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Dhoni, Bumrah spend quality time in the nets

October 28, 2016 20:30 IST

India's head coach Anil Kumble and captain MS Dhoni walk into the ACA-VDCA Stadium in Vishakapatnam for an optional nets session on Friday

IMAGE: India's head coach Anil Kumble and captain MS Dhoni walk into the ACA-VDCA Stadium in Vishakapatnam for an optional nets session on Friday. Photograph: BCCI/Twitter

A fit-again pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who missed the last One-Dayer in Ranchi, bowled with vigour as eight Indian players turned up for the optional practice session on the eve of the series-deciding fifth and final game against New Zealand in Vishakapatnam on Saturday.

The main focus at the Dr YSR ACA-VDCA Stadium practice arena was India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was seen taking tennis ball throw-downs, to get used to the bounce of the pitch.

Later, Dhoni faced the conventional white ball and practised his trademark shots in a lengthy session at the nets.

Clear skies indicated that possibilities of a downpour, due to cyclone Kyant, have subsided.

Head coach Anil Kumble engaged in a long one-on-one session with Kedar Jadhav, who has stunned many with his exploits, picking up six wickets from four matches thus far.

Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli skipped the nets session.

Dhawal Kulkarni, who had replaced Bumrah in the last One-dayer, bowled full and lacked control in Ranchi, conceding 8.42 runs per over for his 1/57 as New Zealand got off to a splendid start.

With Bumrah looking fit, he may be brought back into the playing XI on Saturday. 

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