Boult strikes as New Zealand thrash India in World Cup warm-up

Tanya Simon
May 26, 2019

There was a possibility that after IPL, played on pitches devoid of any lateral movement and conditions that didn't aid swing bowling, the footwork would remain a touch iffy for Indian batsmen. The outing at the Kennigton Oval will go beyond experimenting with their highly skilled bowling attack, and quite a bit of focus will be on K L Rahul and Vijay Shankar, contenders for the number four slot. However, Trent Boult shed fire with the new ball as he removed Rahul while Jimmy Neesham removed Kohli to have India at 39 for four.

Dubbed the most challenging World Cup ever owing to a format that is a throwback to the 1992 edition, Virat Kohli's team still arrived at the United Kingdom confident of adding to its two titles in the International Cricket Council's (ICC) showpiece event.

Full ScheduleRoss Taylor then top scored with 71 as the 2015 finalists coasted to 180-4 in 38 overs.

New Zealand's second and final warm-up fixture is against the West Indies at Bristol, starting Tuesday night (NZT), where seamer Matt Henry can expect to get a run after being left out of the 13 to face India, while wicketkeeper Tom Latham remains doubtful due to his finger injury. India won the tournament in 1983 and 2011. They begin their campaign in tournament proper against South Africa in Southampton on June 5, but India will get their first feel of the mega event in the iconic British capital.

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Earlier, Boult removed openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan for two apiece to leave India 10 for two.

Kohli admitted his side couldn't execute their plans. Hardik batted well, MS absorbed the pressure well and Jadeja played well.

Skipper Virat Kohli (18 off 24) tried to get in and even played some handsome shots, but got out to Colin De Grandhomme while playing the wrong line. New Zealand sealed victory with six wickets in hand and almost 13 overs to spare.

New Zealand skittled India out for 179 in the 40th over at The Oval with only all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja's 54 saving the tournament favourites from an embarrassingly lower total.

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