World Cup: We need to be precise in all departments, says Kohli

Team India captain Virat Kohli expressed happiness with the way Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya batted.

Kohli: "In a tournament like World Cup, the lower order has to score at times if the top-order gets out quickly."   -  getty images

Team India skipper Virat Kohli, on Saturday, said the fielders will have a crucial role going into the World Cup in England.

"Those half-chances will count. We will have to be precise in every department," Kohli said following his team's six-wicket loss to New Zealand in the first warm-up match in London.

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While the top-order failed to fire in conditions favouring swing and seam, Ravindra Jadeja came good with the bat; his 54 off 50 helping India to 179. And Kohli expressed happiness with the way a couple of batsmen fared.

"It was a very good innings from Jadeja. From 50 for 4 to get to 180 was a good effort. In a tournament like World Cup, the lower order has to score at times if the top-order gets out quickly. Hardik (Pandya) batted well, M.S. (Dhoni) absorbed the pressure well," Kohli said.

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Good practice

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said the decision to open with Colin Munro was taken keeping the flexibility of the batting line-up in mind. "We are trying to be flexible as we know Munro can be destructive. Spending some time against a quality side like India is always good," Williamson said.

"The new ball had a lot of seam movement and little bit of swing. We didn't get much from spin but we have another warm up game. There was some green grass on top. It happened quicker in the first innings as it slowed down in the second."