Dec 042017
Pakistan ODI squad for New Zealand series finalised: sources

Pakistan players acknowledge crowd support after match against Sri Lanka in UAE/AFP file photoKARACHI: A 15-member Pakistan ODI squad for the upcoming New Zealand tour has been finalised, according to sources close to the matter.With the return of Azhar Ali after an injury that sidelined him over the past few months, Ahmed Shehzad is out of consideration for a place in the ODI squad despite his domestic performances. Shehzad is also unlikely to secure a place in the T20 squad for the New Zealand tour, as selectors are deliberating opening the batting with Babar Azam in the shortest format of the game, the sources said.The ODI squad, which is yet to be announced officially in the coming few days, is as follows:Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed (captain, wicketkeeper), Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Amir, Rumman Raees and Hasan Ali.  Click for detailed story

Dec 042017
Windies collapse hands New Zealand innings victory

New Zealand’s keeper Tom Blundell (R) appeals for a LBW call on West Indies’ Kraigg Brathwaite on day four of their first Test/AFPA dramatic West Indies batting collapse gave New Zealand victory by an innings and 67 runs in the first Test on the fourth day in Wellington on Monday.The West Indies lost their last five wickets for just 33 runs in nine overs after lunch to give New Zealand victory with more than a day to spare.The domination was set up by New Zealand winning the crucial toss and rolling the tourists for 134 on a green wicket before replying with 520 for nine declared as the pitch flattened out.The West Indies resumed on Monday at 214 for two in their second innings, looking to knock off their 386-run deficit with minimal damage.But the resistance ended with the loss of Kraigg Brathwaite for 91 inside the first hour as three wickets fell before lunch.The wicket was no longer offering the bowlers any assistance but the fight had gone out of the West Indies, with the downward slide gathering pace from the first ball after the interval when Sunil Ambris was out. Ambris, who made a golden duck when he stepped back on to his wicket in his debut first innings, made 18, including a six off Trent Boult, before being caught at first slip off Colin de Grandhomme.Two runs and six balls later, Shane Dowrich (three) steered a Neil Wagner delivery straight to Mitchell Santner at point.It was the [Read More…]

Nov 052017

RAJKOT: Colin Munro Saturday said he was relishing batting top of the order after his blistering century powered New Zealand to a series-levelling win against India in the second T20I. Munro, a middle-order batsman who was promoted to open the innings in India, smashed an unbeaten 58-ball 109 to propel the Kiwis to 196-2 in Rajkot. Kiwi fast-bowler Trent Boult then claimed four wickets to restrict India to 156-7 despite a valiant 42-ball 65 from Indian skipper Virat Kohli. But it was Munro’s supreme batting show that set up New Zealand’s 40-run win after their opening loss to India in the three-match series. Dew no excuse for dropped catches, says NZ captain Williamson “I love batting at the top of the order, getting the team off to a flyer with Guppy (Martin Guptill),” the left-handed batsman said after receiving the man of the match award. “The way I bat is the same every time, whether I’m chasing 200 or 120. Go out there, stay still and try and hit fours and sixes.” Munro put on 105 runs for the opening wicket with Guptill, to lay a solid foundation after the Kiwis elected to bat first on a wicket that promised runs. Munro made the most of his two reprieves, on 45 and 79, to register his second T20 ton — in just 54 balls. “Few chances went my way, but that’s T20 cricket, you need luck in your way. Felt good with the bat, but had been getting out at funny [Read More…]

Sep 202017

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: An undersea earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 magnitude struck in the remote Southern Ocean south of New Zealand on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said. More than 224 killed in powerful Mexico quake: authorities The quake, at a shallow depth of 10 km (6 miles), was recorded 211 km (140 miles) west of the sub-Antarctic Auckland Island, off New Zealand’s South Island, the USGS said. There were no tsunami warnings issued immediately after the quake. The post Magnitude 6.1 earthquake strikes south of New Zealand: USGS appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

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