New Zealand started their World Cup 2019 preparation with a clinical 6-wicket victory against India in the warm-up match at the Kennington Oval on Saturday. The bowlers did a fabulous job to bundle out the star-studded Indian batting line-up for a modest first innings total and later on, the pair of seniors, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor showed their class stitching a sensational century-plus stand to guide their team to a remarkable win. The Kiwis will now face the Windies team in the final warm-up match on Tuesday (May 28) before the start of the main tournament.
Ahead of the game against West Indies, New Zealand bowling coach Shane Jurgensen reckons that death bowling will be a key area to concentrate on. He noted that the Windies big-hitting batters will definitely put the Kiwi bowlers under pressure at the death in the upcoming preparatory fixture.
"They'll put us under pressure and I think that will be key for us, especially for the bowlers. One key area for all teams in this tournament is how you bowl at the death and limiting those boundaries in the last 10 overs,” said Shane Jurgensen.
Jurgensen mentioned that bowling well at the top will be important as well as during the last 10 overs of the game. "Taking wickets at the top will be a key component but at the back end of the innings you want to not leak too many boundaries and keep scores to a modest total," he added.
We need to execute in all departments
The bowling coach stated that the start they got against India has helped them with the confidence, but they can’t get too excited with that victory. Jurgensen revealed that it is very important to keep on working and improving through the long tournament. He mentioned that the team has to make sure that they are executing well in all the departments.
“It was a good start against India but we can't get too excited. We need to keep trucking on and working our way through the tournament. It's a long campaign. Every time we play we need to make sure that we execute in all departments," the Kiwi bowling coach noted.
New Zealand will start their main World Cup campaign against Sri Lanka on June 1 in Cardiff. "From here on in it's about making the guys feel comfortable so that we can hit that first game knowing that we can do it. The World Cup is the pinnacle and the guys are really buzzing. We have to keep the excitement under wraps," said all-rounder James Neesham.