The World T20 Tournament Super 10 phase gets under way on Tuesday at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur with the Hosts India, taking on New Zealand in a Pool 2 match. Get the latest India v New Zealand betting tips for this opener below.
Although they were beaten in a warm up match against South Africa by 4-runs, India start the tournament as clear favourites, and given their recent for in the shortest format of the game, that is probably a position that they deserve. In the first of their two warm up games, India had beaten the West Indies by 45 runs in Kolkata.
India are looking to win the World T20 title for the first time since the inaugural competition, which was held in South Africa back in 2007, when they beat their great rivals Pakistan by 5-runs in the Johannesburg final. Their only other appearance in the Grand Final, came in Bangladesh in 2014, when they lost easily to Sri Lanka.
Opponents New Zealand, also produced their best performance in the competition at that 2007 edition of the tournament, when they reached the semi-finals.
India were beaten 0-2 in South Africa late last year, since when they have enjoyed uninterrupted success in the T20 format of the international game.
They whitewashed Australia in their own country by 3-0, before winning a home series against Sri Lanka last month by 2-1. While earlier this month, they claimed a record sixth Asia Cup title in Bangladesh, the tournament being played over the T20 version of the game.
The Black Caps have also won and lost one of their warm up fixtures. They smashed their way to 226-4 against Sri Lanka, before holding their opponents to 152-7. However, against England, they managed a less imposing 169-8, and were beaten by 4-wickets.
The Kiwis are unbeaten over their last three T20 series. An experimental side travelled to South Africa last year and shared the series 1-1. Subsequent home series have brought a 2-0 victory over Sri Lanka and a 2-1 success against Pakistan.
India and New Zealand have not faced each other in a T20I since 2012, which was the last of just four matches between the countries in this format. Perhaps surprisingly, India are still waiting to record their first win between the two.
India v New Zealand head-to-head
This is an interesting one. India have played New Zealand four times in T20I cricket and lost all four times. The absence of Brendon McCullum should help though.
India v New Zealand betting tips for the World T20 2016 match one:
India to win
Virat Kohli to top-score for India
The match begins at 7.30 pm local time (2 pm GMT) on Tuesday, March 15.