It was not an ideal preparation but New Zealand made good use of their time in the middle against Mumbai on day one of their only warm-up match ahead of the three-Test series against India. With the pitch having a thin grass cover, the ball did not spin much, allowing the visiting batsmen to bat freely.
Kane Williamson scored 50 off 56 balls amd had a comfortable stay at the crease and so did Tom Latham managed to add 55 off 97 balls before getting retired out. While senior player Ross Taylor and Mitchell Santner added 41 and 45 runs respectively.
With an hour for stumps, the visitors declared their first innings at 324 for seven. Mumbai, in response, were 29 before opener Jay Bista was caught behind on Trent Boult’s delivery. Arman Jaffer (24) and Kaustubh Pawar (5) are still at the crease when the stumps were drawn.
The stand out bowler for Mumbai was Balwinder Sandhu Jr, who took two wickets. The bowling otherwise didn’t trouble the Kiwi’s much.
Mumbai trail by 295 runs with 9 wickets remaining in the 1st innings.
New Zealand: 324/7 decl in 75 overs (Williamson 50, Latham 55, Taylor 41; Sandhu 2/21).
Mumbai 29/1 in 13