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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: West Indies, India Register Huge Wins in Warm-Ups

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: West Indies, India Register Huge Wins in Warm-Ups Photo: TT
MS Dhoni Hit a Century in India's Win

The West Indies beat New Zealand by 91 runs in their World Cup warm-up match in Bristol.

Put into bat, the West Indies got off to a fast start through Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis, and after Gayle was caught by Kane Williamson off Trent Boult for 36, Lewis and Shai Hope put on 84 until Lewis fell for 50, caught off Jimmy Neesham. Darren Bravo scored 25 until he was run out by Henry Nicholls, and Hope and Shimron Hetmyer added 41 for the fourth wicket. Hetmyer fell to the bowling of Mitchell Santner for 27, and then Hope and Jason Holder combined, until Holder fell for 101, with Boult the bowler. He had hit 4 sixes.

Nicholas Pooran was run out cheaply, but Holder and Carlos Braithwaite shared a stand of 82 for the seventh wicket, until Holder who had hit 3 sixes in his 47, fell to Matt Henry. Andre Russell fired a rapid 54 off just 25 balls, including 3 sixes, until he was bowled by Boult, and then Braithwaite and Ashley Nurse put on 34 until Brathwaite fell to Henry. Kemar Roach was last man out, caught and bowled by Boult, as The West Indies were bowled out for 421, with Nurse undefeated on 21.

New Zealand in reply lost openers Martin Guptill and Nicholls, as well as Ross Taylor cheaply, before Kane Williamson and Tom Blundell shared a fourth wicket stand of 120, which was broken when Williamson was run out for 85. Blundell and Neesham added 69, but Neesham fell for 20 to the bowling of Carlos Braithwaite, leaving Blundell to then combine with Colin de Grandhomme.

Blundell reached his century but, having reached 106, including 5 sixes, was stumped off Braithwaite, who went on to another wicket in the form of Mitchell Santner for 19, and then a third, de Grandhomme out for 23. Ish Sodhi added late runs, but both he and Matt Henry were stumped off the bowling of Fabian Allen, as New Zealand were bowled out for 330 in the 48th over.

India beat Bangladesh by 95 runs in the World Cup warm-up match in Cardiff.

Put into bat, India last both openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan early, but Virat Kohli and KL Rahul put on 33, until Kohli fell for 47 to Mohammad Saifuddin. Vijay Shankar fell for just 2, but MS Dhoni came out to join Rahul, and the pair put on 164 for the fifth wicket. Rahul was the first to reach his century, before falling for 108 to the bowling of Sabbir Rahman. He had hit 4 sixes.

Dhoni and Hardik Pandya shared a stand of 59 for the sixth wicket, but Pandya fell for 21 to Shakib Al Hasan, before Dhoni was out for 113, bowled by Shakib. He had struck 7 sixes. That left Dinesh Karthik and Ravindra Jadeja to add some late runs as India closed on 359 – 7.

Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar looked to give Bangladesh a good platform, but then two wickets fell in two deliveries from Jasprit Bumrah, Sarkar for 25 and Shakib for a duck. Das and Mushfiqur Rahman shared a partnership of 120, but Das was stumped off Yuzvendra Chahal for 73, and, next ball, Mohammad Mithun was lbw to the same bowler.

Mahmadullah was bowled by Kulddep Yadav, before three wickets fell in the space of seven balls, as the Bangladeshis collapsed, with Mushfiqur, who had scored 90, amongst the men to go, bowled by Yadav. Mohammad Saifuddin and Mehedi Hasan provided some late resistance, but Saifuddin fell for 18 to Chahal, and the same man then ran out Hasan for 27, as Bangladesh were bowled out for 264, with three balls left to be bowled.

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