India will this week conclude their series of matches against Australia. There’s to be no rest for the team, though, as they’re almost immediately due back in action against New Zealand. They’ll be facing the Blackcaps in a total of eight matches spread across three weeks.
The first two matches are one-day warm ups. They’re both taking place at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, on the 17th and 19th of October. There’s then a three match ODI series, followed by a three match T20I series. This early betting preview is going to focus on the one-day series.
The Indian team will be full of confidence for the visit of New Zealand. They’ll be looking forward to the ODI series in particular, having won four of their five one-day matches against Australia. New Zealand represent weaker opposition, in theory at least, so India will surely be expecting another series victory. Does New Zealand stand ANY chance of stopping them?
It’s possibly a little bit early to tell. It’s important to work with complete information when betting on cricket, and there’s a lot we don’t yet know. We don’t even know the full New Zealand squad, as coach Mike Hesson has elected to name his squad in two parts. The first nine players were announced last month, as follows.
The remaining players will be chosen from the New Zealand A squad that’s already touring India.
One thing we DO know is that preparation has not been ideal for the Blackcaps. Two of the matches for the A squad have been rescheduled due to rain, and that will have disrupted their plans somewhat. Although this is unlikely to have a huge impact on the upcoming series, it certainly won’t help. And it’s likely that New Zealand is going to need all the help they can get.
Most bookmakers are yet to release their initial odds for the ODI series. There can be little doubt, however, that India will be the clear favourites. Unless they really struggle to maintain the form they’ve been showing against Australia, it’s very difficult to see them losing against New Zealand.
We need to wait to see the odds before making any final decisions, but it’s probable that there’ll be a distinct lack of value in backing India for the series win. Betting on a 3-0 whitewash might be a better option, although the odds for that may not be attractive either. The betting value in this series is going to be hard to identify.
If you’re able to watch the matches live, a good approach will be to look out for any in-play betting opportunities. This could well be your best chance of finding some nice spots to get your money down.
Of course, this COULD all change over the next few days. It’s possible that the New Zealand A squad will show some amazing form over their remaining games, and that might change the outlook a little. It’s also possible that India might start showing some signs of fatigue, which could possibly give the Blackcaps a bit of hope.
The best thing to do at this stage is keep your money in your pocket and see how things develop. Try to watch the rest of New Zealand A’s matches if you can, as well as India’s remaining games against Australia. Then, when the final squads have been announced and the warm up games have been played, you’ll have a much better idea of where the betting value may lie.