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Kiwis concede lead after Pawar, Yadav tons

AFP logoAFP 17/09/2016
New Zealand's captain Kane Williamson © AFP New Zealand's captain Kane Williamson

Contrasting centuries from opener Kaustubh Pawar and Suryakumar Yadav helped Mumbai build a 107-run first innings lead against the New Zealanders on the second day of the warm-up match in New Delhi Saturday.

Mumbai, who started on their overnight score of 29 for one, were 431 for five at stumps in reply the visitors' first innings total of 324 for seven declared.

Overnight batsman Pawar retired after scoring a dogged 100 while Yadav struck an 86-ball 103 to help Mumbai maintain a run-rate of more than four runs an over.

Mumbai captain Aditya Tare on 53 and Siddhesh Lad on 86 were at the crease, the duo putting on an unbeaten 137-run partnership for the sixth wicket.

Mumbai's Kaustubh Pawar raises his bat after his century during a practice match against New Zealand at the Ferozshah Kotla ground in New Delhi on September 17, 2016 © Provided by AFP Mumbai's Kaustubh Pawar raises his bat after his century during a practice match against New Zealand at the Ferozshah Kotla ground in New Delhi on September 17, 2016 New Zealand bowlers struggled on a batting friendly Feroz Shah Kotla pitch as Kiwi leg-spinner Ish Sodhi stood out with his two wickets.

Earlier the visiting batsmen also got some crucial batting practice on the opening day with skipper Kane Williamson and Tom Latham registering half-centuries.

The two sides have 15 members each, with only 11 allowed to bat and field in the only warm-up tie before the first match starting September 22 in Kanpur.

Brief Scores:

New Zealenders 324/7 dec (Tom Latham 55, Kane Williamson 50; Balwinder Sandhu 2-21)

Mumbai 431/5 (Kaustubh Pawar 100 retired out, Suryakumar Yadav 103; Ish Sodhi 2-102)

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