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  • 6:49 PM IST

    New Zealand bowlers take a beating from Mumbai batsmen. Will this story be repeated tomorrow or the Kiwis will make a comeback?

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  • 4:37 PM IST

    Live Updates, Mumbai 431/5 in 103 overs | New Zealand (324/7 dec), Batting: Aditya Tare 53 (76) Siddhesh Lad 86 (62): A total number of 17 sixes today we saw at Kotla stadium. It really has been a good day for the crowd hitting fours and sixes all around the park which made crowd stick to the stands despite a warm-up game.

  • 4:34 PM IST

    Back to back boundaries from Aditya Tare, scores his half-century from 74 balls!

  • 4:33 PM IST

    DROPPED! Siddhesh Lad dropped on 84.

  • 4:32 PM IST

    Last over of the day to be bowled, Ish Sodhi comes in to bowl.

  • 4:30 PM IST

    Live Updates, Mumbai 417/5 in 101 overs | New Zealand (324/7 dec), Batting: Aditya Tare 43 (71) Siddhesh Lad 80 (56): Noone expected Siddhesh Lad to take on the bowlers like he is doing today. It has not been a good day for bowlers with only 3 wickets falling and Kaustubh Pawar retiring after scoring his century. On the other hand Tare too is batting at a decent strike rate providing support to Lad.

  • 4:18 PM IST

    Sidhesh Lad reaches his half-century!

  • 4:08 PM IST

    It’s raining sixes at Kotla, Sidhesh Lad hits another over mid-wicket boundary for maximum!

  • 4:03 PM IST

    Kane Williamson has called up fielders away from the boundaries trying to create pressure despite the flurry of boundaries!

  • 3:52 PM IST

    Live Updates, Mumbai 331/5 in 89 overs | New Zealand (324/7 dec), Batting: Aditya Tare 17 (36) Siddhesh Lad 22 (18): Lad takes the attacking approach as he looks to take on the bowlers and extend Mumbai’s lead over the Kiwis. Skipper Aditya tare has been rather cautious in his approach knocking the ball around for the singles and finding an odd boundary!

  • 3:47 PM IST

    Siddhesh Lad sends one over mid-wicket fence for a maximum off Mark Craig!

  • 3:46 PM IST

    We have a few good fielders in the crowd, another one taken in the stands!

  • 3:36 PM IST

    Mark Craig comes back into the attack!

  • 3:32 PM IST

    DRINKS BREAK!

  • 3:22 PM IST

    Live Updates, Mumbai 298/5 in 82 overs | New Zealand (324/7 dec), Batting: Aditya Tare 2 (6) Siddhesh Lad 0 (0): Suryakumar Yadav gets out after a well scored 100. He reached his century in no time hitting 9 fours and 8 sixes. Yadav put on a good show for the crowd reaching in hundreds of numbers. Kaustubh Pawar too retired after a well-fought 100. He held on to one end through the day strenthening Mumbai’s position on Day Two. Skipper Aditya Tare and Siddhesh Lad are now batting. They are just 26 runs away from New Zealand’s first innings score!

  • 3:16 PM IST

    Kaustubh Pawar retires for 100!

  • 3:14 PM IST

    Kaustubh Pawar reaches 100 in 227 balls!

  • 3:11 PM IST

    New ball taken!

  • 3:06 PM IST

    Suryakumar Yadav struck 9 fours and 8 sixes in his innings, scored 84 runs through boundaries!

  • 3:05 PM IST

    Suryakumar Yadav departs for 103 from 86 balls, Mitchell Santner takes the wicket!

  • 3:03 PM IST

    Suryakumar Yadav reaches century in 83 balls!

  • 3:03 PM IST

    Both the batsmen in their 90s!

  • 3:02 PM IST

    Skipper Kane Williamson comes in to bowl, appeals for a caught-behind straightaway, denied by the Umpire!

  • 2:55 PM IST

    A young boy in the crowd takes the catch as Suryakumar Yadav hits Guptill for a six over deep mid-wicket.

  • 2:42 PM IST

    Suryakumar Yadav hits the ball out of the park. Umpires had to change the ball. Interesting scenes at Kotla. Guptill gets hit for a six twice!

  • 2:40 PM IST

    100 partnership between the two!

  • 2:39 PM IST

    Martin Guptill comes in to bowl, interesting decision!

  • 2:14 PM IST

    Live Updates, Mumbai 203/3 in 71 overs | New Zealand (324/7 dec), Batting: Kaustubh Pawar 73 (198), Suryakumar Yadav 61 (62): Both the batsmen have stood their ground against Kiwi bowlers. The BlackCaps are finding it hard to take wickets. Suryakumar Yadav is in full flow, he sent the bowl over square leg region for a six and that too a bouncer from Wagner. Will Mumbai Batsmen continue to dominate the visitors? Stay tuned to find out!

  • 2:11 PM IST

    TEA BREAK!

  • 2:03 PM IST

    Suryakumar Yadav reaches fifty in 55 balls, hits Neil Wagner’s short ball sailing over the mid-wicket boundary for a six!

Mitchell Santner will be leading the spin attack for New Zealand © Getty Images
Mitchell Santner will be leading the spin attack for New Zealand © Getty Images

New Zealand have started their tour preparations with a three-day game against Mumbai‘s Ranji team at Feroz Shah Kolta Stadium, Delhi. They were quite surprised by how the curator Amit Dutta used a green top on Kotla pitch as the Kiwis were expecting a green top. The Kiwis included three spinners in their squad— leg-spinner Ish Sodhi, left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner and off-spinner Mark Craig. Batting first the visitors took to an aggressive approach as their batsman started scoring runs easily. Tom Latham and Kane Williamson scored their half-centuries in the early stage of the match and made sure that their next batsman came in and attacked.

It was not an ideal preparation but New Zealand made good use of their time in the middle against a mediocre Mumbai attack on day one of their only warm-up match ahead of the three-Test series against India. New Zealand lost their opener Martin Guptill early into the match. Guptill looked sturdy in his short stay as he scored 15 runs off 19 deliveries before edging the ball into wicket-keeper Ajinkya Tare’s gloves off Balwinder Sandhu’s bowling. But next came in captain Williamson and he along with other opener Latham made sure that they played responsible innings and that their team did not lose any further wickets.

They both made a stand of 85 runs for the second wicket before Williamson was removed by Balwinder Sandhu. All the next batsmen like Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Mitchell Santner, Mark Craig, Ish Sodhi got off to a great start but could not make it big as they got out trying to play big shots before New Zealand declared their first innings at 324 for seven with an hour left for stumps.

With the pitch having a thin grass cover, the ball did not spin much, allowing the visiting batsmen to bat freely but Balwinder Sandhu remained the most successful bowler for Mumbai as he finished with the figures of 11-5-21-2. The stand out bowler for Mumbai was Balwinder Sandhu Jr, who took two wickets with his gentle medium pace. The bowling otherwise was pedestrian, especially the spin trio of Vishal Dabholkar, Siddhesh Lad and Vijay Gohil, who hardly troubled the opposition batsmen.

Rohit Sharma is yet to bat and there will be lot of eyes on how he performs as he has been included in the Tests squad. He has not been consistent in the longer format of the game, so it will be very vital for him to  make sure that he scores some runs of his bat to bask in his form.

As about the game, a lot depends on how Mumbai team reacts against a good bowling from the visitors. Mumbai spinners were completely helpless on the day one as they hardly received any help from the wicket. It remains to be seen as to how the pitch will assist the New Zealand spinners if at all it does. Second day will be crucial for the teams as Mumbai batsman will have to display good batting effort if they want to give a tough fight to the uncanny opponents.

On the other hand, the visitors will try getting wickets early into the match as that will put a lot of pressure on Mumbai. Also the visitors would look to leave their domination on this match as this will in-turn give boost to their confidence for the upcoming Test series against India which starts from 22nd of this month.

The Kiwis wanted everyone to get accustomed to the pitch conditions at Feroz Shah Kotla. At the end of Day One the visitors have a lead of 295 runs over Mumbai‘s Ranji team. Mumbai lost their first wicket on the third ball of the innings. New Zealand strike bowler Trent Boult got the wicket of Jay Bista in the very first over putting pressure on Kaustubh Pawar and Armaan Jaffer. The green top seemed to trouble the batsmen with the new ball. However, the Kiwis scored at more than 4 runs per over, at times the run-rate was hovering over 5.

Tom Latham’s form is a big plus point for New Zealand going into the game. Latham retired after scoring 55 from 91 balls. Meanwhile, news broke out on Saturday early morning that New Zealand strike bowler Tim Southee has been ruled out of the Test series against India after injuring an ankle in training, New Zealand Cricket said Saturday. Matt Henry has been rushed into the squad as a replacement. Southee is to return home for rehabilitation and will return to India for the ODI leg of the tour beginning next month.

New Zealand will visit India for three Tests and five One-Day Internationals (ODIs). New Zealand will be led by their Kane Williamson. This is Williamson’s second series as Test captain as he led the side in a victorious series against Zimbabwe at their home earlier. With Southee being ruled out, it will be a big loss for New Zealand against the already favourites India. Henry, with relatively much less experience, will have to take up a huge responsibility to step in to Southee’s shoes.

Henry has represented New Zealand  in four Tests so far, scalping 10 wickets in total. The bowler remained successful on his debut Test series in England but could not follow it up as he went wicket-less in the following Trans-Tasman. The first Test will be played in Kanpur on September 22.

Squads:

New Zealand: Kane Williamson(c), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Mark Craig, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, BJ Watling(wk), James Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner

Mumbai: Aditya Tare(c & wk), Armaan Jaffer, Jay Gokul Bista, Vishal Dabholkar, Tushar Deshpande, Royston Dias, Siddhesh Lad, Kaustubh Pawar, Balwinder Sandhu, Sufiyan Shaikh, Rohit Sharma, Harshal Soni, Suryakumar Yadav, Vijay Gohil, Parikshit Valsangkar