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India outplay New Zealand in rain-affected warm-up game

Indian players celebrating the wicket of Martin Guptill (left) in the warm-up game
Indian players celebrating the wicket of Martin Guptill (left) in the warm-up game
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India 129-3 (Kohli 52no) beat
New Zealand 189 (Ronchi 66) by 45 runs D/L
Warm up game, ICC Champions Trophy, Kennington Oval

Mohammad Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar shared six wickets between them equally as India bowled out New Zealand for 189 runs and later managed to be 45 runs ahead of D/L target when rain arrived after 26 overs in the second innings during their ICC Champions Trophy warm-up game at Kennington Oval.

New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first. Luke Ronchi (66) and Martin Guptill (9) scored three boundaries between them in the first three overs before the latter was caught at mid-off to give Shami (3-47) his first wicket.

Ronchi continued playing shots and in an eventful 10th over bowled by Shami, the wicket-keeper batsman plundered two fours and a six to set the tone for the innings. But Shami, responded back strong, removing Kane Williamson (8) and Neil Broom (0) off successive deliveries.

Ronchi completed a 52-ball fifty while Corey Anderson (13) struck two boundaries in the 13th over but Kumar (3-28) got his revenge when he castled the left-hander in his next over.

The introduction of Ravindra Jadeja (2-8) saw Ronchi losing his stumps while trying to guide a ball to third man while Colin de Grandhomme (4) was stumped to leave New Zealand reeling at 116 for six.

Late efforts from James Neesham (46 not out) helped New Zealand and post 189 before they were bowled out in 38.4 overs.

Shikhar Dhawan (40) had an early reprieve when he was dropped by Broom in the second over but just before the final delivery before the break, Tim Southee (1-37) accounted for Ajinkya Rahane (7) as India scored 30 for one in the first five overs.

After a cautious start after the break, Virat Kohli (52 not out) plundered three boundaries, the third one being a drop catch from Neesham (1-11), who lost sight of the ball.

Dhawan looked scratchy but managed to stay out there for valuable practice while Kohli brought the 50-run partnership with a boundary in the 16th over. Just as the duo looked in control, Neesham had Dhawan caught at deep midwicket.

Kohli's lucky day continued as he was dropped for the second time in the covers but Trent Boult (1-34) managed to dismiss Dinesh Karthik (0) after a nine ball vigil.

MS Dhoni (17 not out) started the innings positively as the Indian captain completed a well compiled half-century at the other end. As the drizzle started, Dhoni stepped up the gear, hitting a six and a four off Boult in the 25th over, at the end of which India were placed 127 for three.

An over later, players was forced to leave the field as rain got heavier and eventually the game was called-off with India 45 runs ahead of the D/L total.

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