Trent Boult claimed a five-for    Getty Images
Trent Boult claimed a five-for Getty Images

At the halfway mark, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson may have wondered if he made the right call to ‘field first’ against Indian Board President’s XI (BP XI) in the tour game at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai. Cruising at 147 for no loss after 25 overs, BP XI were restricted to 295 for 9 courtesy a five-for from Trent Boult. The Kiwi left-armer gave away only 38 runs from his nine overs.

KL Rahul was fresh from warming the benches in the Australia series. He showed some good moves in Celebrity football match on Sunday but it was now time for business. He had a 17-year-old batting partner in Prithvi Shaw, who also happens to be the local boy. The duo got the Indian side to a rollicking start. The partnership reached 147 at the halfway mark when leg-spinner Ish Sodhi removed Rahul for 68. An over and four runs later, Prithvi fell to Sodhi’s spin-twin Mitchell Santner. Both batsmen were caught by substitute fielder Henry Nicholls before striking nine fours and a six respectively (quite a co-incidence).

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Karun Nair took the charge since. He did not find a stable partner but he kept the run-flow intact. He shared a 49-ball 60-run stand for the fifth wicket with Gurkeerat Singh, who contributed with 11 that came from 19 balls.

Nair too became victim of Boult in the 47th over but by then he had scored 78 from 64 balls. Earlier, Rishabh Pant was beginning to look dangerous and had raced to 15 with three fours before edging Boult to wicketkeeper Glenn Phillips.

BP XI managed 148 runs from the other 25 overs losing 9 wickets.

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) vs New Zealand.