India and New Zealand meet in a five-match one-day series from Sunday. It should be far more competitive than the anti-climax of the home team's three-zip success in the Tests. That's because ODI cricket can be a great leveller. Conditions, floodlights, white balls and powerplays can reduce a gulf. Not that it should be required. These two are supposed to be evenly matched.
The ICC rankings pitch New Zealand as the third-best team in the world. India are one spot behind. The value bell starts to ring when immature prices have India as short as 1.251/4 for victory and the Kiwis at 3.39/4. The draw is 3.711/4. We expect home and away to settle at 1.42/5 plays 3.02/1.
New Zealand perhaps personify better than any other team the gap between Tests and ODI. In the former the technical nuances of the game - like playing spin - and having the strength of character to keep an opponent down, are often beyond them.
Over a shorter time frame, however, they are more adept at keeping their concentration and each player knows exactly what his job is. It's as if Test cricket taxes their brains and in ODI the attitude is 'see ball, hit ball'.
They have as many batsman as India in the top ten rankings. Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill (top runscorer in the World Cup) are at Nos 5 and 6. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are Nos 2 and 7. Shikhar Dhawan is at No 10 but has not been picked.
With the ball, New Zealand have a clear edge. Trent Boult is rated No 1 while Matt Henry is at No 5. With Ravi Ashwin and Ravi Jadeja rested for the first three ODI and Bhuv Kumar injured, India can call on only one bowler in the top 35 - Axar Patel.
What goes against New Zealand is India's extraordinary home record. Of their last 14 series they have lost only two. One was against Pakistan in 2012 when they turned in a performance which can only be described as bizarre. The other was last year against South Africa; losing the odd game in five.
India have rarely hosted New Zealand in two-team series. All four meetings were won by India, although their relevance is debatable. The last - a 5-0 whitewash - was six years ago. The previous series was in 1999.
We are also wary of setting too much store by the 4-1 beating India suffered in New Zealand in 2014. Pitch and weather conditions are expected to be totally different.
Still, we do not have to believe New Zealand are the better team to consider them value. All that is required is to reckon they can go toe-to-toe in a contest where the toss in each of the five games will surely be crucial.
In all five matches in India's most recent series - against South Africa - the side batting first won each of them. That is particularly pertinent for game one at Dharamsala, a notoriously slow wicket.
New Zealand benefitted hugely from that track in their World Twenty20 run, squeezing the life out of Australia when defending 143. It's a good skill to have in the locker for a tour of India.
Conversely, they might not do so well when it is India applying the pressure. Their batsmen came unstuck against England in that tournament when the boot was on the other foot.
The fact that Ashwin and Jadeja, their tormentors in the Tests, will not be around initially should reduce anxiety somewhat. And whether India are guilty of complacency in not picking their strongest XI remains to be seen.
In addition to Ashwin and Jadeja's unavailability, the wily Mohammad Shami has been told to put his feet up. Shami's death bowling is a loss. Suresh Raina is also out of game one with a viral infection.
MS Dhoni leads with much emphasis on the run-scoring of Kohli and Sharma. Nothing wrong with that as the pair are stellar but there is a worry they might be a little one-dimensional.
A tight series could well be in the offing. A 3-2 win for India should come in at around 2.89/5 and around 5.04/1 for New Zealand. Backing both outcomes could pay off. A 4-1 India win will be 3.02/1 or a little more. You will get big numbers on 4-1 New Zealand.
New Zealand to win series at 3.02/1