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India vs. New Zealand betting tips & advice for 4th ODI in Ranchi

Time:2016-10-24 22:43 Source:Sports Betting Author:www.oppofan.com
While New Zealand did fight back rather well in the second ODI to level the series, their long-standing issues on this tour came back to bite them in the third ODI again. Getting good partnerships at the top of the order after an early wicket and then losing wickets in a cluster has become a norm for New Zealand in this series. It has set a pattern that has been tough for to shake off for New Zealand and that was evident in this third ODI as well.
 
The first thing that continued was loss of toss. New Zealand had lost all their five tosses on tour going into this game and it was another one to the fore when Kane Williamson called it wrong yet again. New Zealand were inserted in to bat which meant they were purportedly put on the back foot by the very thought that there would be dew later in the day and that they needed to get a big score.
 
Unfortunately for them, that thinking back-fired and that pattern of losing wickets in the middle-order repeated itself. At one stage New Zealand were 153 for two in the 29th over and a score of 320 looked quite par for the course. Then Ross Taylor's knock of 44 was ended by Amit Mishra's leg-spin and MS Dhoni's quick work and the rest of the middle order fell apart.
 
Tom Latham scored 61 but New Zealand went from 153 for two to 199 for eight in a matter of less than nine overs, giving India a chance to restrict them to just about 225. But then for the second time in three ODIs, the Kiwi lower-order played its part. In the first ODI, it was Tim Southee's slogathon that took New Zealand to a modest score, this time it was a partnership between Jimmy Neesham and Matt Henry with the pair adding 84 for the ninth wicket to take them to 283 before they were bowled out for 285.
 
It was a let-off in many ways and New Zealand should have been restricted to less than 250 if not even closer to 200.
 
And not only did New Zealand have a chance at that stage after having scored those many runs, they also had India in strife when they began batting. Ajinkya Rahane played a strange looking dab to short cover to give New Zealand an early breakthrough before Rohit Sharma fell lbw to Tim Southee in the ninth over of the chase with the score at just 41.
 
It took a master-class from Virat Kohli and his 151-run stand with captain Dhoni to guide the Indians out of trouble and into a very strong position that helped the side complete what turned out to be easy, seven-wicket win in the end. Kohli remained unbeaten on 154 after having been dropped very early in his innings by Ross Taylor, while Dhoni scored 80 before falling to Matt Henry.
 
Kohli and Manish Pandey completed the last rites to help India go 2-1 up.
 
Going into this fourth ODI in Ranchi, India might not want to change things around too much, especially more so because Dhoni isn't one to change things around too much. However, it might be worth looking at one or two of his younger players with the Champions Trophy 2017 in mind. Jayant Yadav could be afforded a game while there is always a chance that Dhawal Kulkarni will get a look-in ahead of Umesh Yadav or Jasprit Bumrah.
 
New Zealand will need to pick up the pieces and hope they can retaliate with a better batting performance. Their bowlers have done a decent job but having never got a score to defend on those pitches means they have always been behind the eight-ball.
 
Game begins at 1.30 pm local time (8 am GMT) on October 26.
 
India v New Zealand 4th ODI betting tips:
India to win: 2/5 (bet365)
Virat Kohli to be top India batsman: 11/4 (bet365)
 

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