London: Skipper Virat Kohli’s Men-in-Blue team is consider as one of favorites squad to win the World Cup 2019 but unfortunately kicked start their tour with defeat against New Zealand in first warm-up match at the Oval ground in London.
The team India may fail under overcast condition in England but will try different combinations according to plan before beginning of the showpiece event on May 30.
Men-In-Blue was bundled out for 179 after electing toss and opted for bat first. The left-arm pacer Trent Boult grabbed four wickets earlier on with some swing bowling as India were shot out inside 40 overs.
With early collapses of Men in Blue, the Black Caps home team chased down easily losing four wickets.
New Zealand crossed the line with almost 13 overs to spare Ross Taylor (71) and Captain Kane Williamson (67) both spent useful time in the middle and helping themselves to half-centuries.
Earlier, after winning toss Virat Kohli elected for bat first on ground to test his batsman in such conditions. Although, India tried every best possible combination but this back fired as none of their openers were able to get success.
The first three opener batsmen of Test format Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul where able to make a mark.
Heart breaking fans of India-England teams witnessed defeat in World Cup:
Openers Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan returned for single-digit scores while Kohli and MS Dhoni managed to add mere 18 and 17 runs respectively. On other hand, Kohli was cleaned bowed by Colin De Grandhomme.
After Kohli who was struggling for his team, India was left at 39 for 4 in the 11th over.
For India, Ravindra Jadeja’s decent show 54 off 50 balls and 1/27 in 7 overs) was only silver lining.
With batting less than 40 overs, Boult took catch a four-fer while James Neesham three wickets as India folded up for 179.
Despite of Indian team poor batting performance, Jadeja feels that team need not to panic after losing the match.
Now India need to aim for amendment in their batting mistakes and get ready to take over Bangladesh in the second warm up match before beginning against South Africa on June 5.
While in other warm-up game England failed and lost against team Australia by 12 runs chasing 298 England were bowled out for 285 in Southampton.
Groom shot dead at wedding venue in UP district
Azamgarh (Uttar Pradesh): A groom was shot dead by unidentified assailants just before he reached the ‘mandap’ for the wedding ceremony.
The incident took place on Tuesday night in Masirpur bazaar locality in Devgaon police circle.
According to reports, the ‘baraat’ had come from Singhpur and just as the groom was walking towards the ‘mandap, two bike-borne assailants came and sprayed him with bullets.
The groom was taken to a nearby medical facility where he was declared brought dead.
Angry family members created a ruckus at the hospital after which the police came and sent the body for post mortem.
A number of family members, both from the groom and the bride side, have been detained for interrogation to ascertain the motive behind the crime.
The police said that the killers were probably following the groom from a distance and attacked him when the ceremony was about to begin.
There were no CCTV cameras in the area.