nudges a tossed up delivery on off stump to mid-on and sprints through for the quick single that gets NZ the win
That's it from us. Thanks for your company. From Danyal and me, it's good evening and get outta here.
"With the new ball, there was a little bit of seam movement, not too much swing," says Kane Williamson. "We didn't get too much from the spinners but hopefully we can get them some work in the second warm-up game. It was quicker in the first innings than the second innings, it got slower later on. Obviously, warm-up games don't carry the same intensity, but it was good for us. Henry's good, he can bat at the top and in the middle. And with Tom's finger being injured, we wanted to have Munro up there to give us options. Facing a quality side like India and scoring some runs is always good"
"Didn't go to plan. Good challenge up front though. We can expect that in some places in England when conditions are overcast. We saw that in the later half of the innings, when the lower order got stuck in. From 50 for 4 to get to 180 was a good effort. And of course, there wasn't much in the pitch when we came ot bowl," Kohli says. "In a tournament like the World CUp, the top order can go off sometimes, so Hardik getting runs, MS absorbing pressure and Jadeja's fifty, those were good positives. We bowled well - they were going at 4, 4.5 per over - and looking at that in isolation we did well. Fielders are going to play a crucial role, half chances will be massive. We'll have to be precise in all three departments"
"Felt rusty at the start," says Ross Taylor. "Getting over jetlag and everything. But that's why we warm up. Definitely a little bit in there, a bit of swing. Been a lot of talk about big scores, but if the ball does swing like that, it'll be great. Didn't see the sun as often as I saw today from when I got here. Bowlers had a good hit. Haven't played for a long time as a team. The second game against West Indies would be good too. [The sharp catch to dismiss Bhuvi] I didn't really see it, but I'll take it"
4.40 pm Early night for all at The Oval then. New Zealand must have had fun out there, first bowling on the pitch when it was at its most helpful, and then batting on it when it had dried out under the sunshiine. Trent Boult was practically unplayable. Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson were unflappable. Good performance all round, but they will know that this result won't really count for much, if only because such spicy pitches are very unlikely to be seen in the tournament proper
Virat Kohli and his team are in good spirits despite the "loss". The fast bowlers were protected. The spinners, especially Kuldeep, needed some overs under their belt and they've done that, although I think the left-arm spinner is bowling a little slower (70kph) than is ideal in English conditions. Chahal though hit the right pace, somewhere in the 85 kph range and got a lot more purchase off the pitch.
stretches forward to the good length ball outside off and blocks
full and sliding into middle and leg, Blundell defends
Akhilesh: "Lets do this...kohli as a batsman..rohit as captain..that guy can scare people under the helmet...all Indian fans will agree...# kohlisfaceunderhelmetinachase"
oh how sweet. he pops a dolly to the India captain at cover just as NZ are all set to win
sweeps the short ball on off stump to deep square leg
full and outside off, he drives through the covers
shifts back to a flatter delivery on off stump and punches to long-off
lifts it over the vacant mid-off region
Jaimin Thakker: "So, what is the takeaway from this game by batting first? Can India now claim that they know how to bat on a lively wicket and that they are now unbeatable on such surfaces?" --- 10/10 for sarcasm!
dropped, but it had to be a reflex catch for DK behind the stumps. In any case, he must be utterly surprised that Taylor isn't bowled, playing a cut shot to a good length ball on off stump
whips the flatter googly, coming into him on leg stump, to deep square leg
another drag-down from Kuldeep, and this time Nicholls misses out, cutting straight to cover
short and spinning away, which allows him to rock back and cut to deep point, where Dhoni runs around and does the fielding
steps out looking to launch the ball over the bowler's head, but Kuldeep gets it to dip and drift on the left-hander, securing his inside edge to long leg
SACHU: "New Zealand bowled 6 overs of spin in total. India is bowling their 18th in 34th over. Why???" --- Cause the pitch has settled down. No help for the quicks.
glides the shortish delivery outside off to third man
quicker deliveyr on leg stump, he flicks to midwicket
goes for the lap sweep, finding a single at long leg
full on leg stump, defends towards mid-on
excellent timing this time from Nicholls. Course, it's a short ball and it's sitting up to be hit and he whacks it to the square leg boundary
taps into the covers
|Kennington Oval, London|
|Toss||India, elected to bat first|
|Players per side||India 13 (11 batting, 11 fielding); New Zealand 13 (11 batting, 11 fielding)|
|Hours of play (local time)||10.30 start, First Session 10.30-14.00 Interval 14.00-14.45, Second Session 14.45-18.15|
|Match days||25 May 2019 - day (50-over match)|
Kohli pleased with India's lower-order fightback
Ravindra Jadeja a worthy senior statesman
|HM Nicholls||not out||15||28|
|TA Blundell||not out||0||2|
|Total||180(4 wkts; 37.1 ovs)|