The ICC World Twenty20 starts March 15. India, which hold the top position in ranking, is hosting the event. The first T20 match is between the tournament favourites and New Zealand. Here are the betting odds of the match.

New Zealand

Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill are two of the top ten batsmen in world ranking. However, the return of veteran Indian paces Ashish Nehra has been critical. If any one of these two goes back early, it’ll be wise to send Colin Munro next.

Trent Boult may turn out to be a key factor in the match. If he bowls well and manages to send some Indian batsmen back, New Zealand will have the upper hand. The left-arm fast bowler is capable of troubling India with his pace.

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Since January 2014, India has played 22 T20 matches and won 16 of it. Moreover, it has won 10 out of the last 11 matches it played. It won the Asia Cup without a single defeat, beat Sri Lanka 2-1 at home and Australia 3-0 away.

India’s chance of winning the World T20 is huge, but one can never really predict a game of cricket. ESPNCricInfo says Virat Kohli may get amnesia and forget how to bat, stressing on the possibility that anything could happen.

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T20 Betting Odds

India’s top order with Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli makes a killer combination. If it loses two out of the three with a few runs on the board, New Zealand can dominate with Williamson and Guptill going strong.

In terms of betting odds, New Zealand is around 2.80 and India 1.57, according to Betfair. It suggests pre-match backing for the Kiwis and laying off at 2.00 for a free bet.

Kohli is the man to bet on, if one follow the statistics. These days, he has a habit of getting 50s and remaining unbeaten. However, the value selection is Dhawan.