In the warm-up fixture between India and New Zealand, the former nicked the match by 45 before being washed with downpours. It was a victory by D/L method as Virat Kohli unlocked Indian’s campaign with an unbeaten half century. New Zealand’s inning was challenged with spells from Mohammed Shami, slogged at a low score of 189. In the chase, the Kiwis bowled 26 overs where India reached 129 for 3, enough for the win.
Trent Boult and Tim Southee managed to put some pressure at the beginning. Ajinkya Rahane was removed at a bouncer from Southee bringing Kohli to the crease. The captain did not wait much to unleash his strike with punches, pulls, and cuts forging a partnership of 68 runs with Shikhar Dhawan.
Dhawan scored 40 off 59 balls until he returned in the 19th over. While, Virat Kohli remained unbeaten until the match stopped hauling the chase to victory. The skipper scored 52 off 55 balls. The inning also witnessed a grand strike from MS Dhoni hammering two fours and a six to score 17 off 21. It was a substantial addition to the score making the victory easier. Dhawan started slowly and was dropped in an early over. In the chase, Dinesh Karthik ducked out after playing nine balls for nothing. Kohli also had a life at 45.
Earlier in New Zealand’s inning, India bowlers dominated denying any partnerships. Mohammed Shami attached early taking down three wickets. The ninth over where he removed Kane Williamson and Neil Broom was a breaker. Luke Ronchi played more than 20 overs striking a half century. He scored 66 off 63. Most of his runs came off Hardik Pandya, who bowled three overs to give 29 runs.
A strong attack was from Bhuvneshwar Kumar claiming three wickets slogging the lower order. The inning had the support from James Neesham at the lower order. He scored 46 off 47 balls, remaining unbeaten. The Kiwis batted only 38.4 overs, exhausting the batting line up.
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