Published: Sun, May 26, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

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

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

Also, he is hoping to get "better wickets to bat" during the World Cup 2019.

While far from alone, the Black Caps' preparation for this pinnacle tournament could hardly be described as ideal.

India captain Virat Kohli. In a tournament like WC, the lower order has to score at times if the top-order gets out quickly. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor put on a century stand to deflate the Indian bowling attack as the Kiwis got home with six wickets in hand and almost 13 overs to spare.

Where to live streaming of the warm-up match between India and New Zealand? It's going to be a good challenge, but us as a bowling unit, we're definitely looking forward to it, but we'll take some confidence out of today. We are trying to be flexible as we know Munro can be destructive. "It was hard. but nothing to worry, we'll do whatever little bit of tuning is needed".

Indeed, a high-scoring tournament is expected. We can expect that in some places in England when conditions are overcast.

"But yeah, the biggest challenge will be when it's not swinging and not nipping around a little bit". Wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal add variety to India's attack, and Kohli sees them playing an influential role in the coming weeks.

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The skipper was happy with how the lower order batsmen showed resilience.

Vijay Shankar suffered an injury scare on Friday as he was hit on the forearm in training by pace bowler Khaleel Ahmed but it is thought to be nothing serious while Kedar Jadhav has not been training at full tilt just yet and he is unlikely to figure too much in this match.

The Oval surface got easier to bat on as the game progressed.

Both sides return to action on Tuesday, with India facing Bangladesh in Cardiff and the Kiwis taking on West Indies in Bristol.

Their total of 179 all out - with Trent Boult (four for 33) and James Neesham (three for 26) doing the damage - was never enough to trouble their opponents.

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