After a clean-sweep of the T20I series, India will start its 2-match Test series against New Zealand from Thursday at Green Park, Kanpur. India has won the past 6 meetings on home-soil stretching back to more than 10 years while New Zealand has not picked up a Test victory in this country for over three decades.
Cricket Betting Tips – India
888Sport Cricket Betting Odds: 1.57
Virat Kohli is being rested so Ajinkya Rahane will take his place having led the side admirably on the tour of Australia last year. Shreyas Iyer, Srikar Bharat and Prasidh Krishna are the 3 uncapped players in the squad.
The in-form KL Rahul will probably open the innings along with Mayank Agarwal Cheteshwar Pujara will take his regular no.3 position while Shreyas Iyer likely to make his debut in place of the absent skipper. Stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane is going to be next batsman in the line-up followed by the veteran Wriddhiman Saha who is likely to be the man behind the stumps.
Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami will play no part in this series with the highly experienced duo of Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma coming in as their replacements. Mohammed Siraj is the third fast-bowler of the side. Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin will be the two preferred spin-bowlers as the pair decimated the opposition on the previous tour 5 years ago.
Cricket Betting Tips – New Zealand
888Sport Cricket Betting Odds: 4.90
New Zealand were hammered 3-0 on the last tour to India but had the last laugh by clinching the World Test Championship in the summer. Kane Williamson will lead the side after sitting out of the T2OI series.
The injury to Devon Conway has come as a big blow for New Zealand therefore Will Young is likely to be the opening-partner for Tom Latham. Williamson will come in at the fall of the first wicket followed by the evergreen Ross Taylor. Henry Nicholls will be the next man in the batting-card with Tom Blundell as the wicket-keeper of the side.
The Kiwis have plenty of quality in the fast-bowling department but the lack of a potent spinner is a clear handicap in the subcontinent. Trent Boult is not part of the squad so Tim Southee and Neil Wagner will be the leading seamers of the side with Kyle Jamieson as to be the third option. Mitchell Santner and William Sommerville are likely to be the two spin-bowlers.
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Cheteshwar Pujara Total Match Runs: Over 74.5
As the rock of the Indian batting-card, Cheteshwar Pujara will be even more crucial in the absence of Virat Kohli. He has an excellent record against the Kiwis, averaging over 40 with 2 hundreds and 4 fifties in 10 Test matches.
Kane Williamson Total Match Runs: Over 74.5
While he doesn’t have a stellar record in India, Kane Williamson has been in outstanding form over the past year. The New Zealand captain has scored 3 hundreds and 2 fifties in his last 5 Tests including 2 double-centuries.
Ravichandran Ashwin Total Match Wickets: Over 5.5
After being the chief scourge of the Kiwi batting-card on the previous tour, Ravichandran Ashwin looks set for an encore 5 years down the line. He has 52 dismissals in just 7 Tests against New Zealand with 3 10-wicket hauls.
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Top India Batsman (1st Inns): Ajinkya Rahane
Player of the Match: Ravichandran Ashwin
New Zealand has plenty of talent in the batting department but it often struggles to adapt to the conditions in the subcontinent. Besides, the spin-bowlers usually fail to make the most of the pitch-conditions as well. On the other hand, the Indian batting line-up rarely fails to deliver on home-turf and they possess a top-quality spin-attack that excels in extracting the most of the dry, turning pitches on offer. ‘
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