New Zealand v England 3rd T20 Betting Preview

| February 13, 2013

It is all to play for in the third and final Twenty20 International between New Zealand and England on Friday as the series is locked at 1-1.

This third encounter comes from Wellington and both sides will be looking to claim the early bragging rights and get a psychological advantage ahead of the One Day International and Test series.

England dominated the first T20 and won by 40 runs, but once again, they could not show any sort of consistency and went down by 55 runs in the second match at Hamilton.

New Zealand set 193 to win, but England were bowled all-out for an abysmal 137. The start was what cost the Three Lions and as soon as they were 9/2, the target was always going to be too big.

Stuart Broad now has a job on his hands to raise spirits in the group as they have to win this one to come out on top in the series.

When at their best, England are as good as anyone, but they are not at the top of their game enough at the moment.

Bets on an away win will give you odds of 3/4 with Sportingbet.

The Kiwis will have all the momentum coming into this T20 after their performance in Hamilton last time out.

With the bat, they set a massive total and had captain Brendon McCullum to thank for some superb big-hitting. The wicket-keeper ended up 74 runs from just 38 balls, which shows you the importance and sheer class of his knock.

With the ball, Ian Butler was the man who grabbed the headlines as he took two wickets for just nine runs off his four overs.

Everything clicked for New Zealand last time out and if they can perform like that throughout the tour, then there is no reason why they cannot challenge England in all formats of the game. They are at 6/4 with SkyBet to win here.

The batsman have dominated the series so far, so betting on who might be the leading run scorer for their team has to be the most popular bet for this one.

It is no surprise that McCullum is the man that the bookmakers fancy to score a lot of runs again as he is at 3/1 with Stan James.

Then, Jos Buttler, who was the only man to really trouble the scores for England on Tuesday is available at 13/2 with BetVictor to continue his good form.

For this eagerly anticipated T20 international though, we think that New Zealand batsman Hamish Rutherford will be the main man with the bat for his country after a decent knock of 40 in the previous match. He can be back at 4/1 with William Hill.

With plenty at stake, it should be a cracking 40 overs of cricket.

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