On Day 2 of the New Zealand XI vs India practice game, the Indian fast bowlers displayed top-notch skills with the ball. In particular, it was Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, who bowled incredible spells to give a tough time to the Kiwi batters in the middle.
While Shami claimed three wickets, all of Bumrah, Umesh Yadav and Navdeep Saini picked up two apiece to pile New Zealand XI at 235 in their first innings.
The pick of Shami’s brilliant spell was a delivery with which he got rid of all-rounder Jimmy Neesham.
As Neesham went for a full-fledged drive against Shami’s length delivery, the red cherry squeezed back in after pitching to take a small inside edge of Neesham’s bat before crashing on to the stumps. Neesham departed for just 1. It was a great display of swing and seam bowling by Indian pacer.
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Indian openers – Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw – started on a positive note in the second innings. They played on the front foot and smashed the New Zealand XI bowlers at a strike rate of more than 100. Agarwal remained unbeaten for a 17-ball 23, and Shaw made 35 not out off 25 balls as India ended the day with 59/0 in 7 overs.