The World Test Championship finals finally begin this week as India locks horns with New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. The two cricketing heavyweights have some of the best players in their ranks and are set to battle it out in what is set to be a historic Test match.
According to a report by telecomasia.net, India has emerged as a genuine cricketing powerhouse over the years and has arguably the best squad in the world. The Indian team pounded England in their own backyard earlier this year and hold a slight upper hand going into this match. The report claims that Virat Kohli is likely to opt for two spinning all-rounders with Ashwin and Jadeja making up their lower middle-order. Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah are set to feature in the bowling line-up with either Shami or Siraj taking up the other spot.
New Zealand, reportedly, has also become an exceptionally well-rounded team and stunned England earlier this year at Edgbaston. Devon Conway has emerged as an incredible find for the Kiwis and makes up a robust batting order with the likes of Latham, Williamson, and Taylor.
New Zealand, however, has a selection conundrum with Jamieson, Wagner, Boult, Southee, and Henry battling for four spots. After his exceptional performance against England, Ajaz Patel has also been named as an option for the Test match.
Betting Tips for WTC India vs New Zealand
According to telecomasia‘s report, India might have enjoyed a brilliant few months in Test cricket but are at a distinct disadvantage in this upcoming match with conditions at the Ageas Bowl favouring New Zealand’s swing bowlers which could pose a threat to India’s top order. However, the difference in betting odds will not be particularly large since both teams are evenly matched ahead of the game. With rain likely to affect several days of this match and conditions favouring swing, we can expect there to be a slight shortage of runs.
Betting odds for India vs New Zealand match:
- India to win the match for 3
- Total Runs in match under 984.5 for 1.83
- Devon Conway to win Man of the Match for 12
According to OCB, the team that wins the toss is likely to want to bat first. There appears to be some good pace and bounce in the surface for the first couple of days after which the pitch could start to crumble and bring the spinners into play.
Dream11 team and Dream11 tips for India vs New Zealand WTC Final 2021
India vs New Zealand – Playing 11
- Rishabh Pant
- Ross Taylor
- Virat Kohli (VC)
- Cheteshwar Pujara
- Devon Conway
- Ravindra Jadeja
- Ravichandran Ashwin
- Ishant Sharma (C)
- Tim Southee
- Jasprit Bumrah
- Kyle Jamieson
A report by OCB claims that India has a better Test team than New Zealand, no matter what the conditions. India lost to New Zealand 2-0 the last time they faced each other, but that was in New Zealand with a developing Indian team. The report says that out of the two teams, India is the one that travels better and could easily win this match.