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NZ bowlers toil in Mumbai tour match

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 17/09/2016

New Zealand's bowlers aren't getting downhearted despite a taxing day in the field in their warm-up match against Mumbai in Delhi.

The home side batted through the entire second day on a friendly surface, with five players passing 50 on the way to 431-5.

The Black Caps, currently 107 runs behind, should get a second decent batting stint on the third and final day after posting 324-7 declared on Friday.

Ish Sodhi was the only New Zealand bowler to garner any purchase from the flat Feroz Shah Kotla pitch, taking 2-132 off 20 expensive overs.

Mumbai, led by centuries to opener Kaustubh Pawar (100 retired) and Suryakumar Yadav (103), were largely untroubled by the two other spinners.

Mitchell Santner, who dismissed Yadav, claimed 1-71, while Mark Craig recorded 0-60.

New Zealand may still consider fielding all three tweakers for the first Test in Kanpur starting on Thursday, particularly after seamers Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell and Neil Wagner battled for any assistance.

Bracewell said it was a slog to create any sideways movement.

"We are not really concerned at this stage," he told reporters.

"They played really well, I definitely know our guys will take some learnings out of today.

"(But) We know it is going to be a different surface for the first Test."

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