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Heading into the weekend, cricket fans around the world were excited for a tight ODI series between India and New Zealand.
As the two in-form white ball teams in the world right now, the sides had played out a high-scoring first ODI, with India grabbing a narrow 12 run win. Plenty of punters were picking New Zealand to come back in the second ODI and level the series—but it ended up being a right old hiding, with the visitors getting rolled for 108 and India cantering to victory by eight wickets.
Now, with the series won, India will be looking for consecutive whitewashes at home. New Zealand will be stinging, and playing for pride, plus momentum ahead of the T20 series that looms around the corner. Here’s our betting preview of the India vs New Zealand third ODI, with all the best picks to make on this match.
India to Win and Siraj Top Indian Bowler
Finn Allen to Score 21.5+
These odds from William Hill were correct at the time of writing.
India vs New Zealand – Match Prediction
Here are the best two bets our experts suggest placing on the third ODI between India and New Zealand this Tuesday:
India to Win and Siraj Top Bowler @ 4/1 (5.00)
If New Zealand were going to beat India at home, it felt like it had to be in the second ODI of this series. Now, with the series lost, and two deflating defeats over the past week, you’d like it will be quite hard for the Kiwis to get up and win this match after awhile on the road. Expect India to be too clinical here and close out the series 3-0, with New Zealand already turning their minds to the winnable T20 series coming up.
Mohammad Siraj has been one of India’s best bowlers, taking four wickets in the first ODI and bowling with an economy under two runs an over in the second. To get the best odds, combine Siraj being the top bowler with India winning this one, for a healthy return.
Finn Allen Over 21.5 Runs @ 5/6 (1.83)
Finn Allen is a mercurial batter, scoring 40 runs in the first ODI and a duck in the second.
It’s a bit of a coin flip how he’ll perform, but he’s a talented batsman and is due for a big score. Whether or not he goes on to convert into an 80+ score against India’s talented bowling line up is another story, but he should at least make a few quick runs at the top of the order on Tuesday, making this quite an attractive bet.
India vs New Zealand Third ODI Preview
Given these two bets, here’s a little more background on how each of these sides are playing at the moment and what their squads are looking like.
India have been in fantastic ODI form, winning six in a row since losing an away series against little brother Bangladesh. They’ve been batting big, scoring 350+ the last four times they’ve batted first, and have been tidy with the ball too, particularly in the last match. Shubman Gill is seeing the ball well, as is Virat Kohli—though the majority of the top seven are currently threats as well.
New Zealand have been a little hit and miss. They claimed a hard fought series in Pakistan 2-1, then narrowly lost the first ODI after a valiant fight back in the face of Shubman Gill’s brilliant double century. Across the board, they were disappointing in the second ODI, and the question remains whether that was an off day, or a reflection of this side’s current level.
India vs New Zealand Head to Head
India won the latest ODI between these two by eight wickets, and also lead the overall ODI head to head 57-49, with one tie.
India vs New Zealand Third ODI Match Details
- Time and date: Tuesday 24th of January from 8:00 GMT
- Venue: Holkar Stadium, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
- How to watch in the UK: ESPN Player