Dec 022017
 
Faheem out of NZ tour

LAHORE: Pakistan team lost all rounder Faheem Ashraf for the New Zealand tour due to hamstring injury.Ashraf now joins the list of the injured fast bowlers in the ongoing National T20 Cup. The youngster representing the Faisalabad side also missed the semifinal of the tournament, which his team lost by 10 runs against the Lahore Whites.The all rounder is now at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore, undergoing rehab and hope to get fit in time for the tour of New Zealand in January next year.Ashraf came into limelight after impressive showings against Sri Lanka, where he became the first bowler from Pakistani to attain a hat trick in T20 format.Meanwhile, Pakistan tour of New Zealand will feature five One-day Internationals and three T20s and one practice game. The tour will begin on January 3, next year and would conclude on January 28. Click for detailed story

Nov 122017
 
Bates shines as NZ clinch series

SHARJAH: Suzie Bates scored her second successive half-century to lead New Zealand women to a series-clinching 42-run win over Pakistan women in the third T20I here on Sunday. Bates’ unbeaten 65 off 57 balls (3×4, 2×6) proved the difference in a low-scoring contest, as Pakistan, chasing 127, slumped to 84 all out. Bates steered New Zealand out of early trouble after they chose to bat first. Natalia Pervaiz struck two early blows to leave New Zealand 31 for 3 in the seventh over, following which Bates took control, adding 57 for the fourth wicket with Katey Martin (25) and an unbroken 38 off 19 balls for the fifth wicket with Katie Perkins (14*). Pakistan’s chase got off to a good start, with Nahida Khan (23) and Sidra Ameen (16) adding 39 in 29 balls. But Sophie Devine’s dismissal of Ameen triggered a collapse that saw all ten wickets fall for the addition of only 45 runs. Medium-pacer Hannah Rowe grabbed three wickets, while the legspinner Amelia Kerr picked up two. Click for detailed story

Nov 092017
 
Devine, Bates take NZ women 2-0 up

SHARJAH: New Zealand went 2-0 up in the four-match T20I series after Pakistan fell 39 short of their 151-run target here on Thursday. This after New Zealand endured a sensational collapse, losing five wickets in six deliveries to slide from 138 for 3 to 139 for 8. Electing to bat first, openers Sophie Devine (70 off 44 balls) and captain Suzie Bates (52 off 43 balls) raised the 100 in just the 13th over, before Javeria Khan struck to break the stand and then dismiss Katie Perkins in her next over. It was in the subsequent over that the dramatic collapse unfolded, starting with Amy Satterthwaite’s wicket, followed by the run outs of Katey Martin, Maddy Green and Sam Curtis. In the next over, Sadia Yousuf removed Thamsyn Newton for a duck. Anna Paterson and Leigh Kasperek then batted through the last two overs to help cross 150. Pakistan started slowly in their chase with openers Nahida Khan and Sidra Ameen adding just 29 runs in the first five overs. It was Bates who halted their progress, dismissing Ameen for 18 and running Nahida out within the next two overs. Javeria and captain Bismah Mahroof couldn’t bring out the big hits and their wickets left Pakistan reeling at 77 for 4. Aliya Riyaz (23 off 22 balls) and Sidra Nawaz took Pakistan across 100, but offspinner Satterthwaite dismissed both of them in the penultimate over. But by then the game was well and truly out of grasp. Click for detailed [Read More…]

Jun 092017
 
Bangladesh pacers break NZ opening stand in must-win game

Luke Ronchi/ReutersCARDIFF: Fast bowler Taskin Ahmed handed Bangladesh their first breakthrough with Luke Ronchi’s wicket, after the Black Caps won the toss and decided to bat in their final group match of this year´s Champions Trophy. Pacer Rubel Hossain had Martin Guptill trapped lbw not long after, reducing New Zealand to 69-2 and interrupting flow of runs.Both the teams are desperately seeking victory knowing even a win in Cardiff on Friday may not take either of them into the semifinals. They have a point apiece after they were each well beaten by England, while their respective matches with Australia ended in rain-induced no results.England are already into the last four and Australia will join them there if they defeat the tournament hosts in the final Group A fixture at Edgbaston on Saturday.It all leaves Bangladesh and New Zealand needing to win in Wales and then hope England put one over their archrivals, assuming more bad weather does not disrupt those calculations.New Zealand should have the edge over Bangladesh when it comes to local knowledge given their 87-run defeat by England in Cardiff on Tuesday.“When it´s not seaming and it´s not swinging, obviously we need to look at different measures,” New Zealand paceman Trent Boult told reporters at Cardiff on Thursday.“I think we all know the importance of getting wickets early in the innings and putting the team under pressure is where you can really set the game up.New Zealand captain Kane Williamson made a brilliant hundred against Australia before following up [Read More…]

Jun 072017
 
Fakhar Zaman earns praise from England, NZ greats after ODI debut

Fakhar Zaman has earned the praise of former cricketing greats Stephen Fleming and Michael Vaughan after making his one-day international (ODI) debut against South Africa in the ICC Champions Trophy.Zaman, who scored 31 off 23 balls, maintained an impressive strike rate of 134 with six boundaries, earning the praise of cricketing legends on Twitter. "Where has Fakhar been hiding? (He) looks like a marvellous striker of a ball!" exclaimed former England captain Michael Vaughan in a tweet during the match. Similarly, former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming expressed his surprise at the talent of the 27-year-old batsman."Question has to be asked ─ where has this Fakhar been hiding? Great start Pakistan!" tweeted Fleming, the Black Caps' most successful captain. Zaman was handed his Pakistan cricket team cap by Shoaib Malik prior to the match against South Africa in Birmingham, marking his ODI debut. Click for detailed story

May 262017
 
NZ captain says no room for error in Champions Trophy

Photo: Reuters LONDON: New Zealand cricket captain Kane Williamson said the squad he will lead into June´s Champions Trophy should be in good form given plenty of recent preparations but admits that is no guarantee for success when it comes to one-off clashes.Williamson, who is set to lead New Zealand into his first major 50-over tournament as captain, said a lot of the team´s members have been heavily involved in the Indian Premier League while others were in Ireland for the Tri-Series last week.“It counts for something but not for everything because we still come back to one-off clashes with opponents and if you win then you can go a long way in the competition,” said Williamson, who took over as captain from Brendon McCullum in 2016.“But there is not much time for slip-ups or conservative cricket.”New Zealand are in Group A of the Champions Trophy, to be held in England from June 1-18, with Australia, England and Bangladesh the other teams in their group.Williamson is familiar with being a part of thrilling one-day series in England but hopes his team will fare better this year after squandering a 2-1 lead over England in a best-of-five one-day series in 2015.“Any time you have those experiences against opponents you are coming up against in similar conditions, it is the same side too, it is only a good thing,” said Williamson.“But you don´t tend to look too much into it in tournaments like this – it is a one-off game and both teams [Read More…]

Apr 062017
 
Latham to lead NZ in Champions Trophy warm-ups

AUCKLAND: Tom Latham has been appointed New Zealand captain for one-day matches against Ireland and Bangladesh ahead of the Champions Trophy, New Zealand Cricket said on Thursday. The 25-year-old opening batsman will step in for usual captain Kane Williamson, who has commitments in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Vice-captain Tim Southee will also still be playing in the IPL when the triangular series starts in Ireland on May 12. “Tom has been a leader within the side for a while now and this is a chance to continue his development in that area,” selector Gavin Larsen said in a statement. “It’s a great learning opportunity for Tom and a chance for other squad members to take on a bigger leadership role too.” Fast bowler Seth Rance and all-rounder Scott Kuggeleijn, who was drafted into the Test squad last month but did not play, could make their ODI debuts during the series. Pace bowler Neil Wagner could also make his ODI debut during the series. “This is a fantastic opportunity to give new players a taste of international cricket, as well as reward guys who have pushed their way back into contention,” said Larsen. Click for detailed story

Mar 292017
 
South Africa ?saved by rain? as NZ denied series-levelling win

HAMILTON: New Zealand were left frustrated on Wednesday after rain washed out the last day´s play of the final Test against South Africa, denying them a series-levelling win. At the start of the day, South Africa were on the ropes at 80 for five in their second innings, still 95 runs short of making New Zealand bat again. But the rain which had disrupted part of each of the first four days fell persistently on Wednesday, forcing the umpires to abandon play without a ball being bowled. “Obviously very frustrating, coming into the last day with a lot to play for,” said New Zealand captain Kane Williamson. “Saying that, we were probably quite fortunate to play as much cricket as we did in this Test. “Overall, we have to look at this game as a really positive game and one that was potentially one of our best Test performances of the home summer.” South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, who was unbeaten on 15, said their plan was for him to block all day while Quinton de Kock, also not out 15, chased the runs. “It´s a real fair assessment to say we got saved by the rain,” said du Plessis. “We were still very driven in making sure we do whatever it takes to get through but if you look realistically at the odds, New Zealand can count themselves very unlucky.” The drawn outcome ensured South Africa took the series 1-0 after winning the second Test in Wellington by [Read More…]

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