India vs New Zealand: Cricket World Cup 2019 Semi-Final Betting

Ed Hawkins

Monday, July 8, 2019 10:56 AM UTC

Monday, Jul. 8, 2019 10:56 AM UTC

What are the hot tips and best match bets for the first semi-final?
<div><h2>India vs New Zealand</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank" title="Check India - New Zealand Betting Odds"><strong>Tuesday 9 July 2019 at Edgbaston Stadium</strong></a></p><p>The first semi-final is here, then. Unfortunately it threatens to be a damp squib with, on the face of it, a powerful and unrelenting India against a New Zealand side which had been exposed as flat-track bullies.</p><p>India are not better than 1.33 (1/3) with <a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Join William Hill &amp; Start Playing Today!">William Hill</a> with the Kiwis pushing chunky numbers. An array of bookies have no faith in them whatsoever with <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker!">Bet365</a>, Betfair, <a href=";a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Get in game with Coral!">Coral</a>, <a href=";a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Join Ladbrokes Today!">Ladbrokes</a> and William Hill all offering 3.50 (5/2).</p><p>There negative attitude makes sense. Whenever New Zealand came up against an organised outfit in the group stages, they were well beaten. Their early run to the top of the table was down to beating the lesser nations but Australia, Pakistan and England all taught them a lesson.</p><p>What was the lesson? That they can’t rely on just one man to make all their runs. Kane Williamson has had a fine tournament but that’s largely because the chronic form of those around him have concentrated the mind. Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Henry Nichols and Colin Munro have had a terrible time of it.</p><p><a href=";a=615e7c38-c0fe-485b-9b38-e2a564caf4c9&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><p>And yet…New Zealand are not a 3.50 (5/2) chance. If there was ever a game which highlighted the importance of value it is this. We don’t think the Kiwis are a great side but we just don’t rate them as poorly as the layers here. That’s because we’re a little concerned about India’s own foibles.</p><p>While the likes of the Kiwis and England have had their problems and had time to solve them, India could be sleepwalking to disaster. They have had to chop and change their XI already and there is doubt as to whether they know their best XI. There are problems with a reliance on Rohit Sharma, the runmachine, MS Dhoni looks a busted flush and their tail starts at No 8.</p><p>We’re not seeing New Zealand will win. But they are the value. Their pace unit is excellent and they could ruffle feathers bowling first or in a chase. Their challenge will be for their batters to support the bowlers, who should do a good job.</p><p><strong>Best Bet: New Zealand to win at 3.50 (5/2) with <a href=";a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="A+ Rated Bookmaker!">Betfair</a></strong></p></div>
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