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New Zealand expecting tougher examination from Pakistan in ODI series

WELLINGTON: Having walloped the West Indies without raising a sweat, New Zealand are expecting a more rigorous workout when the one-day series against Pakistan begins in Wellington on Saturday. Pakistan are on a nine-match winning streak, which includes winning the ICC Champions Trophy and in their one warm-up game they scored an impressive 341-9 against a New Zealand XI with unbeaten centuries to openers Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali. They then rolled the New Zealand side for 221 with Shadab Khan taking four wickets.…

South Africa beat New Zealand in second Test with eight wickets

WELLINGTON: South Africa beat New Zealand by eight wickets on the third day of the second Test here on Saturday. Proteas in their second innings hurtled to lose wickets of Cook and Elgar before safely reaching to the target of 82 runs in the third session of the day to win the match by eight wickets. Earlier, Keshav Maharaj took a career best six wickets as New Zealand crumbled to be all out for 171 in their second innings on day three of the second Test in Wellington. Keshav Maharaj took a career best six wickets…

Latham keeps New Zealand afloat against Bangladesh

WELLINGTON: A patient Tom Latham carved out his sixth century to keep New Zealand afloat as they moved closer to avoiding a follow on against a rampant Bangladesh after three days of the first Test in Wellington. While the left-handed opener calmly went about his work at the Basin Reserve on Saturday, Bangladesh removed senior batsmen Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor after declaring early in the day at an imposing 595-8. At stumps, New Zealand were 292-3, still 303 runs behind, with Latham on 119 and Henry Nicholls on…

Shakib double ton helps Bangladesh crush New Zealand

WELLINGTON: Bangladesh hammered New Zealand with a double century by Shakib Al Hasan in a record-breaking second day of the first Test in Wellington on Friday. But they kept declaration plans after reaching 542-7 on day two, and New Zealand insisted they were still in the game. Shakib scored a Bangladesh innings record of 217 and captain Mushfiqur Rahim added 159 in a 359-run stand, which set a record for any Bangladesh partnership. Mushfiqur described the tourists' position as "really satisfying". "Let's see,"…

Bangladesh make solid start in rainy first test against New Zealand

WELLINGTON: Persistent rain and bad light affected much of the opening day's play in the first test between New Zealand and Bangladesh on Thursday with the visitors handily placed on 154 for three after being asked to bat on a green Basin Reserve wicket. Mominul Haque was on 64 while all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was five not out when umpires Paul Reiffel and Marais Erasmus took the players off at 1830 (0530 GMT) due to bad light and abandoned play 15 minutes later. The players had left the field before lunch and tea due…