ICC Cricket World Cup Warm-up Matches, 2019
Venue: The Oval, London
Date & Time: 25 May 2019
RR: 4.84 | New Zealand beat India by 6 wickets
End of the first warm-up games for these two sides. India will now wait for Bangladesh in their next warm-up game whereas New Zealand will face West Indies. There though is time for those two. On Sunday, South Africa will go up against West Indies and Pakistan will face Bangladesh. Though if you want more cricket right now, there is also a warm-up game going on between Australia and England which is turning out to be quite interesting. Switch tabs and follow the same. Goodbye from us! Cheers.
Victorious New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson says that the new ball had something early on that surface and this game it was about the pacers. He hopes that the next match maybe, it will be possible to try spin some more. He states that the wicket was a bit on the drier side but the green grass allowed for some seam movement. He admits this was a really good exercise for them . Even though he states that there is not the same intensity but so much to gain out of these warm-up games. On the change of openers, Kane says that Henry is volatile and can bat at different places whereas Munro is known to be destructive at the top. On his and Ross Taylor's form, the Kiwi skipper says it felt good to score runs against a good side like India and stitch a partnership.
India skipper, Virat Kohli says that it was a good challenge for their batsmen. He reckons that in overcast conditions and with the wicket having something in it, it won't be easy so this was an important experience. He applauds the good effort from lower order to take them to the total of 179 after at one stage, it looked they would not get there. Kohli feels that there was not much help from the wicket in the second innings. He takes positives from the way in terms of how Jadeja, Dhoni and Hardik performed. The Indian skipper also states that they bowled well in the second half and thinks it is about hitting the right areas going ahead in the tournament as well. He mentions that it is important to be good on the field and take half-chances while also being good in all 3 aspects of the game.
Ross Taylor says that he had felt rusty the last couple of days but the warm-up games are thus very important. He feels that if the ball swings like this, then all the talk about the big scores will be quashed. Reckons it was a good game this one and that the next one against West Indies will also be a very important one in their lead-up to the opening group stage match against Sri Lanka.
Earlier in the day, Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat first. Their innings did not get off to a good start as they kept losing wickets regularly. Jadeja's half century took India to a respectable total and gave them something to bowl at. James Neesham and Trent Boult were the stars of the match picking up 3 and 4 wickets respectively. Stay tuned for the presentations.
As for India's bowling, 7 bowler's were used in total. All the six front line bowlers and the all-rounder Hardik Pandya had a go with the ball. Jasprit Bumrah was the most impressive bowler. Giving away just 2 runs and picking up a wicket in his four overs. Hardik Pandya, Chahal and Jadeja too got into the wicket column with one each.
Chasing 180, the Kiwis did not get off to the start they would have wanted as Colin Munro departed early. Kane Williamson then steadied the ship along with Martin Guptill. Though the latter could not convert his start. He was then joined by the experienced Ross Taylor. The duo added 114-run stand for the third wicket with both getting their respective fifties. The duo could not finish it off for their side as Williamson departed after the team total got past 150 and Taylor got out when the team was just a run shy from victory. In the end it was a good day for New Zealand.
A stroll in the park here for New Zealand. Though they lost a wicket early on they never looked in danger in this chase. Defending 179 in any surface was always going to be difficult and it was no different here.
Tom Blundell walks out to bat next.
Kuldeep Yadav is back on.
Henry Nicholls walks out at number 5 for New Zealand.
Yuzvendra Chahal is back on.
Ravindra Jadeja comes on now.
Spin from both ends. Kuldeep Yadav comes into the attack now.
Spin time! Yuzvendra Chahal comes on now.
Drinks break! India began their bowling innings with a spark by getting Munro out early but the Kiwi duo of Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill handled the innings well post that. The latter though fell in the search of quick runs and that meant that Ross Taylor came out to join his skipper in the middle and they have continued mixing caution with aggression. New Zealand are well on their way to a comfortable win unless the bowlers do something special for the Asian side. The equation is 114 in 210 balls now.
Powerplay 2 time! 4 fielders will be allowed outside the 30-yard circle now till the end of the 40th over.
Ross Taylor walks out at number 4.
Hardik Pandya comes on now, replacing Bumrah!
Mohammed Shami to bowl now.
Kane Williamson walks out to bat at his customary number 3 slot.
Jasprit Bumrah to bowl with the other new ball.
We are back for the chase. New Zealand need just 180 and their two openers, Martin Guptill and Colin Munro are out in the middle. For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has the new ball in his hand. Also, Dinesh Karthik is wearing the keeper's mits! Let's play!