New Zealand v India 2nd ODI Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - India to continue dream run

India and New Zealand

India brought their best form from Australia to New Zealand as they coasted to an eight-wicket win in the first ODI in Napier. 

The series now moves to the picturesque Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui for two ODIs in three days.

The first of those and the second ODI of the series will be played on Saturday. The Kiwis will hope to bounce back with a win, while the Men in Blue will look to continue their dream run.

New Zealand


New Zealand struggled to cope with the seam of Mohammed Shami and the dual spin threat of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal in Napier. While the openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro failed, only captain Kane Williamson (64 off 81 balls) was able to hold his end.

A target of 158 was never going to test the Indian top-order and it didn’t. Although Lockie Ferguson (1/41) and Doug Bracewell (1/23) tried hard, it was a match that they lost with the bat.

Williamson will be keen to brush this performance away as a one-off aberration. More importantly, New Zealand will look to not go 2-0 down.

India


In the absence of Jasprit Bumrah, Shami (3/19) rose to the occasion for India with a man-of-the-match performance. He got able support from the wrist-spin duo of Chahal (2/43) and Kuldeep (4/39). Bowling the Kiwis out with 12 overs remaining was an indicator of India’s dominance with the ball.

The chase was led by Shikhar Dhawan’s unbeaten 75 (off 103 balls), as he eased back to form after a jittery start. Virat Kohli (45 off 59) showed his class, as the visitors eased to a win despite a stoppage in play due to ‘Sun Break’.

India are in excellent form at the moment dishing out clinical performances consistently. With a few question marks over the middle-order, India will be keen to build up winning momentum.

Match Up


Batting let the Kiwis down in the first ODI, as the top-order struggled to adjust to the pace and spin from the Indian bowlers. It will be interesting to see how quickly they can make changes and adapt.

India looked in complete control of their performances in Napier, as key players contributed to the cause. Worries remain over the untested middle-order, however.

History & Statistics


  • New Zealand have won 14 of their last 20 Odis (W14, NR1, L5).
  • New Zealand have won four of their last eight home ODIs.
  • Since the start of 2015, New Zealand have lost consecutive home ODIs only once in 54 matches.
  • New Zealand have won three of their last four ODIs at this venue.
  • India have won 15 of their last 20 bilateral ODIs away from home (W15, L5).
  • India have won 11 of their last 15 ODIs played in South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia.

Key Players


Williamson continued his purple patch against India, picking up his sixth consecutive 50+ score in home ODIs.

Having tormented the Kiwis with his spin and guile, Kuldeep will look to weave his magic once again.

Prediction


The hosts have a settled batting order, but were found out by a superior Indian bowling attack in Napier. It will be another challenge for the Kiwis, as they look to plot their way back into the series. Williamson remains their only hope, but India start as heavy favourites.

Tips


Back India to win the match @ $1.72 (bet365).

Back New Zealand to score the most sixes @ $2.25 (Sportsbet).

Back Williamson to score a fifty @ $2.25 (Ladbrokes).

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New Zealand v India 2nd ODI Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - India to continue dream run

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