In the Mumbai-New Zealand’s XI warm-up match which ended in a tame draw, Luke Ronchi displayed his impressive batting skills. Ronchi, who opened the innings, made 107 off 122 balls and helped the team to reach a respectable total of 235 in 66.4 overs in the second innings. Ronchi’s ton included fifteen boundaries and three sixes. The dusty pitch offering a bit of turn did pose a bit of a hindrance for the Kiwis. Ronchi represents Wellington in New Zealand’s domestic matches. He also has a presence in T20 matches having represented the Mumbai Indians, Perth Scorchers and Somerset. He has one ODI century under his belt. Ronchi has the rare distinction of being the first player to play international cricket for both Australia and New Zealand, 8th player in ODI history and the first since Kepler Wessels.
Ronchi, after the match, explained his game plan against spin blowing by saying, “My game plan (against spin) is to try and get off the strike. With the field in, then I try to hit them out. A couple of over the top (big hits) and there are a few more gaps. Obviously, it is not going to work all times. I think the best way to bat sometimes is to be at the other end.”
In the warm-up match against Mumbai in Kotla Ronchi’s century came as a breather for the Kiwis after Martin Guptill scored a duck in the second innings and made 8 eight runs in the first innings. In this match, New Zealand lost their eight wickets to spin bowlers. Those who didn’t bat in the second innings include Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor Tom Latham retired at 25 giving way to the tail enders to get some batting practice.
The visiting put up a score of 324 for 7 in the first innings. They declared after 75 overs. in the first innings, both Kane Williamson and Tom Latham hit the fifties. In this warm-up match, Mumbai won the toss and elected to field. They did so to because Kotla had a green topped pitch and the Mumbai bowlers wanted to take full advantage of it.The overall scores of the match are New Zealand XI 324/7 deal in 75 overs and 235 in 66.4 overs (Ronchi 107, Watling 43; Valsangkar 3/41) drew with Mumbai 464/8 deal in 114 overs. Ronchi will definitely be a man to watch out for the Indian team in the coming times.
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