Taylor, Williamson steer New Zealand to win over India


During the chase, Kohli opted not to give his trio of front-line fast bowlers too many overs with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami bowling only four overs each.

After hitting the ground running with their first practice session in London, the Men in Blue are facing a tough outing in their first World Cup warm-up game against the Blackcaps at the Kennington Oval in London.

Electing to bat in the warm-up game against New Zealand, India suffered an early collapse in slightly bowling-friendly conditions at the Oval before being bowled out for 179 in 39.2 overs. And India's score read 24/3 in the sixth over after Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to bat first.

New Zealand will take confidence from their win but aren't expecting such favourable conditions again soon.

"In a tournament like the World Cup, the top order can go off sometimes, so Hardik getting runs, MS (Dhoni) absorbing pressure and Jadeja's fifty, those were good positives".

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"We bowled well. They were going at four, 4.5 (runs) per over and looking at that in isolation we did well", Kohli said. Besides, Kohli feels the fielders will have to be on their toes as they will play a crucial role. "We'll have to be precise in all three departments". "As a batting unit we need to work harder and focus more on our batting skills, and it will come".

"As bowlers, that's pretty much our basic plan, and for me it's about pitching the ball up and trying to swing the ball round as much as I can".

"It's going to be very different from batting second and we saw that in this [game] in the later half of our innings as well", he said. Although Taylor and Williamson got out, Henry Nicholls ensured New Zealand home safely. And with Tom's (Curran) finger being injured, we wanted to have (Colin) Munro up there to give us options.

"If the ball's swinging round like that I think we know what to do".

Ross Taylor (71) and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson (67) both spent useful time in the middle as the Black Caps won with nearly 13 overs to spare.