|India||-227.27 at William Hill||Place Bet|
|New Zealand||+172 at William Hill||Place Bet|
It is early days yet, but Thursday’s Cricket World Cup clash in Nottingham could have a significant impact on the eventual matchups in the semi-finals.
India have enjoyed a dream start to the tournament, cruising past South Africa in their opening match and then outgunning Australia at The Oval last Sunday.
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The Indian top order is looking as dangerous as ever, although a thumb injury will prevent Shikhar Dhawan from backing up his ton against the Aussies.
That blow forces a slight reshuffle in the batting lineup, with KL Rahul expected to open alongside Rohit Sharma.
As good as Virat Kohli and his charges have been so far, it is not they who are setting the early pace at England & Wales 2019.
New Zealand have taken full advantage of a favourable early draw, beating Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to sit top of the table with a 3-0 record.
While their opponents have been rather accomodating, the Black Caps have done everything required of them and then some.
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NZ have conceded only 558 runs in total – considerably fewer than Australia (832) and England (835) among teams that have completed three games.
Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson have led the way with the bat, but it is the fast bowling of Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry that has grabbed the headlines.
Whether the Kiwi quicks can continue in that vein against the might of India is another question altogether.
India vs NZ top runscorer betting
Virat Kohli – +240 at 5Dimes
Dhawan’s absence makes it easier than ever to back Kohli in the top batsman betting for India. The skipper stroked a slick 82 in the win over Australia, so there is no doubting his form.
Ross Taylor – +350 at 5Dimes
It would be so easy to get on Williamson to top score for NZ, but Taylor’s form is just as good. The veteran no.4 has hit 82 and 48 in his two knocks thus far and offers a bit more value than his skipper.
India vs NZ top wicket-taker odds
Jasprit Bumrah – +225 at 5Dimes
The recent wet weather in the UK makes Bumrah more dangerous than ever. This is a guy who can move the ball either way at 150kph and has a killer slower ball, which makes him very tough to play when there is moisture in the pitch.
Lockie Ferguson – +350 at 5Dimes
Many a punter will back Trent Boult due to the potential for swing at Nottingham, but Ferguson’s figures are too good to ignore. The lightning-quick Aucklander has already snared eight wickets for the tournament, including four in the win over Afghanistan.
India vs New Zealand CWC 2019 predictions
India most sixes/India to win – +110 at 5Dimes
Will NZ’s quicks have as much joy against India as they did against the weaker Asian teams? Do the Black Caps have enough batting firepower to chase down a big score if required? The answer to both questions is a resounding ‘maybe’. The conditions should suit the Kiwis, but India’s bowling may also thrive.
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