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NZ bowlers rip through Pakistan to complete Test series whitewash

NZ bowlers rip through Pakistan to complete Test series whitewash

Hamilton [New Zealand], Nov.29 : New Zealand bowlers displayed a scintillating performance as the home side pulled off a crushing 138-run win over Pakistan on Day Five of the second Test to complete the two-match series whitewash at the Seddon Park here on Tuesday.

Chasing a daunting target of 369 runs, openers Sami Aslam (91) and stand-in skipper Azhar Ali (58) provided their side with a solid start by sharing a crucial 131-run partnership.

However, Pakistan failed to build partnership after the duo's dismissal and were eventually bundled out for 230 runs. Apart from Kiwis' skillful bowling, it was Pakistan's horrendous batting which led to their downfall as they lost their last nine wickets for just 90 odd runs.

Hamilton Test: Taylor's century helps NZ set 369-run target for Pak

Hamilton Test: Taylor's century helps NZ set 369-run target for Pak

Hamilton [New Zealand], Nov. 28 : Veteran batsman Ross Taylor scored an unbeaten knock of 102 to help his side set a target of 369 runs for Pakistan in the second and last Test here at the Seddon Park in Hamilton.

With three overs to survive before stumps on Day Four, Pakistan openers Sami Aslam (1*) and skipper Azhar Ali (0*) got through the task unscathed.

Earlier, Taylor scored his 16th Test hundred to drive New Zealand to a declaration 20 minutes before the end of the day's play which was completely dominated by the hosts.

Hamilton Test: Black Caps secure 55 run lead on rain-curtailed day

Hamilton Test: Black Caps secure 55 run lead on rain-curtailed day

Hamilton [New Zealand], Nov.27 : Tim Southee, New Zealand's bowling mainstay, took a six-wicket haul to help the hosts secure a 55-run lead on a damp third day of the second and final Test against Pakistan here at Seddon Park.

Only 38.1 overs of play was possible in the entire day. A short shower spell forced lunch eight minutes early, and only six balls were possible in the second session.

Resuming at the overnight score of 76 for 5 and trailing by 195, Pakistan's innings ended 5.2 overs into the third session before they narrowed down the deficit to 55, after which the New Zealand openers came out and faced one ball before it rained again.

Southee, Wagner leave Pakistan reeling in Hamilton Test

Southee, Wagner leave Pakistan reeling in Hamilton Test

Hamilton [New Zealand], Nov. 26 : New Zealand pacers Tim Southee and Neil Wagner wrecked havoc to leave Pakistan reeling at the end of Day Two of the second Test here at the Seddon Park in Hamilton on Saturday.

Both Southee and Wagner ripped through Pakistan's batting line-up to leave the visitors in tatters at 76 for 5 at stumps, still 195 runs short of hosts' first innings total of 271.

Southee scalped three wickets while Wagner took two to leave the Azhar Ali-led side at sixes and sevens. Sami Aslam (5), Ali (1) and Younis Khan (2) were Southee's victims, while Wagner dislodged Mohammad Rizwan (0) and Asad Shafiq (23) at the fag end of the day.

Earlier resuming the day at 77 for 2, the Black Caps slipped to 119 for 5 before their lower order hauled them to 271.

Trent Boult ruled out of Hamilton Test

Trent Boult ruled out of Hamilton Test

Wellington [New Zealand], Nov. 24 : New Zealand pacer Trent Boult has been ruled of the second Test of the two-match series against Pakistan---commencing from November 25 at the Seddon Park in Hamilton---due to a knee injury.

The Black Caps have brought in Doug Bracewell in place of Boult in the squad.

Head coach Mike Hesson said that Boult had "irritation in the joint of his right knee" since the India tour, which the Kiwis went on to lose 0-3. The injury had since aggravated while fielding in the first Test in Christchurch. However, the left-arm pacer did bowl in both the innings of the Christchurch Test and finished with match figures of 5 for 76.

Wrist fracture rules Santner out of opening Test against Pak

Wrist fracture rules Santner out of opening Test against Pak

Christchurch [New Zealand], Nov.4 : In a major blow to New Zealand, all-rounder Mitchell Santner has been ruled out of opening Test of the two-match series against Pakistan due to a fractured wrist.

The 24-year-old was struck on his right wrist during a practice session with the Northern Districts and is now also doubtful for the second Test, which will begin from November 25 in Hamilton.

Reflecting on Santner's injury, New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said although it looks unlikely for the all-rounder to be available for the second Test, they would closely monitor his recovery in order to have him back.

Neesham lauds Dhoni, Kohli for outstanding batting display in Mohali

Wellington [New Zealand], Oct.24 : New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham is full of praise for India's limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and swashbuckling batsman Virat Kohli, after the duo stitched a huge 151-run partnership to guide their side to an emphatic seven-wicket win in the third ODI of the five-match series in Mohali last evening.

The 26-year-old, who was brought in the squad as a replacement for Anton Devcich, believes that it was not his side who bowled poorly, but it was the Indian duo who batted outstandingly.

"We fought pretty hard with the bat to get what was a slightly below par total. I don't think we bowled that badly in the second half of the game, but the way Virat and MS batted was outstanding," Neesham was quoted as saying by Stuff.co.nz.

Corey Anderson roped in as specialist batsman for ODI series against India

Wellington [New Zealand], Sept. 19 : New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson has been recalled to the ODI squad as a specialist batsman for the five-match series against India, starting in Dharamsala on October 16.

Anderson played his last international game during the World T20 in India before a back injury ruled him out of the tours of Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Reflecting on his recall, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) selector Gavin Larsen said that Anderson had done a lot of hard work to make a return to the national squad, adding that his presence would surely strengthen the middle-order.

Sangakkara blitz helps Lanka thrash England by nine wickets in WC tie

Sangakkara blitz helps Lanka thrash England by nine wickets in WC tie

Wellington, Mar 01 - Sri Lanka have almost ensured their place in the quarterfinals of the Cricket World Cup 2015 after they defeated England by nine wickets on Sunday at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

Opting to bat first, England got off to a sluggish start with their opener Muhammad Ali scoring just 15 runs before returning to the stands as Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews claimed his wicket.

Ali's opening partner Ian Bell fell one run short of his half-century as he fell prey to Suranga Lakmal's express delivery.

Gary Ballance also failed to impress with the bat as he was caught and bold for just six runs by Tillakaratne Dilshan.

Finch says negating Southee's outstanding swing key to success against Kiwis

Australian opener Aaron Finch

Wellington, Feb 24 - Australian opener Aaron Finch has claimed that he and David Warner are going to have to play as well as they can to try and negate the outstanding New Zealand swing bowlers Tim Southee and Trent Boult, when the two sides lock horns at the Eden Park on Saturday.

The venue is tailor-made for very high-scoring, given the reduced distance to the ropes beyond each end of the pitch, which would be only 55 metres from the centre of the wicket on Saturday - a full five metres shorter than Sydney's ANZ Stadium.

The reduced boundary length might not prove good for the bowlers given the big-hitting batsmen in both the sides.

Google wins lawsuit that claimed it coerced manufacturers to offer its apps

Google wins lawsuit that claimed it coerced manufacturers to offer its apps

Wellington, Feb 23 - Google has reportedly won a lawsuit that claimed it abused its market power by forcing device makers that used its Android platform to provide the search engine company's applications.

Google was accused of forcing manufacturers to make its search engine the default option on devices powered by Android and coercing smartphone makers like, Samsung, to offer less popular Android applications in order to pre-load, for free, favourites such as YouTube, reported Stuff.co.nz.

U.S. District Judge Beth L Freeman in San Jose, California, said that the consumers failed to identify the damage that the antitrust laws they sued under were designed to address. The judge gave the consumers' lawyers three weeks to amend some of their claims and refile the case.

Kanye West developing video game dedicated to mother, daughter

Kanye West

Wellington, Feb 23 - Kanye West is all set to make a video game based on his latest single 'Only One' as a tribute to his mother Donda and daughter North West, it has been reported.

The 37-year-old revealed his plan in an interview with a radio station saying that the idea was that it was his mother going through the gates of Heaven, and one has got to bring her to the highest gate of Heaven by holding her to the light, Stuff.co.nz reported.

West added that he has been working on the video game for about six months. (ANI)

Windies rout 'feeble' Pak to clinch 150-run win in CWC tie

Andre Russell

Wellington, Feb 21 - It sure was a battle of the unpredictables as West Indies left Pakistan humiliated after reducing the Misbah-ul Haq-led side to splinters to clinch a massive 150-run win in their World Cup Pool B clash at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch.

Put in to bat first, West Indies put up a respectable total of 310-6 in their allotted 50 overs, thanks to Denesh Ramdin (51) and Lendl Simmons' (50) half-centuries and all-rounder Andre Russell 's brisk 42 off just 13 deliveries.

After getting off to a stuttering start with opener Darren Smith and big-hitting batsman Chris Gayle going off for their individual 23 and four runs respectively, Darren Bravo steadied the ship for the West Indies with his 49-run knock before a hamstring injury forced him to retire from the match.

Boxing's richest Mayweather-Pacquiao bout finally agreed to be held on May 2nd

Floyd Mayweather Jr

Wellington, Feb 21 - The long awaited mega bout between unbeaten US boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr and Filipino politician and boxer Manny Pacquiao has finally been agreed upon and it is reportedly projected to be the most lucrative bout ever in the sport's history.

Mayweather revealed that the long awaited bout, which had been more than five years in the making, would take place in Las Vegas on May 2.

Showtime and HBO would jointly broadcast the bout, which is one of the most eagerly anticipated in boxing since the classic 1975 'Thrilla in Manila' between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier , Stuff. co. nz reported.

Kanye West says Beyonce hangs pics of 'powerful' Kim K on wall for inspiration

Kanye West

Wellington, Feb 21 - Kanye West has revealed about the friendship between his wife Kim Kardashian and Beyonce, saying that the 33-year-old singer keeps pictures of the reality star on her wall.

The 37-year-old rapper said that Kardashian and Beyonce love and respect each other, Stuff. co. nz reported.

West added that when Beyonce is working on an album, she has pictures of Kardashian on the wall, because the reality star represents powerful women.

He mentioned that Kardashian plays Beyonce's '7/11' video all the time and also for their daughter. (ANI)

Dhoni claims India can still 'improve' post 76-run win over Pak in CWC opener

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Wellington, Feb 16 - India cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that his side can still improve, despite claiming that their win against Pakistan was to quite extent a very complete game for all of them.

India beat Pakistan by 76 runs at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday to start their World Cup campaign on a winning note. Since arriving in Australia in November, India had only won one match, a practise game against Afghanistan, and they were under pressure.

And skipper Dhoni knew that it was important for India to avoid losing to Pakistan in their opening World Cup match. After the victory, Dhoni said that he felt the guys did really well because a World Cup opening game against Pakistan is a high-stake game, Stuff. co. nz reported.

'Struggling' Woods taking indefinite leave from golf, admits needs lot of work on game

Tiger Woods

Wellington, Feb 12 - Former world number one golfer Tiger Woods has admitted that he needs a lot of work on his game and is therefore taking an indefinite leave from the professional tour.

The 14-times major champion, who had back surgery last year, withdrew from last week's Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, his second start of the season, after just 11 holes because of tightness in his back.

Woods would be expected to compete next at the February 26-March 1 Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens in Florida based on his usual tournament schedule, Stuff. co. nz reported.

The 'inappropriate' query that shocked Taylor Swift

The 'inappropriate' query that shocked Taylor Swift

Wellington, Feb 11 : Taylor Swift has recently faced one of the most awkward questions/statements at the Grammys 2015.

Entertainment Tonight host Nancy O'Dell asked the 25-year-old singer if she would be going home with "lots of men" after the Grammy Awards, Stuff. co. nz reported.

O'Dell said that she just wanted to show the legs, because as she was telling the 'Shake it Off' singer ahead of time, "I think you're going to walk home with more than just a trophy tonight. I think lots of men."

Shocked Swift took a deep breath to bluntly reply that she is not going to walk home with any men, adding she is going to go hang out with her friends and then go home to the cats because men get me in trouble.

Williamson, Taylor's tons anchor Kiwis to 119-run win against Pak in second ODI

Kane Williamson Ross TaylorWellington, Feb 03 : Big-hitting batsmen Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor powered New Zealand to their highest one-day total of 369-5 against Pakistan with their respective tons to guide the hosts to a 119-run victory over the tourists in the second and final ODI at McLean Park in Napier.

Williamson's brilliant knock of 112 off 88 deliveries, including 14 fours and one six, and Taylor's unbeaten 102 off 70 deliveries, including 13 fours and two sixes, guided New Zealand to the gigantic total in their 50 overs.

Djokovic says winning Oz Open title more meaningful, 'intrinsic' post becoming dad

Wellington, Feb 02 - World number one tennis player Novak Djokovic has claimed that his Australian Open win has a deeper meaning and a 'more intrinsic value' now to his life because he is a father.

Djokovic, who defeated Andy Murray 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-0 to clinch his fifth Australian Open title on Sunday, turned his thoughts to his family, rather than the trophy he had just won.



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