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New Zealand crumble as Australia win second T20 to clinch series | – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Australia dominated the second Twenty20 international in Auckland on Friday, securing a convincing 72-run victory against New Zealand to clinch the three-match series.Leg-spinner Adam Zampa played a pivotal role, taking 4-34 and dismantling the middle order as the hosts were bowled out for 102 in 17 overs at Eden Park.New Zealand faced early setbacks in their run chase and struggled to mount a significant challenge against the Australian bowlers.Glenn Phillips fought valiantly with a score of 42, but his dismissal in the 14th over, caught at long-on off Zampa, dealt a severe blow to New Zealand's hopes.Devon Conway's thumb injury, sustained while wicket-keeping, added to New Zealand's woes and ruled him out of batting. The extent of his injury raises doubts about his availabi...
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Tim David, Mitchell Marsh propel Australia to thrilling T20 win over New Zealand | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In a thrilling encounter, Australia secured a dramatic six-wicket victory over New Zealand in the first Twenty20 international in Wellington on Wednesday.Chasing a formidable target of 216, Australian skipper Mitchell Marsh played a crucial role, scoring 72 off 44 balls. The match reached its climax when Tim David, with a brilliant unbeaten knock of 31, hit a four off the last ball to seal the nail-biting win.arlier, New Zealand's Rachin Ravindra had set the stage with an impressive innings, scoring 68 runs off 35 balls and claiming his first half-century in the T20 format. Despite this strong performance, Australia managed to chase down the target in a tense finish.The victory in the three-match series holds significance for both teams as it serves as the final preparation b...
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Former Pakistan team director Mohammad Hafeez reveals conversation with Babar Azam | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Pakistan team director Mohammad Hafeez revealed details of his conversation with star batters Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan during the recently concluded T20I series against New Zealand.Pakistan managed to avoid a whitewash in the five-match T20I series by securing a 42-run victory in the final game, ending their tour with a 4-1 record. In the first three games, Babar displayed signs of returning to form after a lackluster performance in last year's World Cup and the Test series against Australia.Against the Kiwis, he scored 57, 66, and 58 respectively, amassing a total of 213 runs with an average of 42.6 for the series. Hafeez emphasized the significance of every player's contribution in the team's success during his conversation with Babar."You are a great player, y...
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David Warner recalls his T20 roots ahead of final 20-over tour with Australia | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Australian opener David Warner recalled his time playing for the Northern Districts Knights in New Zealand's domestic 20-over tournament, calling it an eye-opener.Speaking before the first T20 match between Australia and New Zealand in Wellington on Wednesday, Warner mentioned that there were limited opportunities in the tournament back in 2010."That was an eye opener - there wasn't much out there," Warner was quoted by cricket.com.au as saying.Warner made his debut for Northern Districts Knights in December 2010 at the age of 24. The following year, he made his international debut in the 50 and 20-over formats. Warner expressed his confusion during the tournament, feeling like he was in a 'ghost town'."It was the first place I went to, I didn't know what was going on. I lite...
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Stress fracture sidelines New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson | Cricket News – Times of India

New Zealand Cricket disclosed on Saturday that fast bowler Kyle Jamieson is set for another extended period on the sidelines due to a stress fracture in his back.Following New Zealand's triumph over South Africa in the first Test at Mount Maunganui earlier this month, scans revealed the injury, sidelining Jamieson from cricket for a minimum of six months.After his impressive performance with match figures of 6-93, the towering seamer reported back pain, forcing him to miss the second Test.Remarkably, the injury is in the same area as a previous fracture that necessitated surgery in February of the previous year. However, the team's medical staff has opted against another operation.Expressing his frustration, the 29-year-old admitted that facing another round of rehabilitation was a toug...
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New Zealand register maiden Test series win against South Africa | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Kane Williamson's century on Friday at Seddon Park in Hamilton helped New Zealand win a Test series against South Africa for the first time. The team triumphed by seven wickets in the second Test.In the fourth innings of a close Test in Hamilton, Williamson's unbeaten 133 was the driving force behind their 269-3 victory, completing a 2-0 series victory against the undermanned tourists.The Black Caps had not beaten the Proteas in 17 previous Test series dating back to 1931, having lost 13 and drawn four.As New Zealand completed their target of 267 late on day four, Williamson, 33, was systematic during a 260-ball stay, putting on an uninterrupted stand of 152 with Will Young, who hit 60 not out.Williamson has now scored seven centuries in seven Test matches, including two tons...
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2nd Test: David Bedingham’s century sets challenging target for New Zealand | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: South Africa's David Bedingham showcased his class with a magnificent maiden century, leaving New Zealand facing a daunting target of 267 to win the second and final Test in Hamilton.Bedingham's career-best knock of 110 anchored South Africa's second innings, supported by contributions from Keegan Petersen (43) and captain Neil Brand (34). Scorecard: New Zealand vs South Africa, 2nd TestThe tourists set New Zealand a challenging task, aiming to square the series 1-1 and prevent the Black Caps from securing their first-ever series win over the Proteas.On the third day, New Zealand found themselves at 40/1 in their second innings at stumps, still needing 227 runs to secure victory. Opener Tom Latham remained unbeaten on 21, while Devon Conway fell leg before wicket to Dane Pied...
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‘I’m well and truly done’: David Warner after his final international match at home | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Australia's veteran opener David Warner, who played his last international match at home in Perth on Tuesday, has conveyed that it's time to provide opportunities to younger players.The 37-year-old cricketer's final one-day international (ODI) appearance was in the 50-over World Cup title clash last year. Additionally, his Test career concluded with a half-century in the Sydney Test against Pakistan in January.Warner's remarks indicate a recognition of the importance of succession planning and nurturing young talent within the Australian cricket setup.As Warner bids farewell to international cricket on home soil, he emphasises the need for the team to look ahead and invest in the development of the next generation of players who will carry the torch forward.Warner's contribut...
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Daryl Mitchell to miss second Test against South Africa due to foot injury | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: New Zealand Cricket announced on Thursday that Black Caps batter Daryl Mitchell will be sidelined for the second Test against South Africa next week to prioritize his fitness for the upcoming home series against world champions Australia.Despite playing a pivotal role in New Zealand's resounding 281-run victory in the first Test against South Africa, Mitchell will be absent from the second match due to a persistent foot problem.The 32-year-old, who boasts an impressive record of five centuries in 31 Tests, will also be unavailable for the three Twenty20 matches against Australia scheduled for this month. This decision has been made to ensure Mitchell receives adequate treatment for his foot injury, which previously sidelined him during the home Twenty20 series against Pakista...
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1st Test: New Zealand thrash second-string South Africa by 281 runs | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Late on the fourth day of the first Test on Wednesday, New Zealand defeated an inexperienced South Africa team by 281 runs, securing a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.The Black Caps declared their second innings at 179/4, setting the Proteas an intimidating 529 to win at Mount Maunganui's Bay Oval.Within the first twenty minutes, the home seamers easily removed openers Neil Brand and Edward Moore, but when Zubayr Hamza (36), along with Raynard van Tonder (31), shared a third-wicket stand of 63, the innings progressed slowly.After lunch, Kyle Jamieson (4-58) came out swinging and quickly removed both, but David Bedingham later proved to be an even bigger obstacle.In his third Test match, the 29-year-old right-hander finally replicated his first-class, prolific form at the hig...
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Mitchell Marsh to captain Australia in T20 series against New Zealand | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Mitchell Marsh is poised to lead Australia in the upcoming Twenty20 World Cup, having been named captain for a three-match series in New Zealand this month. The series serves as the final preparation for the team before the global showpiece in June.Former captain Aaron Finch retired from T20 leadership a year ago, leaving the position vacant.Despite Test and one-day skipper Pat Cummins returning to the squad for the New Zealand series, Mitchell Marsh has been entrusted with the captaincy for the matches in Auckland and Wellington.The 15-man squad, reflecting full-strength, includes key players such as Travis Head, Steve Smith, and left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc, who are set to bolster the team's firepower. Head selector George Bailey highlighted the significance of these mat...
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‘It’s a real ‘pinch-me’ moment’: Rachin Ravindra on playing alongside Kane Williamson | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In a heartfelt tribute, New Zealand's young star Rachin Ravindra expressed admiration for Kane Williamson, describing the experience of batting alongside the seasoned 33-year-old as "very special."Following the conclusion of the first day of the Test match between New Zealand and South Africa in Mount Maunganui, Ravindra shared his sentiments, labelling the opportunity to share the pitch with his "idol" Williamson as a "pinch-me" moment.Reflecting on Williamson's century in the match, the 24-year-old couldn't contain his awe, describing it as "unbelievable" that the right-handed batsman continues to exhibit such prowess by smashing centuries. The admiration and appreciation from the emerging talent highlight the impact and inspiration that Williamson brings to the younger pla...
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Kane Williamson hits century to surpass Virat Kohli and Don Bradman | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In a remarkable display of skill and experience, New Zealand's seasoned batsman Kane Williamson outshone both Virat Kohli and legendary Australian cricketer Don Bradman in the Test hundreds list on Sunday.Williamson demonstrated his prowess, concluding the Day 1 of the first Test unbeaten with an impressive score of 112 (259) against South Africa at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.The veteran batsman commenced the year 2024 with a stellar performance, notching up his 30th Test century and forming an unbroken partnership of 219 runs with Rachin Ravindra (118*).This century propelled Williamson ahead of both Kohli and Bradman, who had accumulated 29 centuries each. Additionally, he equalled the tally of England's Joe Root, who also boasts 30 Test centuries.Facing a challenging ...
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NZ vs WI, 1st Test: New Zealand dominate opening day with Rachin Ravindra’s maiden century | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Rachin Ravindra's maiden Test century and Kane Williamson's 30th century guided New Zealand to a commanding position on the opening day of the first Test against a depleted South Africa at Bay Oval. The Kiwis posted 258 for two with an unbroken stand of 219.Scorecard: New Zealand vs South Africa, 1st TestSouth Africa, opting to bowl after winning the toss, made an immediate impact when debutant Tshepo Moreki dismissed Devon Conway in the second over. Dane Paterson, another Proteas debutant, had Tom Blundell edge behind for 20.However, Ravindra and Williamson showcased resilience against accurate seam-bowling by South Africa's inexperienced attack. The duo patiently built their partnership, frustrating the Proteas as they ended the day safely at the crease.Ravindra, playing hi...
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South Africa’s second-string Test squad eager to make a mark in New Zealand | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: South Africa's second-string Test squad is prepared to make their nation proud in New Zealand, even with the majority of their regular players participating in the SA20, the country's T20 competition. Fast bowler Dane Paterson believes that the low profile of their players might work in their favor as they embark on the challenge of facing a full-strength New Zealand side.With eight uncapped players, including debutant captain Neil Brand, the 15-man squad is set to take on New Zealand in the first Test at Mount Maunganui on Sunday. While facing the prospect of continuing their unbeaten record in Test series against New Zealand seems challenging, Paterson is optimistic that the unfamiliarity of their squad might pose a challenge for the hosts.Paterson, who last played a Test m...
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U-19 World Cup: Farmer’s son Raj Limbani cycles his way to success! | Cricket News – Times of India

VADODARA: His virtually unplayable inswinger uprooted the stumps of New Zealand opener Tom Jones off the very first ball of the innings in the U-19 World Cup tie on Tuesday. Before NZ could recover, the 18-year-old Baroda pacer, Raj Limbani scalped another wicket in the same over, setting the stage for India's massive victory at Bloemfontein in South Africa.Limbani's feat came as a pleasant reminder of Baroda pacer Irfan Pathan who claimed a hat-trick against Pakistan in the very first over of the 2006 Karachi Test. Obviously, Limbani felt good after a stupendous performance. "Our team played a good game and I am happy that I could contribute to the victory. It has improved my confidence," Limbani told TOI from South Africa.When asked if he had a specific plan against the Kiwis, Limbani...
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New Zealand name Williamson, Ravindra for Proteas Tests

New Zealand’s Kane Williamson. | Photo Credit: AP Star batters Kane Williamson and Rachin Ravindra were named Friday in the New Zealand squad for the two-match home Test series, starting next week, against an inexperienced South Africa side.Williamson returns to the Black Caps after a hamstring strain sidelined him during the recent home Twenty20 series win over Pakistan, which New Zealand took 4-1.Fresh from being named emerging player of the year by the International Cricket Council, rising star Ravindra will take the place of veteran Henry Nicholls, 32, in the middle order."It was a very tough decision. Henry has been part of the squad for 56 Tests. Whenever you leave a player out, it weighs heavy, but we felt it's time for Rachin," said New Zealand head coach Gary Stead."We know th...
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South Africa’s galvanized young guns set for Test challenge in New Zealand | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: South Africa's head coach, Shukri Conrad, emphasized on Thursday that the lack of Test experience within the Proteas side is proving to be a galvanizing force as they gear up for a two-match series against New Zealand. The South African squad touring New Zealand is notably weakened, with several first-choice players committed to domestic Twenty20 competitions.Of the 15-man squad, eight players are yet to make their Test debut, including captain Neil Brand. Fast bowler Duanne Olivier, with 15 Test appearances, holds the most experience in the squad, and the 31-year-old is keen on rejuvenating a Test career that has been hindered by injuries.Coach Conrad addressed the circumstances, acknowledging the reasons behind the squad composition. He stated, "We are all aware of why the ...
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Pakistan register consolation win, beat New Zealand in 5th T20I | Cricket News – Times of India

Pakistan spinners orchestrated a consolation 42-run victory over New Zealand in the fifth and final Twenty20 international on Sunday, preventing a series clean sweep. Despite losing the series 4-1, the tourists finished on a positive note by defending their total of 134 for 8, as the Black Caps crumbled for a meager 92.In an impressive bowling performance, part-time offspinner Iftikhar Ahmed delivered a career-best performance, claiming figures of 3 for 24.The New Zealand batting lineup, weakened by the absence of key players like Kane Williamson, Devon Conway and Daryl Mitchell, struggled against the turning ball. Only Finn Allen (22) and Glenn Phillips (26) managed to go past 20 runs, and Pakistan seized the last eight wickets for just 39 runs, showcasing their best bowling display of...