On a hot and humid day, the home team wins the warm up!

Chasing the Board President’s XI's 295, New Zealand, led by Kane Williamson, folded up for 265, enduring another day of hot and humid conditions.

Prithvi Shaw and K. L. Rahul put on 147 runs for the first wicket.   -  Vivek Bendre

Prithvi Shaw gave further proof of his potential to excel at the international level and K. L. Rahul showed fierce determination to succeed against a quality attack, and upon the strong foundation laid by these two, the Board President’s XI scored a 30-run win against New Zealand in the first warm-up game at the Brabourne Stadium on Tuesday.

The first ball was sent down at 9.30 a.m. and the last ball around 5.40 p.m. when Colin de Grandhome offered a catch to Shivam Chaudhary to signal the end of a long and competitive game. Chasing the home team’s 295, New Zealand, led by Kane Williamson, folded up for 265, enduring another day of hot and humid conditions.

Shaw and Rahul stroked and hit the ball to all parts of the field, notched up half-centuries and put on 147 runs for the first wicket. Karun Nair, too, batted well for his half-century, while Kiwi left-arm seamer Trent Boult bowled well within himself to bag five wickets. The sultry conditions saw a number of stoppages, but the two teams showed admirable attitude to compete well, right through.

The nature of the pitch allowed the batsmen to play fearless shots, though Kiwi bowlers Boult and Santner and the home team’s spinners Shahbaz Nadeem and Karn Sharma, and to an extent left-arm seamer Jatdev Unadkat, made an impact.

Astle suffers muscle strain

New Zealand leg-spinner Todd Astle, sent down three balls, pulled a muscle and was forced to see all the action from CCI’s Patiala dressing room. On the eve of the first warm-up game here, the home team skipper Shreyas Iyer was keen to know if the 31-year-old tweaker was among the six from the New Zealand 'A' team picked for the ODI and Twenty20 series. Astle has an impressive collection of wickets in first-class and limited-over competitions. The New Zealand team management said it would wait for 24 hours to assess Astle’s health condition.

 

"It’s satisfying to familiarise with the conditions here, again. It was very hot out there this afternoon, but it’s disappointing to not come away with a win.  It’s tough. It’s just what is expected in this part of the world. It’s about 7-8 degrees in New Zealand at the moment, so it’s a bit of a shock to the system to come here and to play through the heat. It  was a challenge. But we were outplayed by a quality Indian side," Boult said.

Talking about Shaw, Boult said: "I heard he was 17, I couldn’t quite believe it. He played very nicely. I think the ball swung around nicely at the start, and it didn’t seem to trouble him. He’s probably one of many who has a promising career ahead of him, if all things go well. But, very impressed from the first look."

The scores

Board President’s XI 295 for nine in 50 overs (Prithvi Shaw 66, K. L. Rahul 68, Karun Nair 78, Trent Boult five for 38) bt New Zealand 265 in 47.4 overs (Tom Latham 59, Jaydev Unadkat three for 62, Shahbaz Nadeem three for 41).

 

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