Kohli sees positives in lower order despite NZ drubbing

Kohli sees positives in lower order despite NZ drubbing
Kohli sees positives in lower order despite NZ drubbing

LONDON: India captain Virat Kohli wanted to feature the positives from their six-wicket annihilation to New Zealand in a Cricket World Cup warm-up on Saturday and was especially satisfied with the exhibition of the lower request.

Twice champions India drooped to 39-4 in the eleventh over before all-rounders Hardik Pandya (30) and Ravindra Jadeja (54) offered some obstruction.

Hard and fast for 179 in the 40th over, India were then unfit to contain New Zealand’s batsmen and a 114-run remain from captain Kane Williamson (67) and Ross Taylor (71) helped them to triumph with about 13 overs to save.

“The one thing we talked about in a competition like the World Cup is, you could without much of a stretch have your top request out for not very many, so the lower request needs to anticipate that and I think Hardik batted truly well,” Kohli said. “MS [Dhoni] retains the weight truly well and Jadeja got a couple of keeps running too, so I think starting there of view, we got a great deal out of this game, which is the thing that we needed to. The lower request getting a few runs that was the greatest positive.”

Kohli said The Oval surface got simpler to bat on as the game advanced.

“It will be altogether different when batting second and we saw that in the later 50% of our innings too,” said Kohli, who made 18 preceding losing his stump to Colin de Grandhomme.

Jadeja said they were not stressed in spite of the batting breakdown.

“The wicket was delicate in the initial 15-20 overs yet it showed signs of improvement and better,” said the left-hander. “Originating from India where you play on level, low-skip wickets, all of a sudden you’re in England and batting first on an elastic wicket.

“It was troublesome … be that as it may, nothing to stress, we’ll do what small amount bit of tuning is required.”

India start their offer for a third World Cup title against South Africa in Southampton on June 5.


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