India find form against New Zealand XI as Ishwar Pandey claims three

While skipper MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli were rested, India's Test specialists returned to the side but it was rookie pacer Ishwar Pandey who stole the show against New Zealand XI on the first day of the tour match.

updated: February 02, 2014 13:10 IST
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Whangarei, New Zealand: India's faltering cricketers found some rhythm as they reduced New Zealand XI to 262/9 declared on the opening day of a two-day practice match which was skipped by big guns of the team including skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

In reply, the Indians were placed India were placed at 41/0 in 14 overs after New Zealand XI declared in 78 overs in the only practice game ahead of the two-match Test series starting February 6 in Auckland.

After a dismal ODI series that was surrendered 0-4 to New Zealand, the Indian team enjoyed a good outing at the Cobham Oval, albeit in a non-competitive match.

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