New Zealand might be top of the Cricket World Cup standings with three wins from three, however, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are not in the same class as India who they face at Trent Bridge on Thursday. Virat Kholi’s India have looked in top form on their way to wins over South Africa and Australia and will without doubt provide the Black Caps with their first serious test of the tournament. Form Labs bring you their betting preview and tips for the game while we bring you the value with our selection of enhanced odds available in our FanBoosts section.
Who’s Unbeaten Record Will Go?
The only two unbeaten sides left in the competitions face off at Trent Bridge on Thursday. New Zealand have done what’s been asked of them by defeating the three pre-tournament outsiders so far.
Although Bangladesh look a stronger outfit than both Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, it was a nervous chase of 244 for the Black Caps against the Tigers, and so they still have something to prove against high quality opposition.
Bowling looks strong though, especially in the pace department with all four quicks – Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson and Jimmy Neesham – amongst the wickets in the opening three games.
India have made the most impressive start to the tournament as they eased past South Africa and dominated Australia.
Their side looks well-balance with an in-form and deep batting line-up and a high-quality bowling attack. However, they’ve been dealt a blow as Shikhar Dhawan – a centurion against the Aussies – has fractured his thumb and is out for a few weeks.
His opening partnership with Rohit Sharma was one of the strongest in the competition and although KL Rahul will move up from no.4 to open, it does weaken their middle-order somewhat with either Dinesh Karthik or Ravi Jadeja coming in.
Combine this with their six-wicket defeat to New Zealand in the warm-ups – where they were bowled out for 179 – and we’d avoid getting behind India at the prices.
Conditions Could Favour New Zealand Attack
The weather in Nottingham isn’t looking great and should any cricket take place, conditions are likely to be overcast.
With that in mind, Trent Boult appeals in the top NZ bowling market. He took 4-33 in that warm-up game as his left-arm swing really troubled the Indian batsmen.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is India’s best swinger of a cricket ball and with Jasprit Bumrah dominating the market, his new ball partner offers some value as top Indian bowler.
India v New Zealand Betting Tips
The Indian batting line-up is full of quality, power and is well balanced. The fact that most of them have contributed at some point, makes it’s difficult to pinpoint one of their players as top batsman.
In contrast, the Kiwis rely on Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor for the bulk of their runs. Guptill is somewhat of flat track bully though and could struggle against a quality attack, the same can be said of Colin Munro.
Steve Smith is Australia’s best batman and he duly delivered for us when top runscorer against India and again we’ll keep it simple and do the same for the Black Caps.
Indeed, Williamson and Taylor scored 67 and 71 respectively in the warm-up against India and both have looked in good touch during the tournament. At a slightly bigger price, the value lies with Taylor.
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