Kuldeep Yadav is expected to be given plenty of overs here as they look to instil some confidence in the young spinner who suffered badly in the IPL and was ultimately dropped by his team so he should have some opportunities to bounce back here. India will take on Bangladesh in their second warm-up game on May 28.
While the arch lights will be firmly trained on their talismanic skipper, the number one batsman in 50-over as well as Test cricket, India, and their opponents, would also keenly watch their fancied pace attack that is a mix of speed and guile.
Earlier, Boult removed openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan for two apiece to leave India 10 for two.
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.
"Facing a quality side like India and scoring some runs is always good", he said. The reverse also holds true for India, as New Zealand offers them the kind of challenge that could make Kohli's team battle-hardened.
Kohli admitted his side couldn't execute their plans.
"It's been great get together for the last few days".
"We bowled well. They were going at four, 4.5 (runs) per over and looking at that in isolation we did well", Kohli said.
Date and Day: May 25, 2019, Staurday. India, wardens of the explosive short-format, poster boys of this new era of big-hitting cricket, are not supposed to succumb to the nice guys of New Zealand.
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India were easily beaten by New Zealand after two brilliant half-centuries by Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson and a remarkable bowling peformance by Trent Boult in their first warmup match here at The Oval on Saturday.