out to keep their hosts at arm’s length, stamping out any flickers of hope that creep into the home dressing room. Yes, of course, New Zealand is good enough to win this T20 match on their own patch, but we really wouldn’t suggest you back them to do so. The trading team working at Coral HQ in Stratford aren’t holding their breath for an NZ upset either and have priced the home win at 11/10 second favourite, which tells the story of how the money men expect this one to go.
That leaves India as favourites and there can be no doubt they deserve to be. Punters with a keen eye on the away day can back India to win the 1st T2O match at 8/11 (Coral). That’ll prove popular in midweek sports accumulators; however, there’s probably enough there for some big hitters to back it as a super single with an increased stake. That’s how we suggest playing this one and there’s enough evidence on the table already to tell us India can be trusted to continue their form.
More in the Specials
Not a massive price and certainly not one that’s going to make you rich on its own overnight; however, there is something to work with here and its value when compared to some of the competition who make the same bet shorter odds. If you prefer your quotes a bit chunkier, we suggest having a dig around in the specials markets and looking for a punchy outsider.
Sticking with our plans for another India win, we look into how they’ll achieve the desired result. The top India batsman market has Rohit Sharma as 9/4 favourite, but we prefer to take our chances on Shubman Gill who can be backed at 5/1 and that’s a little easier on the eye. A couple of others of note are Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3/1 and Siddarth Kaul 7/2.