Can India bounce back in the Test series against New Zealand?
India’s tour of New Zealand has not exactly gone to plan as MS Dhoni’s side, who were the number one side in one day cricket prior to this tour, were beaten 4-0 in the five game ODI series. Today sees the start of the two match test series with the sides clashing in Auckland, but will we see the hosts continue their excellent one day form into the five day game or will India strike back and banish the memories of the ODI series?
It is the opinion of GR88.com that neither of these will happen as they are favouring the draw in this 1st New Zealand v India test match and the reason for this is that the weekend weather forecast is not looking conductive for cricket. There are showers forecast for Friday, Saturday and Sunday so will we get enough time for either side to assert themselves and take victory in Auckland?
New Zealand v India – 1st Test Betting Odds:
New Zealand to win – 3.10
Draw – 1.79
India to win – 3.70
(All odds provided by GR88.com are accurate as of today and subject to change).
Should the weather remain clement enough to for us to get a cricket match then it is New Zealand that are favoured to continue their fine form against the Indians and they will feel that this is a great chance to boost their current home test record. They have won just three test matches in New Zealand since the start of 2011, beating the West Indies twice and Zimbabwe once, and with their bowlers showing in the ODI series that they have the edge over their Indian counterparts I feel that the betting odds for this match are correct and that, assuming we get enough game time, that New Zealand will win this match.
While New Zealand’s home test record is poor, India’s test history away from home is even worse. They are without a win in any of their last 12 away test matches and with them struggling in their strongest form of the game already this year this 1st New Zealand v India test could present further problems for them. However, with this match lasting much longer than the ODI version of the game the Indian batsmen, who struggled in the one day matches, will know that they will not be under so much pressure to attack the ball and this may help them towards victory in this game.
However, I feel that a combination of poor bowling from India and the poor weather expected for this weekend will cause India all kinds of trouble for this match. New Zealand certainly have batsmen good enough to take advantage of any slippage in performance from the bowlers in Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson, but any advantage they can gain will be cut short by the constant weather delays. New Zealand are the slight favourites to win the match in my book and I feel that they are overpriced to win this match, but with the poor weather forecast to ruin a promising cricket match my money is on India’s away test match woes continuing and this match ending as a draw.
Back the 1st New Zealand v India test match to end as a draw @ 1.79 with GR88.com.