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Warm-Up: Batsmen get a shake up as India lose to NZ by 6 wkts

Indian batting line-up s soft underbelly lay exposed in slightly favourable bowling conditions as New Zealand gave a rude wake-up call, winning the first warm-up game ahead of the ICC World Cup by six wickets here Saturday. Under overcast conditions, Trent Boult s (4/33 in 6.2 overs) incisive swing bowling was a test of technique for the Indian top-order batsmen and the Men In Blue never recovered from an early collapse, being bowled out for 179 in 39.2 overs. It was a walk in the park for the Black Caps as they reached the target in only 37.1 overs with Kane Williamson (67) and Ross Taylor (71) helping themselves to half-centuries. While it was a warm-up game and the outcome of the result isn t something that India would be bothered too much but what certainly would keep them worried is the failure to find a solution for their problems. KL Rahul failed at No 4, Dinesh Karthik s poor IPL form continued while Vijay Shankar and Kedar Jadhav s respective injuries in all likelihood ...


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