THE EDGE: The Edge previews the Cricket World Cup clash between INDIA v NEW ZEALAND with a recommended BETDAQ bet.
India v New Zealand
We have a top of the table clash at the Cricket World Cup on Sunday as India take on New Zealand. This should be an absolute cracker, and hopefully it’s a good game for trading on BETDAQ Betting Exchange too. We had a real swinger on Friday as Australia beat Pakistan; probably one of the better games for trading so far. In the ODI format there is a lot of 1.01 trains, but you can’t beat ODI cricket when we get a bit of drama. The way things have worked out these two have gone clear; but New Zealand do have some very tough fixtures ahead.
They have already played Netherlands, Bangladesh and Afghanistan – the only “weaK’ side they have left is Sri Lanka. India have already beaten Australia and Pakistan, and to be honest they have been faultless. The biggest critic they faced was Virat Kohli slowing down for his century while beating Bangladesh on Thursday – they still won by 51 balls! Their batting is firing, and an in-form Kohli is a huge asset. If he stays in this type of form he can really cement his legacy in India. Hardik Pandya will miss out here, and that’s a huge hole to fill for India; I believe he will return for the England game.
There’s no like-for-like replacement for Pandya given his talent with the ball and bat. He’s one of the first names on the team-sheet. That gives New Zealand a chance, but their batting has yet to be fully tested in the conditions. England were well short of par against them, and since then they have been entitled to win their games. A fascinating game ahead; the winner will very likely top the group although there’s plenty of drama ahead!
WEATHER AND PITCH WATCH:
We’re back at Dharamsala here, and it will be very interesting to see if conditions change because India are playing. It’s no secret they would like a slower surface, but we usually don’t see a very spin friendly wicket here. Usually everyone is busy looking at the mountain view in fairness, but the wicket tends to be green and seam friendly more so than spin friendly. The outfield has been a big topic here and the reality is it hasn’t been good enough – if players are told not to dive because of injury worries then they should be hosting a World Cup. This will be the fourth game here; Afghanistan were bowled out for 156, then England posted 364/9 against Bangladesh and Netherlands beat South Africa by posting 245/8.
This is one of the most interesting games at the World Cup yet. Both sides have a perfect record, and while India have had the more impressive performances they are missing a key player in Pandya. Conditions will likely suit New Zealand too rather than playing this game on a very spin friendly ground like Chennai or Lucknow. I’m going to keep stakes very small here, but I like a small bet on New Zealand at around 3.0. I just expect a closer game than those odds suggest; but full respect to India who have been fantastic so far. New Zealand haven’t put a foot wrong though, and they could easily go very well here.
The Edge Says:
One point win New Zealand to beat India at 3.0 with Betdaq Exchange
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Dharamsala is always an interesting ground because you almost don’t know what to expect wicket wise. There’s certainly easier grounds to plan your trading strategy for. As I said above, there’s a huge question mark what type of wicket we get here; usually there is something in it for the fast bowlers, but I would suggest India would have asked for a slow wicket; fascinating to see what happens there considering it’s the ICC in charge of the wickets at a World Cup! I would be keen to take on the Indian lower order here; missing Pandya is a big blow and it will be interesting to see how they handle the pressure if Kohli goes early.