Kohli, Shami shine as India beat New Zealand in warm-up tie

Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh

Virat Kohli may have had a quiet IPL by his standards but former Australia batsman Mike Hussey said the opposition teams can take the Indian captain lightly during the ICC Champions Trophy at their own peril.

Shikhar Dhawan on his comeback got some quality time out there in the middle hitting 40 off 59 balls with the help of five boundaries, mostly square off the wicket.

Earlier, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami got three wickets apiece to bundle out New Zealand for 189 in 38.4 overs.

New captain Sarfraz Ahmed will face his stiffest test yet when he leads unfancied Pakistan in the Champion's Trophy - starting with a highly-charged clash against India.

Junaid said Kohli is a great batsman but has failed against his pace in the past.

"It would be great to have the four of us picked, but even if there is only three of us playing you can have one of the sidelines that is ready to go". You take a lot away from failures which is what I have always cherished.

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England, with numerous current squad involved, eventually needed 20 off 16 balls with six wickets in hand - an unlosable position from which they duly lost to India, who will be a tough proposition again under the leadership of Virat Kohli. "So it won't be a problem in England".

The Pakistan speedster feels he has the psychological advantage and will be looking to use it to his advantage. With Edgbaston being one of the match venues, where the pitches could also assist the slower bowlers, India have the ammunitions for all conditions.

"I have been working on my swing, which is my speciality and my biggest weapon, since many of my seniors have told me that my swing has weakened".

The side also won their three-match oneday series against England 2-1 and most of their players have just been involved in the high-octane Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament. "Credit to them for shaping their short-format cricket so well, and I'm sure they'll be eager to go a long way in this tournament as well", he added.

For the Black Caps, Luke Ronchi top-scored with 66 off 63 balls with six fours and two sixes. The present squad for the upcoming Champions Trophy, which starts from Thursday, looks balanced in the bowling department as well, and could eventually play an important role in helping India win the ICC event.

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