Prithvi Shaw scored 66 and picked 3 wickets    AFP
Prithvi Shaw scored 66 AFP

New Zealand s woes against spin continued with the national side as well after their A team was mauled by India A. In their first warm-up tie against Board President s XI (BP XI), Kane Williamson s men were handed a 30-run defeat. It was Prithvi Shaw early blitz and Shahbaz Nadeem’s wizardry, that provided BP XI the win; scored 66 and picked crucial wickets. For the visitor’s it was Colin de Grandhomme that kept them in the chase but the task proved too much from him.

Chasing a stiff target of 296 runs, New Zealand were off to a poor start losing Martin Guptill. Dhawal Kulkarni was able to get Guptill caught behind for 22.

It was then skipper, Kane Williamson and Colin Munro that steadied New Zealand s ship. Williamson in particular took on the Indian Board President s XI. Munro unlike his nature played second fiddle. He shared a 69-run stand with Williamson for the second wicket before departing for 26.

Nadeem picked him with an easy caught and bowl.

Ross Taylor joined Willimason in the middle. Williamson followed suit and was dismissed for 47 in the same fashion as Munro; Karn Sharma the bowler this time.

Tom Latham came out at No.5 to steady a mini-collapse. Latham along with Taylor thwarted India s spinning threat and took New Zealand past the 150 run mark with any danger.

While Taylor took his time nudging the ball, Latham took the more aerial route during his stay in the middle. Taylor fell for a 52-ball 34 to MP pacer Avesh Khan.

Latham reached his fifty in 55-balls as Mitchell Santner joined him in the middle. Latham in an attempt to score quick runs fell to Gurkeerat Singh on 59. Nadeem soon came into the attack and rattled New Zealand s lower-order batting. He picked wickets of Adam Milne and Tim Southee for 2 and 0 respectively.

Santner along with Colin de Grandhomme did provide resistance-adding 30 runs. It was Jaydev Unadkat that broke their stand, picking up Santner s wicket for 26. He followed on to pick Trent Boult for 3 in his next over.

Undeterred by everything, Grandhomme took on the likes of Unadkat and Avesh smashing them for boundaries at will without any remorse. He was ably supported by Glenn Phillips.

In the end Grandhomme managed a 23-ball 33 to finally fall to Unadkat closing New Zealand’s innings on 265 in 47.4 overs.

Put into bat by New Zealand, BP XI managed 295 runs in their 50-overs courtesy Shaw, KL Rahul and Karun Nair. The trio alone added 212 runs for the side, as BP XI suffered a collapse thanks to Trent Boult s devastating 5-for.

Brief scores:

Indian BP XI 295 for 9 in 50 overs (Prithvi Shaw 66, KL Rahul 68, Karun Nair 78; Trent Boult 5 for 38) beat New Zealand 265 all out in 47.4 overs (Kane Williamson 47, Tom Latham 59; Shahbaz Nadeem 3 for 41) by 30 runs.