It was the first match featuring the full squad of New Zealand on its current tour to India. The team played the warm up match against the President's XI. The latter, however, slogged the team with a defeat by 30 runs. India's XI was boosted with the score from Karun Nair, Lokesh Rahul, and Prithvi Shaw, who scored half-centuries each. In New Zealand's team, the only strong score was from Tom Latham, who scored 59. Latham is the among the prime bets of the team against India. So far, India has been the favorite team for the striker.
The President XI featured a strong partnership between Lokesh Rahul and Prithvi Shaw. The players forged the score of 147 together. The team scored 295 runs for 9 wickets. New Zealand was not devoid of an attack completely. Trent Boult, the fast bowler attacked the home team with his excellent five-wicket haul. Also, batting in the chase, there was a string contribution from Kane Williamson apart from Latham. Still, India bowlers Shahbaz Nadeem and Jaydev Unadkat emerged as adequate resistance against the players. Boult could not, but appreciate the "quality of Indian side." He said, it is a big challenge.
In the chase, India bowlers wobbled the New Zealand team taking down 5 wickets for 115 runs. It was half the inning at 24 overs bowled over. India's attack had spin options as the strongest reply to New Zealand batsmen. Spinners Karn Sharma, along with Nadeem and Unadkat found a strong form in the match. Team New Zealand's form was not worrisome whatsoever. There was strong corrdination among the batsmen forging partnerships throughout the innings. Colin Munro emerged as a strong striker, while Boult came up with spells that strangulated India's inning. The XI lost five wickets for 23 runs by the end of the inning.
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