New Zealand v India 4th ODI Tips, Predictions and Preview - India to close in on series clean sweep

New Zealand and India

The bigger context of the New Zealand-India ODI Series was the upcoming ODI World Cup with the five matches a precursor to the bigger picture.

India have already won the series by winning the first three matches comprehensively. As we move to the fourth ODI at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Thursday, the jury is still out on World Cup selections for both sides.

New Zealand


To say that the Kiwi batsmen were sorted out by the Indian bowlers is an understatement. Only Ross Taylor (139 runs, SR 80.81) and Kane Williamson (112 runs, SR 80) aggregate above hundred runs in the series. The openers and the rest of the middle-order which has usually been New Zealand’s strength, has struggled to lift itself.

It’s the same with their bowling, as only the duo of Trent Boult (four) and Lockie Ferguson (three) have stayed among the wickets. It will remain a test of their ability to bounce back that will determine New Zealand’s chances.

India


Virat Kohli takes a break from the series, but the Indians remain strong at the top with stand-in captain Rohit Sharma (160 runs, SR 81.21) and Shikhar Dhawan (169 runs, SR 85.78) firing consistently. Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik got some useful runs in the third ODI, which augurs well for their World Cup preparations.

With Hardik Pandya back in the mix, the Indian team looks extremely well balanced. The spin-duo of Kuldeep Yadav (eight) and Yuzvendra Chahal (six) have been well complemented by Mohammed Shami (seven) which gives the visitors a great edge.

Match Up


It will once again be a test for the Kiwi batsmen against the skilful Indian bowling attack. The top-three bowlers and the batsmen of the series are Indians, which tells a lot about the struggles of the New Zealanders.

Even with the series in the bag and Kohli out of the series, India may not experiment much with their line-up.

History & Statistics


  • New Zealand have lost six of their last ten home ODIs.
  • New Zealand haven’t lost more than three successive home ODIs since losing seven straight in 2005.
  • India have won 17 of their last 22 bilateral ODIs away from home (W17, L5).
  • India have won 13 of their last 17 ODIs played in South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia.
  • India have won their last seven ODIs under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy.

Key Players


James Neesham returns to the Kiwi line-up and comes with performances of 12* & 1/34, 64 & 2/48 and 47* & 3/38 against Sri Lanka. His strike rate of 219.64 is something that the Kiwis wouldn’t mind against the Indians.

Pandya had a rough time being shunted out of the side for non-cricketing reasons. He answered his critics with a match-turning 2/45 and a spectacular catch to dismiss Williamson.

Prediction


There is every chance of India testing their highly-rated youngster Shubman Gill in place of Kohli. Even then, the visitors look extremely good to continue their winning run. New Zealand will look to build on their impressive 4-1 record over India at the venue, but on current form they start as outsiders.

Tips


Back India to have the highest opening partnership @ $1.75 (Neds).

Back New Zealand to score the most 6s @ $2.05 (bet365).

Back Rohit Sharma to score a 50 @ $2.10 (Ladbrokes).



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