Board President’s Xi v/s New Zealand: Ross Taylor turns on the heat in second warm up match
For New Zealand to give a good account of themselves in the three-match ODI series against the formidable Indians led by Virat Kohli, their senior-most batsman Ross Taylor has to come good with the bat.
The immensely experienced Taylor showed glimpses of what he is made up of by scoring a century against the Board President’s XI in New Zealand’s second and final warm-up game at the Cricket Club of India
here on Thursday. His 102 (retired) in just 83 balls with 14 fours and a six prepared him for what lay ahead in the next two-and-a-half weeks.
Taylor’s knock and his 166-run stand with wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Latham (108 retired, 97 balls, 7×4, 2×6) for the fourth wicket took New Zealand to 343/9 in 50 overs. More than the individual milestones and the team total, it is the time that the duo spent in the middle, getting themselves used to Mumbai’s October heat and doing their confidence a world of good.
New Zealand, though, would have preferred their new ODI opening pair of Martin Guptill and Colin Munro to have also spent more time in the centre. Taylor improved upon his score of 34 in the first game on Tuesday with a three-figure knock …read more