New Zealand vs India 4th T20I Preview – Betting Tips, Latest Odds, Team News and Predictions – 31/1/2020
India won the first two matches in Auckland and eventually the third in Hamilton, but needed super over to do so. Fixtures four and five, then, are effectively dead rubbers. Regardless, both teams will continue preparation for the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year.
India dominated in Auckland, but were far from convincing in Hamilton. Captain Virat Kohli is an excellent leader, but a hard taskmaster – and will insist on better from his tourists in Wellington. Their fielding was particularly poor – and demands improvement.
As many as 10 points separate the Indians and Black Caps in the International Cricket Council’s rankings for T20I teams, but the gulf seemed smaller on the back of Kane Williamson’s near century on Wednesday. New Zealand, though, choked despite Williamson’s fine performance.
New Zealand vs India 4th T20I – Match Preview
Where: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
When: Friday, 31 January 2020
Start Time: 12:30 (IST), 07:00 (GMT)
New Zealand vs India 4th T20I – Latest Odds
Bet365 have New Zealand and India priced at 2.37 and 1.57, respectively, to win the fourth T20I in Wellington. They have some attractive Player of the Match markets, too.
New Zealand vs India 4th T20I – Team News
With the series result sealed, India might want to tinker with their XI a bit. They were unchanged for the third T20I, but Kohli has previously said he’ll use this series to find the ideal starting XI for the T20 World Cup. That might spell some game time for Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar or Navdeep Saini. Now probably isn’t the time to rest Jasprit Bumrah, who was off colour in Hamilton, but it’d be good to see the pace of Saini deployed on a hard Westpac Stadium pitch.
New Zealand need to think long and hard about the composition of their bowling attack. Hamish Bennett took some important wickets in Hamilton, but was very expensive. The veteran Tim Southee then failed in the super over -his approach was rather predictable and Rohit Sharma pounced. Seamer Scott Kuggeleijn was drafted into the XI for the Hamilton match and will likely be retained. Picking Blair Tickner ahead of Bennett might be the way forward. Southee will need to stay, as he offers a rather green bowling attack some experience.
New Zealand vs India 4th T20I – Betting Tips and Prediction
Rohit Sharma versus Bennett initially and, later, Southee typified India’s batting dominance over New Zealand in Hamilton. Williamson’s excellence against Bumrah also showcased an outstanding contest. What intriguing battles await Wellington?
Spin to win in Wellington
Spinners Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi have shared 15 T20I wickets at Westpac Stadium, where taking pace off the ball might be key against several Indian batsmen expecting it to be quicker. Bennett and Southee, when he wasn’t bowling slower variations, showed recently that speed is not that important. Bumrah was also rather average when just banging it in. Punting on a spinner – like Santner at 5.00 with Bet365 – to be New Zealand’s top wicket-taker in the fourth T20I is a good pick.
Chahal has the upper hand at Westpac Stadium
New Zealand and India contested an ODI at this ground in early 2019. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal took three wickets en route to a comfortable win for the visitors. He exploited conditions well, bowling particularly well during the middle overs by strangling the run rate as well. Chahal’s ability to strike regularly enough and hold a good economy rate makes him a good choice at 4.00 to be India’s top bowler with Bet365 for the fourth T20I, especially if he is partnered by fellow wrist spinner Yadav. They are a treat in tandem.
Best Bet: Yuzvendra Chahal to be India’s top bowler at 4.00 with Bet365