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Mumbai make New Zealand toil hard in warm-up game

Ish Sodhi (left) picked two wickets for New Zealand on a tough day
Ish Sodhi (left) picked two wickets for New Zealand on a tough day
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New Zealanders 324-7 dec (Latham 55) v
Mumbai 431-5 (Yadav 103)
Tour game, day two, Delhi

Five of the Mumbai batsmen crossed the 50-run mark as they went on to post 431 for five at stumps on day two managing a lead of 107 runs over New Zealanders in the tour game in Delhi.

Mumbai resumed the day at 29 for one. The overnight pair of Armaan Jaffer (69) and Kastubh Pawar (100 retired out) showed no respite as they added 106 runs for the second wicket.

Ish Sodhi (2-132) provided some relief for the New Zealand team dismissing Jaffer and Rohit Sharma (18) in quick succession. Mumbai were 133 for three at that stage.

That's when Suryakumar Yadav (103) and Pawar turned the game towards Mumbai keeping the New Zealand bowlers toil hard on a sunny day.

The pair added 155 runs for the fourth wicket to take Mumbai close to the 300-run mark. Yadav's 86-ball knock came at a strike-rate close to 120 and had nine fours and eight sixes in it.

The partnership was finally broken when Mitchell Santner (1-71) had Yadav caught by Luke Ronchi and six runs later, Pawar retired out leaving Mumbai at 294 for five.

The day went even longer for the Black Caps as Aditya Tare (53 not out) and Siddhesh Lad (86 not out) threw caution to wind and smashed the bowlers all over the ground during their unbeaten 137 run stand which came off just 132 deliveries.

Lad was the most aggressive among the duo as he smashed seven boundaries and sixes apiece with a strike-rate of 139 as Mumbai managed to post 431 for five at the end of the day. They now lead New Zealand's first innings total by 107 runs with five wickets in hand.

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