India Shocked By Resurgent New Zealand
New Zealand 301-9 (Broom 66, Guptill 63) beat
India 198 (Nayar 41, Oram 2-26) by 103 runs
ICC Champions Trophy warm-up, Potchefstroom
New Zealand bounced back from their loss at the hands of the Chevrolet Warriors to stun India, pulling off a 103-run win over a side expected to feature heavily in the latter stages of the ICC Champions Trophy.
This was, admittedly an Indian side which left out Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and Harbhajan Singh but they will nonetheless be concerned about being bowled out for 198 in reply to New Zealand's impressive 301 for nine.
That score was built around half-centuries from Neil Broom (66), Martin Guptill (63) and Jesse Ryder (57). Broom's runs came from just 44 balls at the death as he blasted five fours and four sixes while Ryder hammered ten fours and a six during his 48-ball innings.
India's back-up bowlers struggled, Praveen Kumar leaking 48 runs in five overs but spinners Amit Mishra (1-29) and Yusuf Pathan (3-46) showed good form.
That form was not translated into a a good batting performance despite an opening stand of 58 between Rahul Dravid (37) and Dinesh Karthik (20).
Suresh Raina, restored to the number three position, made 31 and Abhishek Nayar crashed 41 in 36 balls at the death but the middle order contributed little, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (9), Yuvraj Singh (9) and Pathan (13) all falling cheaply, Pathan and Yuvraj both dismissed by Shane Bond, who was one of three bowlers, along with Jacob Oram and Daniel Vettori, to pick up two wickets.
Amit Mishra completed a fine all-round personal performance by hitting 26, putting on 67 with Nayar for the seventh wicket but there was precious little for India to cheer ahead of the tournament proper.
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