New Zealand pacer Doug Bracewell admits Mumbai put them under pressure on Day 2 of warm-up

Doug Bracewell on Saturday admitted that New Zealand felt the heat after Mumbai made a strong comeback on day two of their only warm-up match in New Delhi.

PTI, Sep, 17 2016

New Delhi: Fast bowling all-rounder Doug Bracewell on Saturday admitted that New Zealand felt the heat after Mumbai made a strong comeback on day two of their only warm-up match at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Saturday.

Mumbai ended the day at 431 for five in reply to New Zealand's 324 for seven declared on the opening day.

"They played pretty well. We spoke about being patient (before the start of day's play) and playing the long game out there. To be fair, they put us under a bit of pressure and played pretty to them. We look at the positives and got another day tomorrow as well," said Bracewell.

File photo of New Zealand pacer Doug Bracewell. AFP

File photo of New Zealand pacer Doug Bracewell. AFP

It was long day for the bowlers, especially the spinners, who failed to get much out of the surface.

"The surface did not break up and turn that much. We are not really concerned at this stage. Like I said they played well. I definitely think our guys will take some learning out from today," he said looking ahead to the first Test in Kanpur, starting 22 September.

The conditions are expected to be different in Kanpur, in comparison to the warm-up tie in Delhi, but Bracewell insisted that practice games are important anyway.

"We were definitely expecting it. We know it is going to be a different surface for the first Test. You just got to get on with it. With whatever conditions there are, you roll on. You still get a lot out of warm up games. Batters get time in the middle, bowlers get though their workloads. It is great especially when there is a short turnaround for the first Test," he said.

On the flat track laid out for the game, Bracewell added: "It is a difficult surface for quicks. There is not much pace and bounce. You have got to try something different (like bowling an odd bouncer)."

Mumbai coach Chandrakant Pandit was happy with the team's performance barring Rohit's batting.

The Indian batsman, who is battling for a spot in the Test XI, fell cheaply today for 18 while most of his Mumbai mates were amongst the runs.

"It would have been nice if Rohit got a hundred too. But it was a good batting performance. In a way, I would like to think that we have helped the Indian team (by playing New Zealand's bowling well). As far as declaration goes, we are yet to decide on that," said Pandit.

Published Date: Sep 17, 2016 | Updated Date: Sep 17, 2016

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