Gearing up for some quality spin test, New Zealand will look to get into the groove when they face the Board President’s XI in a warm-up game as a precursor to their limited-overs series against India. The Kiwis arrived as many as 10 days before what their captain Kane Williamson called it a ‘short tour’ to leave no stone unturned in preparations for the three-match ODI and T20I series against India. Six of the 15-member squad were picked from the New Zealand A team which was already in India playing unofficial four-day Tests and limited-overs matches. New Zealand have won the toss and have opted to bowl.
10:44 hrs IST: Drinks break in Mumbai and BP XI are 77/0 after 16 overs.
10:41 hrs IST: BP XI are 73/0 at the end of 15 overs. Both Prithvi and Rahul are batting on 32. Colin de Grandhomme has replaced Adam Milne after the latter was sent for a towering six over his head by Prithvi.
10:26 hrs IST: Not vicious turn, but Mitchell Santner’s proving to be a wily customer so far. He’s beaten Prithvi twice while Rahul’s not even trying to hit him big. BP XI 53/0 at the end of 12 overs.
10:16 hrs IST: The ice-packs are out as well with Southee rubbing one on his neck. No, not an injury or a muscle pull, it’s the heat that has welcomed the Kiwis here at the Brabourne Stadium.
10:14 hrs IST: End of nine overs and there has been a bowling change from both ends. Santner will bowl the 10th over while Adam Milne replaces Tim Southee. Both Prithvi and Rahul are batting on 17. BP XI are 42/0 at the end of nine overs.
10:00 hrs IST: At the end of six overs, BP XI are 29/0. Rahul is batting on 15 while Prithvi is on 7. While both batsmen seem to have settled in, there’s a fair amount of bounce on offer for Trent Boult and Tim Southee.
9:44 hrs IST: A decent start from India. At the end of three overs, Rahul’s batting on 11 while Prithvi is on five. The Karnataka sent two cracking shots to the fence.
9:30 hrs IST: Prithvi Shaw and KL Rahul have come out to open for Board President’s XI.
9:22 hrs IST: For BP XI, Avesh Khan and Shahbaz Nadeem will be playing only as bowlers. For New Zealand, Glenn Phillips and Tom Latham will share the wicket-keeping duties.
9:20 hrs IST: New Zealand have won the toss and have opted to bowl against Board President’s XI
9:15 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to HT’s live coverage of the cricket match between Indian Board President’s XI and New Zealand.
New Zealand’s senior players including Williamson, Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill would like to get some runs under their belt before going into the series.
Board President’s XI, on the other hand, is a relatively young side captained by Mumbai batsman Shreyas Iyer, who has been in good form for the India A team. Youngsters including Iyer, Karun Nair, keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw will be keen to make a mark and impress the selectors.
KL Rahul, who was dropped from the Indian cricket team for the three ODIs against New Zealand cricket team, has been included as an additional member in the Board President’s XI side.