Taylor, Latham tons guide Kiwis home

Amol Gokhale
Thursday, 19 October 2017

Visitors New Zealand defeat Board President’s XI in the second warm-up encounter on Diwali day

Mumbai: Ross Taylor and Tom Latham struck centuries as New Zealand defeated Board President’s XI by 33 runs in their second warm-up match at the Cricket Club of India here on Thursday.

Opting to bat first, thanks to the 166-runs partnership for the fourth wicket by Taylor and Latham, Kiwis posted 343/9 in their 50 overs to set up a daunting task for Board President’s XI. In reply, hosts were bowled out for 310 runs in 47.1 overs.

Martin Guptill and Colin Munro gave New Zealand a solid start,  with Munro in particular timing the ball well. Although, Jaydev Unadkat sent back Munro after forcing him into a mistake as the left-hander gave a simple catch at midwicket to Shreyas Iyer.

Kiwi skipper, Kane Williamson didn’t look comfortable out in the middle during his short stay of seven deliveries. He was castled by leg-spinner Karn Sharma’s flipper for mere a single run.

Sharma would’ve had his second scalp in form of Guptill, but Avesh Khan dropped a sitter at deep square leg. An over later, Sharma did get his man, as Guptill (32 off 46, 4x4) hit a ball straight back at him to offer a simple return catch.

Taylor-Latham join hands
Experienced campaigner Taylor, along with Latham steadied the ship, bringing up 100 in the 19th over. The attacking righter-hander, then completed his fifty with a back to back boundaries off Shreyas Iyer’sover, in just 38 deliveries.

The duo soon stitched a 100-run partnership thwarting Board President’s attack. Leggie, Sharma, saw skipper Iyer drop Taylor on 77 at point. As Taylor kept punishing bowlers after a life, Latham completed his 50 in 59 balls with three fours.

The 33-year-old Taylor batsman completed his century with a cheeky shot down the leg side on the first ball of 38th over. His struck 15 fours and a six as he reached a landmark in just 81 balls, before retiring. 

The wicket-keeper batsman, Latham, completed his hundred with a six over deep square leg to Unadkat, before walking off on 108 off 97 balls with seven fours and two sixes. 

All-rounder Mitchell Santner (29 off 18) hit a few lusty blows in the closing stages, as visitors reached the score of 343/9. 
While Unadkat was the pick of the bowlers for hosts with bowling figures of 4/57 in his 10 overs.

Crowd favourite
Despite it being Diwali, a sizeable crowd was present at CCI to cheer Mumbai’s current heartthrob, Prithvi Shaw. Shaw’s every shot was cheered as he and Karun Nair put up a fifty run partnership for the opening wicket.

Although, the 17-year-old was beaten by Santner’s delivery, and was bowled for 22 off 38 balls. Santer then sent back Rishab Pant for seven runs.

Munro derails BPXI’s chase
Nair, and Mumbai lad Shreyas Iyer added a 57 run partnership for the third wicket before Colin Munro took two wickets in two balls to derail the chase for hosts. On the third ball of 21st over, Iyer gave a catch to Ross Taylor in the deep before Nair (53 off 54) was caught and bowled. 

Milind, too departed on seven before Trent Boult castled Shivam Chaudhary to leave India reeling at 158/6 in the 28th over.
Gurkeerat and tail fights

Punjab all-rounder Gurkeerat Mann and Karn Sharma then made Kiwi bowlers toil as they added 71-runs for the seventh wicket. But once again, Tim Southee took two wickets in space of three balls. 

Mann’s 65 runs innings off 43 balls was laced with seven fours and three sixes. Later, Jaydev Unadkat scored a quickfire 44 off 24 balls with five fours and three maximum’s to take scoreboard close to 300. Eventually, Board President’s innings was folded on 310.

Brief Scores: New Zealand 343/9 (Tom Latham 198, Ross Taylor 102; Jaydev Unadkat 4/57) bt Board President’s XI 310 (Gurkeerat Mann 65, Karun Nair 53; Mitchell Santer 3/44).

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