CWC 2019 : An eye-opener for India in warm-up against New Zealand

Just a hint of seam movement and swing is what humbled India in today’s warm up match against the black caps. This kind of wicket against the Pakistan in Champions Trophy final against Pakistan baffled Indian batting line-up then and it seems like Men-in-blue haven’t learned much from their previous outing in England. 

New Zealand chased down the 180-run target with 77 balls remaining to hand India a six-wicket defeat in their first 2019 World Cup warm-up match today. All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja top-scored for India with 54 runs off 50 deliveries, while 2015 World Cup’s joint-highest wicket-taker Trent Boult took 4/33. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor scored fifties to take New Zealand home. 

It was two almost flawless innings from Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor that definitively took the game away from them. Clinical performance from the Newzealand. They impressed with the ball – in particular Trent Boult, who dismissed three of the top four in his opening spell – and then followed it up by calmly accumulating the runs with the bat. 

However, India can take some positives from that, in particular the gutsy fifty from Jadeja and the Jasprit Bumrah’s 1/2 from four overs.

New Zealand play their final warm-up against the West Indies in Bristol on Tuesday, and the same day India will face Bangladesh in Cardiff.