- Match: New Zealand vs India, 4th T20I, India tour of New Zealand, 2020
- Date: Friday, January 31, 2020
- Time: 07:00 AM GMT
- Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
It was expected that New Zealand would fight back hard after losing the first two matches in their ongoing 5-match T20I series against India at home. They did fight hard and almost pulled off a spectacular win in the 3rd T20I courtesy a special 95 by captain Kane Williamson.
Unfortunately, the Kiwis couldn’t cross the finishing line and India held their nerve to win the 3rd match in the Super Over. They have thus sealed the series and taken an unassailable 3-0 lead. Going into the 4th match, India start as favorites.
India Match Form
India didn’t put up its best performance in the 3rd ODI. They were scratchy with the batting, very poor on the field and bowled too many loose balls. Jasprit Bumrah, in fact, conceded 45 runs in his 4 overs and the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal and Shivam Dube too were ordinary. However, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami stood up and produced excellent spells. Shami was the one, in fact, who turned the game in India’s favor with his last over where he gave away only 9 runs and tied the game for India.
In the batting department, India will be happy that opener Rohit Sharma is back to his run-making ways. Manish Pandey and Ravindra Jadeja too got vital runs down the order which is a great sign for the team. For the 4th game, India might experiment and bring in some new faces from the bench like Sanju Samson, Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Rishabh Pant or Washington Sundar.
New Zealand Match Form
New Zealand appears to be struggling with their middle-order. While Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson and Colin Munro are getting runs, the likes of Colin de Grandhomme and Ross Taylor have really failed. They are lacking the finishing touch and some batsman to play the long innings.
In their bowling too, the Kiwis have been below par. Tim Southee hasn’t been able to take the responsibility of the lead bowler and given away too many runs at important junctures – he couldn’t even defend 18 runs in the Super Over. Hamish Bennett has been unproductive while Mitchell Santner is doing well only in patches. Only off-spinner Ish Sodhi has done consistently well. But that won’t be enough if the Kiwis hope to stop the strong Indian batting.
New Zealand vs India, 4th T20I Cricket Betting Tips
The Westpac Stadium in Wellington is a good batting surface however seam bowlers do get purchase here as well. The highest total achieved on the venue is 219-6 by New Zealand against India in 2019. However, the average total bating first here is 160.
During the 4th T20I between New Zealand and India, expect a true wicket. The team batting first should target a total around 180-190 which could well be a match-winning score.
New Zealand would be quite deflated after losing the last game. They came agonizingly close again and yet lost. They are not playing as a unit and their bowling is really struggling. India, on the other hand, have learned to hold their nerve in dire situations. They are confident of winning from any position and will not let go of the intensity. Back India to continue their winning spree and clinch the 4th T20I as well.