Tom Latham and Ross Taylor both shone with the bat, hitting fine hundreds, as New Zealand shrugged off a defeat in the first warm-up game against Board President’s XI to beat them by 33 runs in the second game.
Batting first, New Zealand amassed 343 for 9 in their fifty overs on the back of the twin hundreds. In reply, BP XI hit 310, but never looked close to chasing down New Zealand’s total.
Henry Nicholls and Mitchell Santner then used the long handle to good effect to push NZ’s score close to 350.
BP XI, in response, got their chase off to a decent start. However, Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant’s departures in quick succession put them behind the eight ball. Karun Nair hit a run-a-ball fifty before falling for 54, while Gurukeerat Singh Mann slammed 65 off 46 to give the side an outside chance.
However, with the required rate always climbing, it wasn’t long before the bowlers were back on top. Jaydev Unadkat (44 off 24) and Dhawal Kulkarni (24) combined to give New Zealand a scare towards the end, but the task proved to be too tall. Santner picked up three wickets while Tim Southee and Munro got two wickets apiece.