India vs New Zealand Highlights – World Cup 1st Semi-Final

Prateik K
By: Prateik K
India vs New Zealand Highlights

India took on New Zealand at Old Trafford, Manchester in the 1st semi-final of the World Cup 2019. It was an unusual ODI as it turned into a two-day international match due to rains affecting the play on the scheduled match day. India started as favourites, while the Kiwis, who had lost their last 3 matches in the league stage, were big underdogs.

On a pitch where both teams would have liked to bat first, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to first.

New Zealand Innings

Even after New Zealand won the toss and chose to bat first, India were still favourites to win with odds of 1.33 in the Winner market.

IND vs NZ Winner Odds

The 1st Innings 1st 5 Overs Total Runs market saw some great change right after the 1st over was bowled. The betting options in this market before the innings had started were Over and Under 20.5 with odds of 1.74 and 1.76 respectively.

IND vs NZ Semi Final Odds

Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled a maiden first over to start off things for India. His first ball struck Martin Guptill on his pads, and India went for a review. The impact was umpire’s call, ball was missing leg-stump, and India lost their review. As the first over finished with New Zealand 0-0, the 1st Innings 1st 5 Overs Total Runs market had options of Over and Under 15.5, with odds of 1.71 and 1.80.

India vs New Zealand odds

Bumrah gave the early breakthrough getting Guptill edged and caught in the slip by Kohli. Guptill’s struggle in the tournament continued and he was out for just 1 run off 14 balls. Bumrah finished that over with 1 wicket and 1 run, and New Zealand were 2-1 after 4 overs. The odds for New Zealand in the winner market at this point were set at 4.55, while India were clear favourites with odds of 1.18.

IND vs NZ Winner Odds

By the end of 5th over, New Zealand had 7 runs on the board for the loss of 1 wicket.

A Rs.100 bet on the Under 15.5 betting selection in the 2nd over, would have returned Rs.180 at the end of 5 overs.

The market for 1st Innings 1st 10 Overs Total Runs would close after the 8th over is finished. After 7.4 overs, with New Zealand’s score reading 14-1, the odds in the aforementioned market for Over 24.5 selection were set at 1.66.

IND vs NZ Match Odds

As the first power-play ended, both Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls had faced 23 balls and hit a four each. New Zealand had 27 runs on the board for loss of 1 wicket, and the Overs 1 – 10 phase belonged to India.

Betting Rs.100 on Over 24.5 selection at 1.66 odds in the 8th over, would have returned Rs.166 at this point in the innings.

Another market that promised higher returns for the correct prediction was Away Team Top Batsman. The odds for Ross Taylor at this point in the innings were set at 5.05, while Williamson had odds of 2.05.

IND vs NZ Top Batsman Odds

Henry Nicholls and Kane Williamson added 68 runs for the 2nd wicket. In the 19th over, Ravindra Jadeja clean bowled Nicholls breaking the partnership and impacting the Kiwi innings in a big way. New Zealand’s run rate from that point onwards slowed down even more.

At the end of 20 overs, New Zealand had scored 73 runs for the loss of 2 wickets with Williamson and Ross Taylor on the crease. New Zealand had odds of 3.70 in the Winner market at this point.

IND vs NZ Winner Odds

New Zealand lost Kane Williamson in the 36th over at the score of 134 as Williamson was out caught off Chahal’s delivery. While Williamson was out scoring 67 runs, Ross Taylor sticked around taking the innings deep and was out in the 48th over. Taylor was out scoring 74 off 90 balls, and New Zealand were 225-6.

New Zealand had continued their innings on the second day from 211-5 in the 46th over. With only two major contributions in the innings, from Williamson and Taylor, New Zealand managed to put up 238-8 on the board at the end of 50 overs.

A Rs.100 bet on Ross Taylor in the Away Team Top Batsman market would have returned Rs.505 at the end of the New Zealand innings.

India Innings

Given India’s batting depth, and Rohit Sharma’s current form, 239 did not seem a par total. However, Matt Henry and Trent Boult had other thoughts. Matt Henry picked Sharma’s wicket on a great delivery, pitching just outside off and nipping away from the batsman, which Rohit Sharma edged to the keeper.

While Trent Boult followed with getting Kohli out lbw in the very next over, and Matt Henry continue the attack, getting KL Rahul edged and caught behind in his next over. India lost 3 wickets for just 5 runs on the board, and these were 3 big wickets.

In the 5th over, when India’s score was 8-1, Rishabh Pant led the odds table in the Home Team Top Batsman market with odds of 3.35. While Jadeja had odds of 10.25.

India vs New Zealand Betting Odds

James Neesham took a splendid catch to dismiss Dinesh Karthik in the 10th over, and India were 24-4 chasing 239 runs. At the end of 11 overs, with 30-4 on board, India had odds of 3.30 in the Winner market.

Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya added 47 runs for the 5th wicket, before Pant was out caught off Santner’s delivery in the 23rd over. Hardik Pandya followed him soon attempting to slog Santner and meeting the same fate as Pant. After Pandya’s wicket fell in the 31st over, India were 92-6, and in a crunch situation with their chances of win very bleak from this point onward. The odds for India in this over had shot up to 10.25, while New Zealand had odds of 1.05 in the Winner market.

IND vs NZ Winner Odds

India's Comeback - Jadeja's Heroics

However, Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni build a long partnership of 116 runs for the 7th wicket. Ravindra Jadeja scored 77 runs off 49 balls with 4 fours and 4 sixes. The pair had ignited hopes in a billion hearts and with 31 more needed off 14 balls, it all seemed possible with Jadeja and Dhoni on the crease.

Jadeja attempted to hit Boult over long off for six, but couldn’t get the timing right and was caught by Kane Williamson at long off. Lockie Ferguson bowled the 49th over, with India still needing 31 off 12 deliveries. Dhoni started off with a six on the first ball of the over, making the equation 25 needed off 11 balls.

After a dot on the next ball, Dhoni ran for two on the 3rd ball of the over, and a perfect direct hit from Martin Guptill hit the wickets and Dhoni was just short of the crease. That was set, game and match for New Zealand with Dhoni getting out at such a crucial time in the chase. India were all-ut for 221 in the last over, and New Zealand won by 18 runs making it to their second consecutive ICC World Cup final.