New Zealand vs. England, 2nd Test

The Big Picture:

After facing the ignominy of a 58-run all-out at Auckland, England will look to redeem their Test side, that has now gone 12 overseas Tests without a win. For the hosts though, a bit of history is up for grabs as they require only a draw to register their first home series win against the English since 1984.

Venue: Hagley Oval, Christchurch

Date: 30th March 2018

Start Time: 03:30 AM IST

ODDS IN FAVOUR OF KEY PLAYERS FROM BOTH TEAMS

While England would want their Top-order in Stoneman, Cook, and Vince to fire after ordinary returns in the Ashes, New Zealand will look to get into the groove of red-ball cricket after having played just 2 Test matches in the past nine months.

Top Batsman:

Kane Williamson (NZ): Kane Williamson, the New Zealand skipper scored a brilliant hundred, his 18th in Test cricket and the odds in favor of him performing is 5/2, meaning a return of 350 over a stake of Rs 100.

Joe Root (ENG): The English captain will be looking to lead from the front, and the odds of him achieving the same is 5/2 meaning a return of 350 on a stake of Rs 100.

Henry Nicholls (NZ): The left arm batsman made full use of the opportunity in the previous encounter with a brilliant 145  and the odds stacked in favor of him is 13/2meaning a return of Rs 750 over a stake of Rs 100.

Alastair Cook (ENG): The veteran English opener had one good inning in the Ashes (at the MCG), and the series vs. New Zealand will be necessary for the veteran,. The odds stacked in favor of him is 4/1 meaning a return of 500 over a stake of Rs 100.

Top Bowlers:

Jimmy Anderson (ENG)– The veteran fast bowler is expected to have a higher say in this series especially with the pink ball in his hand in the first Test, and the odds in favor of him leading the attack is 2/1 meaning a return of Rs 300 over a bid of 100.

Trent Boult (NZ): The left-arm bowler blew England’s top-order away in the last game, and the odds of him performing yet again is 9/4, meaning a return of Rs 325 over a stake of 100.

Neil Wagner (NZ): Nei Wagner had an outstanding series against the Windies, and New Zealand will be hoping he carries the same against England, The odds in favor are 7/2 meaning a return of Rs 450 over a bid of 100.

Stuart Broad (ENG): The veteran fast bowler who has endured an indifferent form in the last 12 months, had a decent outing in the previous encounter having picked up three wickets in first innings. The odds stacked are 10/3 meaning a return of 433 over an investment of 100.

WHO WILL WIN THE MATCH?

So, who will clinch the decisive Test match between New Zealand and England?

As per Bet365, The odds in favor of England winning the game is 5/4 meaning a return of Rs 225 over a stake of Rs 100 while that of New Zealand is 6/4, meaning a return of 250 over a stake of Rs 100, while that of a draw is 7/2 i.e a return of Rs 450 over an investment of Rs 100

OUR PREDICTION: As per the odds, New Zealand start as favorites to win the match