CT🏆: India Beat NZ in ☔Rain-hit Encounter

By Shadowfax🐎

India have beaten New Zealand by 45 runs (by D/L method) in their opening Champions Trophy warm-up game after rain interrupted their modest chase of 190.

NZ won the toss and elected to bat first but were served a testing spell of fast-bowling from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami. The latter was incisive, prising out Guptill, Williamson and Broom with extra bounce early on to leave the Kiwis tottering at 63/3. Though Luke Ronchi (66) offered some resistance, India's bowlers stuck to their task diligently and heaped pressure on the Kiwi batsmen. Soon, Jadeja and Ashwin took over, with the spin twins choking the flow of runs and breaking the lower middle order. It was left to Bhuvneshwar and Umesh to wrap up the tail, with the score reading 189.

Though Ajinkya Rahane fell to Southee early on, Dhawan (40) and Virat Kohli (52*) put on a steady stand for the third wicket and motored along at a pleasant rate and an Indian win never looked out of question. Even though Dhawan and then Karthik fell, at 129/3 from 26 overs, it was always going to be India's game. The intervention of rain at that point only ended the game earlier for the Kiwis with the margin of victory left for M/s Duckworth and Lewis to calculate.

📜Scorecard: tf7

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