Start time: 1030, 13/06/2019
Venue: Trent Bridge
TV: Sky Sports
New Zealand face their toughest World Cup assignment to date when they play India at Trent Bridge on Thursday.
The Black Caps are top of the table after three wins from as many games, albeit having beaten three of the weaker teams in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
India also have a 100 per cent record from two matches and are among the leading contenders to win the tournament.
That makes Virat Kohli’s side favourites and they are 11/25 to claim a third consecutive win in our initial India vs New Zealand prediction.
A Look At India’s Betting Odds
India have sent a statement to their rivals in their opening two fixtures, cruising to victories over South Africa and Australia.
Their bowlers, led by Jasprit Bumrah, restricted the Proteas to just 227 and then their batsmen, inspired by Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli, racked up 352 against the Aussies’ feared pace attack.
Dhawan took a blow to his left hand from a Pat Cummins delivery early on though and he will be absent for the Trent Bridge clash as well as the highly-anticipated showdown with arch rivals Pakistan at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The timescale given by India assistant coach Sanjay Bangar, meanwhile, indicates Dhawan is also likely to miss their fixture against Afghanistan on June 22.
His status as a “precious player” means he will be given every chance to recover, with KL Rahul set to move up the order to take Dhawan’s spot against the Black Caps.
Kohli struck 82 at The Oval on Sunday and will be keen to continue his impressive record against New Zealand, which has brought him 411 runs in his last six one-day internationals.
It’s 2/1 for the right-hander to be his side’s top run-scorer in the India vs New Zealand odds and that looks a solid selection in Dhawan’s absence.
A Look At New Zealand’s Betting Odds
In Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, Kane Williamson’s side had arguably the easiest start to the tournament.
But they still had to get the job done and laid down a marker by skittling Sri Lanka for just 136 and then knocking them off without loss.
A tense two-wicket win followed against the Tigers before they replicated their opening performance by dismissing Afghanistan for just 172.
They will need their bowlers to be on form again, with Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry and James Neesham three of the top four wicket-takers in the tournament.
Trent Boult has had a quiet start, taking only three wickets, but has claimed 12 in his last four ODIs against India.
The left-armer is 5/2 to be his side’s leading bowler and that completes our India vs New Zealand betting tips.
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