Published: Wed, February 06, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction- New Zealand v India 1st T20

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction- New Zealand v India 1st T20

After praising the formidable top-order lineup in his column for ESPNCricinfo, Aakash has backed Ambati Rayudu for the No.4 spot saying that his gritty 90 in the fifth ODI against New Zealand in Wellington assured his ticket to England. Both sides will look to maximise every worldwide exposure that comes its way, thus adding some context to the T20Is. Someone like Rishabh Pant, who was left out of the ODIs in Australia and New Zealand, will want to make a mark and add to the voices that call for his inclusion.

New Zealand cricket team will be looking to turn things around after losing the ODI series 4-1. The first T20 will be played tomorrow (February 5) at Wellington. Having said that, this series is most likely to give him three such chances to prove his mettle in the given format. Boult topped the rankings in January 2016, and is again on his way up, with only India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah and Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan ahead of him. "It was good to see them work out a formula for success in a similar situation this time around, though ideally, the best approach would be to keep wickets in hand for the final flourish in the end overs", Laxman opined.

Meanwhile, New Zealand will be missing one of the prolific scorers in T20Is, Martin Guptill as the opener has been ruled out of the upcoming series with an injury. The manner in which the Kiwi batsmen face Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal would effectively decide the fate of the series. All-rounder Daryl Mitchell and pacer Blair Tickner have earned maiden call-ups. The left-arm pacer has been rested as part of his workload management. Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi form an able spin attack.

India scored 202 runs in the 1st T20I at New Delhi during New Zealand's 2017 tour of India. With MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant in the side, there is a lot of chances they keepers might be rotated.

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