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Black Caps made sound start to Indian tour

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 16/09/2016

New Zealand's batsmen have made an encouraging start to their tour of India, cruising past 300 on the opening day of a warm-up match against Mumbai in Delhi.

The Black Caps had few problems in friendly batting conditions, declaring at 324-7 before reducing Mumbai to 29-1 at stumps.

Captain Kane Williamson scored 50 and opener Tom Latham 55 before he became the first of two batsmen to retire to allow others to spend time at the crease.

The lifeless pitch at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium and an inexperienced home bowling attack meant the tourists face a comfortable three days.

It is expected to be more inhospitable when they play the first of three Tests in Kanpur starting on Thursday.

Every Black Cap passed 20 on Friday aside from out-of-touch opener Martin Guptill, who struck a six in the first over but departed soon afterwards, caught behind for 15.

Latham and Williamson put on 85 for the second wicket, scoring at a healthy run rate which was maintained throughout the innings.

Ross Taylor (41) and Henry Nicholls (29) were also unafraid to use their feet against spin and loft over the infield.

Spinners Mitchell Santner (45), Mark Craig (33no) and Ish Sodhi (29no) produced handy knocks, along with wicketkeeper BJ Watling, who retired on 21.

Seamer Trent Boult claimed New Zealand's only wicket, removing Jay Bista with the third ball of Mumbai's response.

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