The ground staff at the Oval would have had quite the shock of their lives on Saturday, when the weight of the fan following of the Indian team would have hit them.
Many expected the stands of the stadium to hold a few lone spectators, seemed to be overflowing their capacity, and as a sea of blue blanketed the stadium, what they came to see turned out to be an unfortunate downer.
One tiny scrap of metal at the toss chose to land in the favor of the Indian captain, who choose to face the challenge, decided to bat first.
The unfavorable swinging conditions along with the magic of the experienced duo of Southee and Boult managed to tear through India’s top order, with the latter managing to have quite a day himself.
After a while, India found itself reeling, plainly stranded out in the middle. With the exception of Ravindra Jadeja, no batsman found their flair, and after his unfortunate wicket, India was soon bundled out for a petty score of 179.
As it was a warm-up match, a wise decision by Virat Kohli ensured that when the Kiwis came out to bat afterward, all the bowlers were given a quota of a few overs rather than using some to defend the total.
Hence, as all were given a go, New Zealand sealed an easy victory against a worthy opposition, surely not mattering a whole lot, but giving them confidence that would at least last till their first campaign in the world cup.