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New Zealand begin India tour with a draw

by   •  Last updated on 2020-04-13 17:02:18

New Zealand's three-day warm-up match against Mumbai ended in a draw at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday (September 18) after Luke Ronchi scored a breezy ton in the second innings.

Resuming the day at 431 for 4, Mumbai added 33 runs to their overnight score and declared their innings after Siddhesh Lad notched up his century. Earlier in the day, Aditya Tare retired hurt for his overnight score of 53. Parikshit Valsangkar (10) and Sufiyan Shaikh (1) departed without making significant contributions.

Having conceded a 140-run lead in the first innings, New Zealand decided to let some of their lower order batsmen spend time in the middle. Opening the innings with Ronchi and Martin Guptill, the latter fell for a second-ball duck - caught by Suryakumar Yadav off Vishal Dabholkar's bowling.

Mitchell Santner (8), Doug Bracewell (17) and Henry Nicholls (1), who walked out to bat at No 3, 4 and 5 respectively, didn't make much use of the time at their hand, even as Ronchi was going strong at the other end.

The wicketkeeper-batsman found good company in the form of Trent Boult for the fifth wicket. Boult stuck around for 54 deliveries, before getting caught by Royston Dias off Vijay Gohil, reducing the tourists to 138 for 5.

Ronchi, nonetheless, was going strong and hammered three sixes and 15 boundaries on his way to a century. By the time he fell, stumped off Valsangkar, he had scored an 112-ball 107. In the process, he had also helped New Zealand overcome the first innings deficit. Ronchi's success in the warm-up tie and Guptill's twin failure has helped the Manawatu-born player make a strong case for selection in the starting XI for the first Test.

BJ Watling and Tom Latham occupied the crease for long and added to their tally of a decent first innings outing. While the former was stumped off Valsangkar for 43, the latter retired hurt on 25.

Lad joined the party with the ball as well, by picking up a couple of wickets, while Valsangkar bagged his third wicket by dismissing Ish Sodhi to end New Zealand's second innings on 235.

Brief Scores: New Zealand 324/4 decl(Tom Latham 55 retd., Kane Williamson 50; Balwinder Sandhu 2-21) and 235 (Luke Ronchi 107, BJ Watling 43; Parikshit Valsangkar 3-41; Siddhesh Lad 2-11) drew with Mumbai 464/8 (Suryakumar Yadav 103, Kaustubh Pawar 100 retd., Siddhesh Lad 100; Ish Sodhi 2-132)