Ravindra Jadeja, India, New Zealand, World Cup 2019
Ravindra Jadeja saved India the blushes as the allrounder’s 54 helped the team score 179 after being reduced to 91/7. @Twitter/Cricket World Cup

Top order failed with the bat but Ravindra Jadeja’s 54 saved the team the blushes as India scored 179, batting first, against New Zealand in their first warm-up game at the Kennington Oval in London on Saturday ahead of the World Cup.

In the cloudy and overcast London conditions, Indian batting cut a sorry figure.

While the opening duo of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan scored two runs each, KL Rahul, batting at number four, could only score six runs. Skipper Virat Kohli, meanwhile, scored 18 runs before being dismissed by Colin de Grandhomme.

India were reduced to 24/3 as Trent Boult derailed the Indian innings, dismissing Rohit, Dhawan and Rahul. While Hardik Pandya scored 30 off 37 balls, Jimmy Neesham, who scalped three wickets, ended his innings. (IND vs NE: FOLLOW LATEST UPDATES)

While the jolt before the main tournament gets away is better than facing the heat during the group games, the manner in which the trio of Rohit, Dhawan and Rahul will leave a lot to ponder about for coach Ravi Shastri.

Rohit was dismissed in typical fashion as the ball from Boult pitched in line and came back in to trap the opener right in front of the wicket. For Dhawan, the ball cut back in, the lack of footwork once again on display and the edge landing safely in the hands of the keeper.

As for Rahul, the Kiwi pace spearhead decided that he had pitched enough deliveries in the driving zone and pitched one short to catch Rahul unawares.

MS Dhoni too could not score big and got out for 17 off Tim Southee as India cut a sorry figure with the score of 91/7.

Jadeja though added some respectability to the Indian total as the allrounder scored 54 off 50 balls, hitting 6 fours and 2 sixes and take India to 179.

(With inputs from IANS)