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Taylor, Latham strike form ahead of series against India

Ross Taylor scored 102 off 83 deliveries
Ross Taylor scored 102 off 83 deliveries

New Zealand 343-9 (Latham 108) beat
Indian Board President's XI 310 (Gurkeerat 65) by 33 runs
Tour game, Warm-up game, Mumbai

Ross Taylor and Tom Latham slammed centuries for New Zealand as they went on to beat Indian Board President's XI by 33 runs in the second warm-up game at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.

Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and opted to bat first. Martin Guptill (32) and Colin Munro (26) provided a solid start of 46 runs off just 47 deliveries before the latter was accounted by Jaydev Unadkat (4-57). Skipper Kane Williamson (2) also fell early as New Zealand were reduced to 48 for two.

Guptill, who was looked good failed to convert his start as be held a return catch to leg-spinner Karn Sharma (2-45) but the innings was set back on track by Taylor (102) and Latham (108) with their 166 run stand for the fourth wicket.

Both the batsmen went at a strike-rate of over 100 and completed their respective centuries before stepping out to give others a chance. Cameos from Henry Nicholls (24) and Mitchell Santner (28) ensured New Zealand posted 343 for nine in the 50 overs.

In the chase, even though Prithvi Shaw (22) and Karun Nair (53) gave a promising start to the innings, a double strike each from Munro (2-25) and Mitchell Santner (3-44) pegged back the home side's momentum.

Gurkeerat Singh Mann (65) and a late cameo from Unadkat (44) took India to 310 runs before they were bowled out in 47.1 overs.

New Zealand will now take on India in the first One-Day International on Sunday.

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