Here are our best New Zealand v India 2nd T20 betting tips. We move onto the second instalment of the Twenty20 series played out by New Zealand and India when the teams renew rivalries at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday morning. The second leg of what will be a quick-fire treble, the opener was settled on Wednesday morning, the third scheduled to be played to a conclusion on Sunday.
India will be hoping to still have a chance of winning the T20 series by the end of the weekend, but they have much work to do if they are to get back on level terms in what should prove to be a vitally important 2nd T20 match shown live on Sky Sports.
Punters and armchair fans are able to follow the play live from 6.00am UK time but if this match falls into line with the battles the nations have been involved in already during this tour, it’ll prove a game well worth setting your alarm for.
If you do miss the start you can get involved at any time thanks to the active in-play coverage available with many major bookmakers, including Coral. To help keep you on the right side of the traders, our team of sports betting experts have previewed Wednesday’s match, before advising where they believe you should invest your cash. We also flag up which firms offer the best value on the game as it’s important to ensure your stake money is working as hard as possible on your behalf.
India Set the Pace
India impressed during the opening rounds of their tour of New Zealand and gave fans back home plenty to cheer while upsetting the locals. The tourists raced into a 3-0 lead to win the One Day International series, before ending with a comfortable 4-1 deficit.
New Zealand fought back briefly in the fourth day of play but that looked more to do with their opponents taking their eye off the ball with the series already sewn up, rather than NZ threatening to turn things around. The 4-1 final score was a fair reflection of how play went, and it left the home side with plenty more questions than answers come the final tally.
The victors recorded some eye-catching results on their way to that success, not least the 90-run cheer back on 26 January to open a 2-0 advantage, showing their opponents just what they were in for going forward. They rounded off the series with a 35-run difference, the scores reading India 252 all out (49.5) against a poor 217 all out (44.1) of their rivals. That game alone seemed to sum up how the ODIs went for both teams.
New Zealand Cause an Upset
It looked like the away dressing room had hit their stride and would begin the T20 round with another confidence-boosting win, reminding NZ just who was in charge, but the 1st T20 failed to live up to expectations, New Zealand proving their fighting spirit with an upset win. Few saw that coming, bookmakers happy to sit on the fence and let punters sort it out themselves, and we were off-target when advising a bet on India’s domination to continue.
Not only did New Zealand win the 1st T20 against the run of play, but they also did it at a canter and shocked even their own fans when smashing their way to a simple 80-run cheer. The scoreboard read New Zealand 219-6 (20.0), which was more than enough to see off an opponent who managed only 139 all out (19.2). A beating? More like a bit of a mauling for a side who, perhaps, allowed themselves to become a little too confident.
Will we see more of the same in the 2nd T20 on Thursday or will India do as they have done already in this tour and hit back to stamp out any hopes amongst the locals? The level of performance in the 1st T20 would suggest the home cheer would be favourite, but that’s not how oddsmakers see this match going and there are a few surprises in the betting.
Away Win Picked
Traders refuse to get too carried away with New Zealand’s 1st T20 win and have chosen, instead, to stick with the form side of the two and price India as favourites to get level. We were surprised to see the result of the opener, and it went against our thinking, but we’re happy to stick to our guns and keep faith with an India side who has barely put a foot out of place since arriving.
They will need to seriously improve on Wednesday’s efforts if they are to grab the desired result, but we think going 1-0 down in the series will act as a wake-up call to all concerned and we’re taking them to level things at 1-1 and force what will be a gripping decider on Sunday. Followers can get the away day at 8/11 with Coral. That’s our best bet, but we wouldn’t be in a rush to talk anyone out of backing New Zealand for two-in-a-row if that was their approach. NZ are 11/10 for the win and there’s much to like about that quote.
More Match Betting
If you’d rather avoid the unpredictability of the match-winner betting, you’ll be glad to learn there’s plenty more available in the specials to catch your attention. The top New Zealand batsman charts has Colin Munro as 11/4 favourite, joint with teammate Kane Williamson. We’d rather play Tim Seifert at 7/2 – all prices available at Coral. The same market on the opposite side of the fence shows bookies fancy Rohit Sharma who’s a 9/4 jolly. We’ll trust our stake money to Shubman Gill again, available at a tempting 5/1.
Top New Zealand bowler betting has Ish Sodhi as 5/2 market leader, ahead of Lockie Ferguson at 7/2 and the 7/2 of Mitchell Santner. Top India wicket-taker is led by Kuldeep Yadav at 9/4, with Yuzvendra Chahal 11/4 and Bhuvneshwar Kumar trading 3/1.