Solid top order helps NZ seize initiative in warm-up game

Tom Latham and Kane Williamson scored half-centuries on Day One of the warm-up fixture at Feroz Shah Kotla; Trent Boult struck early to peg Mumbai back.

Tom Latham spent valuable time in the middle as he piled up a half-century.   -  AP (File Photo)

New Zealand got the better part of the bargain on Day One of its three-day practice match following a good ‘hit’ in the middle and then pushing Mumbai on the defensive with an early wicket.

Asked to bat on a warm Friday, New Zealand briskly scored 324 for seven in 73 overs and declared the innings. Thereafter, when Mumbai batted, speedster Trent Boult sent back Jay Bista in the first over. At stumps, Mumbai was 29 for one

Playing in India for the first time, Tom Latham hit 10 boundaries in his 55 but equally significant was the fact that he spent over two and a half hours in the middle. Unlike his teammates, Latham displayed more patience and looked very comfortable against the variety of bowlers he faced before deciding to retire.

Skipper Kane Willamson was more dominating in his 50, by punishing the spinners more. Ross Taylor fell for 41 after hitting two sixes and four (out of five) boundaries off leg-spinner Parikshit Valsangkar.

In the latter part of the innings, the spin-trio of Mitchell Santner, Mark Craig and Ish Sodhi proved they were no bunny with the bat. All nine Kiwi batsmen on view reached double figures and sent the ball across the ropes at least twice. The fact that New Zealand managed to hit nine sixes and 44 boundaries truly reflected its positive approach. The hot conditions prevailing in the capital did make things difficult for the visiting team but every Kiwi batsman showed the willingness to stay at the wicket.

Barring the early exit of off-form Martin Guptill, who hit a six off the fifth delivery of the match off Balwinder Sandhu but later fell to the same bowler in chasing an away-swinger, New Zealand had every reason to be pleased.

Among the nine Mumbai bowlers on view, only Sandhu made an impression following his disciplined effort.

The scores:

New Zealand-1st innings: Martin Guptill c Tare b Sandhu 15 (19b, 1x1, 1x6), Tom Latham (retired out) 55 (97b, 10x4, 1x6), Kane Williamson c Tare b Sandhu 50 (56b, 6x4, 2x6), Ross Taylor lbw b Gohil 41 (57b, 5x4, 2x6), Henry Nicholls lbw b Lad 29 (49, 5x4), B. J. Watling (retired out) 21 (52b, 2x4), Mitchell Santner c Gohil b Dabholkar 45 (58b, 9x4, 1x6), Mark Craig (not out) 33 (44b, 3x4, 1x6), Ish Sodhi (not out) 29 (44b, 3x4, 2x6), Extras (b-2, lb-1, nb-3) 6, Total (for seven wickets decl.) 324.

Fall of wickets: 1-30, 2-115, 3-151, 4-184, 5-210, 6-235, 7-281.

Mumbai bowling: Balwinder Sandhu 11-5-21-2, Tushar Deshpande 5-0-29-0, Vishal Dabholkar 14-0-75-1, Royston Dias 6-2-20-0, Parikshit Valsangkar 9-1-46-0, Harshal Soni 4-0-21-0, Vijay Gohil 13-1-58-1, Siddhesh Lad 9-1-34-1, Jay Bista 4-0-17-0.

Mumbai-1st innings: Jay Bista c Watling b Boult 0 (3b), Kaustabh Pawar (batting) 5 (37b), Armaan Jaffer (batting) 24 (38b, 3x1, 1x6), Total (for one wicket in 13 overs) 29.

Fall of wicket: 1-0.

New Zealand bowling: Trent Boult 3-2-5-1, Neil Wagner 4-2-3-0, Mitchell Santner 4-1-10-0.