India were woeful in their first game versus New Zealand, it’s very rare they get out-spun in their own back yard! The pressure on them to win this game will be massive, as New Zealand look like they’ll qualify and Pakistan will be very close if they pull off an upset. They’ve got the better of Pakistan in T20 cricket, only losing one of their seven meetings.
Pakistan shocked me in their opening match, yes, it was against Bangladesh but they posted a mammoth 201 for only five wickets, and even Afridi got runs. In truth their bowling attack was never really tested in the Tiger’s chase, questions still remain about them with the ball but they definitely have wicket-takers in Amir and Afridi. Pakistan’s weaknesses will show against better opposition, the lack of explosive batsman and options with the ball will be the difference today.
The defeat by the Kiwis was only the second game India have lost in T20 cricket this year from the twelve fixtures they’ve played. Other than a shock loss to Sri Lanka, nobody has got near them this year, with their smallest victory being by 27 runs. India will bounce back in this fixture, and thanks to the shock loss you can get on at a slightly bigger price $1.45.
Virat Kohli is the pin-up boy of India, and the hopes of a nation will fall on his shoulders to drag India into the semi-finals. He’s one of the best stoke players in the world and the stats certainly back that up, he’s only scored under 22 twice in his last 19 T20 innings for his country. If that hasn’t convinced you to back him to be top Indian batsman at $3.75, his average of 66 against Pakistan might.
Oddschecker’s best bet
India have plenty of stroke players at the top of their innings and that, allied to Pakistan’s poor seam attack, makes the $1.72 for India to hit the most 4’s looks the bet of the day!