Will India end their tour of New Zealand with a first victory?
The second test match between New Zealand and India begins this evening and both sides will be desperate to secure victory in the final match of this tour. New Zealand can whitewash their guests if they avoid defeat after beating the Indians 4-0 in the five match ODI series before upsetting the odds, and the weather, to record a 40 run win in the first test match in Auckland, while India will want to finish the tour with at least one victory in seven matches.
India did show promise and improvement in the first test as they bowled their hosts out for 105 in the second innings as they finally found their form, but can they continue this into the New Zealand v India – 2nd Test Match? GR88.com do not believe so as they favour another victory for the hosts this weekend.
New Zealand v India – 2nd Test Match Betting Odds:
New Zealand to win – 2.40
Draw – 2.88
India to win – 2.54
(All odds provided by GR88.com are accurate as of today and subject to change)
New Zealand were impressive with the ball in the first test match between themselves and India, especially in the first innings where they restricted the visitors to just 202 runs – and it was Rohit Sharma who claimed 72 of those – and despite falling away in the second innings, as they reeled from a devastating 105 all out performance with the bat, they managed to get themselves over the line with 40 runs to spare. Following wins in their final two tests against the West Indies the Black Caps have now won three tests in a row and equal their record of four successive wins in this test match. However, they are missing Ross Taylor, who is one of the top batsmen despite scoring just 44 in his two innings last time around, due to the birth of his child but if captain Brendon McCullum can manage to equal his 224 from the first innings then there is a great chance of equalling this test victory record.
India cannot now win either the ODI series or the test series thanks to their batsmen letting them down at the death as they slipped from 221-2 to 366 all out, falling just 40 runs short. They have played better than they did in their last two away tours in England and South Africa, but with them letting victory slip away once again they will begin to question if they can actually return to winning ways outside of their own borders. They have been close to New Zealand throughout the tour, but they lag just behind their hosts in both the batting and bowling stakes, but they’ll have to hope that the fear of going home empty handed will be a good enough motivator for this match.
Unlike the first test match between these sides where there was plenty of rain forecast, although it did not ultimately prevent the hosts getting into a rhythm and winning the match much to my chagrin, this second test is promised to without interruptions from the weather gods. This is likely to aid a New Zealand side who enjoy playing in Wellington and this pitch is the same as when The Black Caps won by an innings and 73 runs against the Windies in mid-December. As a result of this, coupled with the below average performances shown by the visitors on this tour, my money is on New Zealand to round out the tour with their sixth win in seven matches and claim the test series 2-0.
Back New Zealand to beat India in Wellington and claim a 2-0 victory in the Test Series @ 2.40 with GR88.com.