New Zealand were to take the field as favorites in the second One-day international against Pakistan on 28th January, but the match had to be abandoned due to heavy rain. The outfield was just too wet for play and the match was called off without a ball being bowled. Pakistan having lost the opening game of the 3 ODI series were desperate for a win in the second game to keep their hopes alive for a series win. But now with only 1 more game to go, they can only draw the series at best with a win in the third game. The final clash of the tournament between the two sides is all set to take place on 31st January at Eden Park, Auckland. With thunderstorms predicted during this match as well, Pakistan would be praying to the rain gods to stay away and hoping for the fortunes to swing their way on the big day.
The Kiwis are on a roll with 8 straight victories of their last 10 games in the limited-overs format. They outmatched Pakistan in the first ODI with their outstanding all-round performance, and experts of the game are already placing high betting odds in their favor for the upcoming contest. After a 2-1 series victory over Pakistan in the 3-match T20 series, New Zealand have taken their winning form to the ODI series as well. Among the batsmen, it is Henry Nicholls who has caught the attention of online punters since his match-winning knock of 82 runs that led his side to a 70-run win in the previous game. Kane Williamson with 175 runs was the highest run getter for his team in the T20 series and is worth wagering money for the 3rd ODI. As for the bowling department, Trent Boult with 4 wickets in his kitty has the best bowling figures so far in this series which makes him a good choice to place your bets on.
Down 0-1 in the current ODI series, Pakistan seems to be struggling to get back to their winning spree. They have lost 9 of their last 11 matches in the 50-over format and are eager to halt their slide. But all is not lost yet as they have one more opportunity on the 31st of January to end the tournament on a high note. With a quality bowling attack, they are a side that can topple any batting line-up. All they need to do to win the third match is to perform better with the bat. In terms of individual performances for Pakistan, Mohammad Amir with 3 wickets in the series has been the pick of the bowlers with high betting odds in his favor. Wahab Riaz also put up a great bowling performance in the T20 series, picking up 5 scalps to become the leading wicket taker. Despite of all the issues in the batting unit, Babar Azam appears to be in good form and can be considered for betting on in the final ODI.
Going into the final one-day game, it is New Zealand that is looking better of the two sides. With a more balanced squad, the home team is more likely to emerge victorious in this encounter. Pakistan, however, can't be ruled out just yet. With a lethal combo of pace and spin paired with desperation for a win, the visitors could very well stun the Kiwis. But let's just hope the rain doesn't intrude again.
Betting odds for New Zealand vs Pakistan 3rd ODI:
New Zealand - 1.45 ; Pakistan - 3.05
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