LONDON, May 25: Indian batting line-up’s soft underbelly lay exposed in slightly favourable bowling conditions as New Zealand gave a rude wake-up call, winning the first warm-up game ahead of the ICC World Cup by six wickets here on Saturday.
Under overcast conditions, Trent Boult’s (4/33) incisive swing bowling was a test of technique for the Indian top-order batsmen and the Men In Blue never recovered from an early collapse, being bowled out for 179 in 39.2 overs.
It was a walk in the park for the ‘Black Caps’ as they reached the target in only 37.1 overs with Kane Williamson (67) and Ross Taylor (71) helping themselves to half-centuries.
While it was a warm-up game and the outcome of the result isn’t something that India would be bothered too much but what certainly would keep them worried is the failure to find a solution for their problems.
KL Rahul failed at No 4, Dinesh Karthik’s poor IPL form continued while Vijay Shankar and Kedar Jadhav’s respective injuries in all likelihood would prevent the team management from checking them out against Bangladesh in the second warm-up game at Cardiff.
The two wrist spinners – Kuldeep Yadav (0/44 in 8.1 overs) and Yuzvendra Chahal (1/37 in 6 overs), who have gone off the boil in the past few months – also didn’t make much of an impact.
India: Rohit Sharma lbw b Boult 2, Shikhar Dhawan c Tom Blundell b Boult 2, Virat Kohli b de Grandhomme 18, Lokesh Rahul b Boult 6, Hardik Pandya c Tom Blundell b Neesham 30, MS Dhoni c Neesham b Southee 17, Dinesh Karthik c Ish Sodhi b Neesham 4, Ravindra Jadeja c Guptill b Lockie Ferguson 54, Bhuvneshwar Kumar c Ross Taylor b Neesham 1, Kuldeep Yadav c & b Boult 19, Mohammed Shami not out 2. Extras: (B-4, LB-8, W-12) 24. Total: (For all out in 39.2 overs) 179. Fall of wickets: 3-1, 10-2, 24-3, 39-4, 77-5, 81-6, 91-7, 115-8, 177-9, 179-10. Bowler: Tim Southee 7-0-26-1, Trent Boult 6.2-1-33-4, Colin de Grandhomme 6-0-12-1, Lockie Ferguson 8-0-33-1, James Neesham 6-1-26-3, Mitchell Santner 3-0-19-0, Ish Sodhi 3-0-18-0.
New Zealand: Martin Guptill c Lokesh Rahul b Hardik Pandya 22, Colin Munro lbw b Jasprit Bumrah 4, Kane Williamson c Rohit Sharma b Yuzvendra Chahal 67, Ross Taylor c Virat Kohli b Ravindra Jadeja 71, Henry Nicholls not out 15, Tom Blundell not out 0. Extras: 1. Total: (For 4 wickets in 37.1 overs) 180. Fall of wickets: 8/1, 37/2, 151/3, 179/4. Bowling: Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4-0-27-0, Jasprit Bumrah 4-2-2-1, Mohammed Shami 4-0-16-0, Hardik Pandya 4-0-26-1, Yuzvendra Chahal 6-0-37-1, Kuldeep Yadav 8-1-44-0, Ravindra Jadeja 7-0-27-1. – Agencies