Ross Taylor    Getty Images
Ross Taylor Getty Images

Karn Sharma cleaned up captain Kane Williamson for mere 1. Board President s XI were on the right track. A few more wickets and New Zealand would be in a spot of bother. However, the visitors did not take the tour match lightly. From 73 for 3, Ross Taylor and Tom Latham lifted New Zealand to 239 for 4. Their hundreds eventually propelled New Zealand to a colossal 343 for 9, thanks to Mitchell Santner s late blitz.

BP XI used as many as 9 bowlers. Dhawal Kulkarni was the costliest of them, conceding runs at 8.2. Karn went on to take another wicket, while others were reduced to nothingness. However, Jaydev Unadkat managed to grab 4 wickets amidst the carnage, leaking runs less than 6 RPO.

The chase was never going to be easy. Karun Nair s 53 laid the foundation for it, but a fifty was never going to be enough. Gurkeerat Singh, at No. 5, scored a magnificent 65 off 46. Although BP XI kept losing wickets at regular intervals, they had maintained the run-rate.

In came Unadkat when BP XI lost 8 wickets. He used his bat to blasting effect, walloping 44 off 24. Eventually, the cameos could not rescue BP XI, as they fell short of 33 runs. Santner ended with figures of 3 for 44.

Brief scores:

New Zealand 343 for 9 (Ross Taylor 102, Tom Latham 108; Jaydev Unadkat 4 for 57) beat Board President s XI 310 in 47.1 overs (Karun Nair 53, Gurkeerat Singh 65; Mitchell Santner 3 for 44) by 33 runs.