India vs New Zealand Warm-up match: India lose by 6 wickets, Virat Kohli stays calm
New Delhi : Team India batting order failed drastically against the New Zealand in a warm-up match on May 25 (Saturday). Captain Virat Kohli blamed bad weather for it and calmly acknowledged the defeat saying we must prepare for such condition.
In 39.2 overs, India managed to score 179 runs. Ravindra Jadega scored highest 54 runs in 50 balls and Hardik Pandya contributed 30 runs in 37 balls.
Post defeat, Virat Kohli accepted that the things did not go as per plan. New Zealand achieved the target in 37.1 overs for the loss of 4 wickets.
Virat Kohli said, "Things did not go as per plan, though India is ready for the World Cup championships. If there are clouds on the England skies then we must prepare to see opening batting order struggling and the latecomers must be capable of holding the situation. After losing five wickets for mere 50 runs, scoring 180 is a good effort."
"In a tournament like world cup, the opening order may collapse but the way Hardik and Jadeja scored runs with Mahendra Singh Dhoni playing a sensible game, India can hope for a better show in coming days," he added.
For bowling he said, "we kept New Zealand at a low scoring rate of just 4.5 runs per over, in this regard we performed well on the bowling side too."
For New Zealand, captain Kane Williamsons (67) and Ross Taylor (71) scored half centuries to ensure a comfortable 6 wicket win against India in the practise match.