Race against time snubs Mumbai a chance to unfurl a winning flag
A century from the Luke Ronchi, small contributions from other batsmen and lack of time snubbed and snatched a golden opportunity from Mumbai to win the practice game against New Zealand, here at Feroz shah Kotla stadium. Luke Ronchi and Doug Bracewell started the innings after the lunch break with Ronchi completing his half-century just a few minutes after the lunch break, Doug Bracewell soon returned to the lunchroom as he was caught by wicketkeeper by the fast bowler Tushar Deshpande who returned to the ground after being discharged from the hospital.
His successor Henry Nicholas followed him soon as the ball had bounced up unevenly taking an edge of batsman’s bat before being collected by wicketkeeper safely. The wicket lit up a spark in Mumbai fielders as they saw a ray of a win coming near to them but Trent Boult along with opening Luke Ronchi tried their level best to snatch the win and slowly the winning ray started blinking, thus slowly taking the win from Mumbai. Soon, Luke Ronchi completed his century before returning to the pavilion being dismissed soon after reaching the milestone.
The winning torch once again lit up before tea break but again the New Zealand batsmen stick their foot on the crease concentrating on spending more time at the crease rather than concentrating on scoring. With each passing deliveries, winning chances were going way from Mumbai team. The lead was increasing on one end and overs were decreasing on the other end. Dismissal of Ish Sodhi marked the end of the New Zealand innings and the day’s play was called off soon after as Mumbai stand-in captain, Siddhesh Lad and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson had already sensed the future and did not want their players to toil more.
It was not an all an ideal practice for New Zealand as they were provided with a totally opposite pitch to what they will get in Kanpur. However, a century from Luke Ronchi brought good news for the Kiwis.
The New Zealand team will play the first test against India from September 22 in Kanpur.
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