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Indian Board President’s XI down New Zealand by 30 runs in first tour match

KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw and Karun Nair hit fifties to set up victory for the Indian Board President’s XI cricket team in the first of two one-day warm-up games against the touring New Zealand.

india-vs-new-zealand-2017 Updated: Oct 17, 2017 19:39 IST
Devarchit Varma
Devarchit Varma
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Karun Nair scored 78 off 64 balls to guide Indian Board President’s XI to a victory over New Zealand in their warm-up game in Mumbai.
Karun Nair scored 78 off 64 balls to guide Indian Board President’s XI to a victory over New Zealand in their warm-up game in Mumbai.(AFP)

The Indian Board President’s XI handed the touring New Zealand cricket team a 30-run defeat in the first of two one-day warm-up games played at the Brabourne Stadium here on Tuesday. (HIGHLIGHTS)

Sparkling fifties from openers KL Rahul (68) and Prithvi Shaw (66) provided the Board President’s XI the early advantage, before Karun Nair top-scored with 78 off 64 balls with 12 fours.

The Board President’s XI amassed 295 for nine and then bowled out the visitors for 265 in 47.4 overs.

New Zealand left-arm paceman Trent Boult stood out, returning figures of 9-0-38-5, but it only helped to peg the home team under 300 despite Board President’s XI reaching 147 for 1 in 25.1 overs.

The second game will be played here on Thursday, October 19.

Empty stands

With spectators not allowed inside the Brabourne Stadium, the young Indian cricketers had no one to cheer for them as they outplayed the New Zealand side in a match that did not have official status and all players could take part.

The Board President’s XI said Shahbaz Nadeem and Avesh Khan would play only as bowlers, and they got together to break New Zealand’s resistance. Left-arm spinner Nadeem took two wickets in three balls in the 41st over.

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Pace bowler Avesh, whose wayward bowling was punished by Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson (47) early on, returned for a second spell to get rid of Ross Taylor (34) and took a fine catch to remove Tom Latham (59).

New Zealand batsmen were guilty of not converting starts, from Martin Guptill onwards. He was aggressive in the beginning, but a mishit ended his stay. Williamson played an almost run-a-ball innings, Taylor’s knock was laborious while Latham fell at the wrong time to undermine the chase.

Guptill had set the tone with a 20-ball 22 (2x4, 2x6) before top-edging to Rishabh Pant.

Aggressive knock

Williamson got into rhythm soon with three boundaries off Avesh’s first over. Williamson hit strokes all around the park. However, in an effort to hit leg-spinner Karn Sharma to midwicket, Williamson got a top edge and the bowler grabbed an easy catch. The New Zealand captain hit seven fours.

Latham then teamed up with Taylor. He was aggressive Taylor failed to get any momentum, hitting one four in his 52-ball knock. Latham, dropped on 45 by Prithvi Shaw off Avesh, completed his half-century with a boundary off Nadeem, but was caught in the 40th over off Gurkeerat Mann.

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There was a flurry of wickets towards the end with Nadeem cleaning up Adam Milne (2) and Tim Southee (0), and left-arm paceman Jaydev Unadkat removed Mitchell Santner (26).

The Kiwis were sloppy in the field with Latham missing a stumping chance off Rahul, who got another lifeline after Southee, having had him caught at square leg, was found to have overstepped. New Zealand lost the services of leg-spinner Todd Astle three balls into his first over due to a groin strain.