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Karunaratne ton delays New Zealand victory push

CHRISTCHURCH: Dimuth Karunaratne thwarted a tiring New Zealand bowling attack to score his maiden test century and stymie the hosts' push for a win inside three days in the first test as Sri Lanka reached 293 for five in their second innings at close of play on Sunday.

Williamson ton puts NZ in control of deciding test

Kane Williamson registered his seventh test century to put New Zealand in control of the third and deciding test against West Indies at the end of a rain-affected fourth day in Barbados on Sunday. Williamson made an unbeaten 161, his highest test score, after more than three hours of play had been lost. "Every time you get the chance to play a knock that puts the team in a good position is always one you remember," he said after New Zealand finished on 331 for seven, a lead of 307 runs. "It's always nice to get a big…

New Zealand all out on 293 in third test against West Indies

Kraigg Brathwaite and Chris Gayle led West Indies to 32 without loss, a deficit of 261 runs, at the end of the first day in the third and deciding test against New Zealand in Bridgetown, Barbados on Thursday. Brathwaite, man of the match in the second test in Trinidad following his maiden century, finished on 11 while Gayle was 18 not out after almost being run out for a duck and then smashing a straight six. The visitors were bowled out for 293 after wasting a succession of starts by their middle-order batsmen and the…

Neesham scores century as NZ take control of first test

All-rounder Jimmy Neesham became the first New Zealander, and just the eighth player overall, to score centuries in each of his first two tests as the tourists ended the second day of the first test against West Indies with a huge first innings lead. Neesham, who scored 137 not out on debut against India in February, was dismissed for 107 after sharing a 201-run partnership with wicketkeeper BJ Watling (89) to take the visitors to 508 for seven declared at Sabina Park in Kingston. West Indies openers Chris Gayle (eight)…