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New Zealand trip Stokes suspicion in Australia


MNA Sports Desk: Ben Stokes’s arrival in New Zealand on a ‘private’ trip has been viewed with suspicion in neighbouring Australia, where pundits smelled a plot to recall the exiled cricketer to England’s Ashes squad. New Zealand-born Stokes was omitted from England’s touring party following his arrest on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm in an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September. He remains suspended by the England and Wales cricket board (ECB), pending the result of a police investigation. Stokes greeted his parents after touching down at Christchurch airport on Wednesday but batted away questions from a media ...

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Peru beats Kiwis to reach World Cup finals


MNA Sports Desk: Peru became the last side to clinch their place at next year’s World Cup finals when goals in each half from Jefferson Farfan and Christian Ramos gave them a 2-0 win over New Zealand in the second leg of their inter-confederation playoff on Wednesday. The teams played out a 0-0 draw in the first leg in Wellington on Saturday but Peru got their noses in front on 27 minutes when Farfan hammered home a fierce rising shot from just inside the penalty area to complete a sweeping counter-attack. New Zealand brought on Chris Wood at halftime in ...

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ICC set to approve World Test championship

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MNA Sports Desk: The International Cricket Council (ICC) is set to approve plans for its long-awaited World Test Championship at a meeting in New Zealand this week, it was reported Monday. The sport’s governing body has argued for years that a Test championship is needed to boost the five-day format’s popularity as crowds and television viewers flock to the big-hitting Twenty20 version of the game. But squabbling over formats and fears that some nations will be disadvantaged have twice stymied efforts to launch a league structure since 2010. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that plans for a nine-nation Test championship ...

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Champions Trophy: England booked place in semi-finals


MNA Sports Desk: England captain Eoin Morgan praised his ‘outstanding’ bowling attack after the tournament hosts booked their place in the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy with an 87-run win over New Zealand in Cardiff. Tuesday’s success means England will return to the Welsh capital as Group A winners for a last four clash against the as yet unknown Group B runners-up on June 14, in an event featuring the world’s leading eight one-day international teams. England looked to have fallen short of a par score despite making 310 all out after Joe Root (64), Alex Hales (56) and Ben ...

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Champions Trophy: Rain forces no result in Australia-New Zealand match


MNA Sports Desk: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson made exactly 100 before rain saw his side’s Champions Trophy opener against Australia at Edgbaston on Friday end in a no-result washout. This was an identical outcome to when the teams met at the Birmingham ground in the last edition four years ago. Australia, who were left needing a revised target of 235 to win in 33 overs, were 53 for three off nine when the players left the field for the final time Both teams received a point apiece for the no result from what was their opening match of the ...

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Tri-Nation Series: Bangladesh beat New Zealand by 5 wickets


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh got their prized first away win over New Zealand a week before the start of their Champions Trophy campaign. The Black Caps set the Tigers a 271-run chase at Dublin’s Clontarf Cricket Club Ground on Wednesday. Bangladesh rode on half-centuries from Tamim Iqbal (65) and Sabbir Rahman (65) before Mahmudullah (46) and Mushfiqur Rahim’s (45) gritty stand carried them over the finish line with 10 balls to spare and seal their first away win against the Kiwis. The win helped them climb to No. 6 on the ICC ODI rankings table.  Earlier, New Zealand suffered a ...

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Tri-Nation Series: Bangladesh win toss, elect to bowl first

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bowl first in the 6th and final match of the Tri-Nation Series against New Zealand at Dublin on Wednesday. There is one change for the Bangladesh side – Sunzamul Islam is replaced in the team with Nasir Hossain. Bangladesh Squad Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Nasir Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman. New Zealand Squad Luke Ronchi (wk), Tom Latham (capt), Neil Broom, Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Matt Henry, Mitchell Santner, Hamish Bennett, Jeetan ...

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Bangladesh post 257 against New Zealand


MNA Sports Desk: Half centuries from Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah led Bangladesh to 257 for 9 against New Zealand in the third match of the ODI Tri-Series at Clontarf Cricket Club Ground in Dublin. Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and decided to bowl first. Captain Mortaza returns, and Taskin Ahmed drops out to get Mashrafe back in the team. Bangladesh, which never beat New Zealand in an away or neutral venue in 15 matches, are very much keen to set that record straight. The Tigers’ first game against Ireland was washed out in rain, while the Kiwis ...

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Martin Guptill leads NZ to 7-wicket win against South Africa

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MNA Sports Desk: Opening batsman Martin Guptill scored an unbeaten 180 and lead New Zealand to a seven-wicket win over South Africa in the fourth ODI on Wednesday, tying the five-match series at 2-2. Guptill’s 180 from 138 balls contained 15 fours and 11 sixes and was the highest score by a New Zealand batsman against South Africa, and his unbroken partnership with Ross Taylor (66) was the highest for all wickets for New Zealand against the Proteas. In partnership, the pair guided New Zealand to their winning total of 280-3, surpassing South Africa’s 279-8 with five overs to spare. ...

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NZ secured series-leveling win against South Africa


MNA Sports Desk: New Zealand secured a series-leveling six-run victory in the second one-day international against South Africa on Wednesday. The visitors had been set 290 to win in Christchurch after Ross Taylor scored 102 not out to become New Zealand’s most prolific ODI century-maker in leading his side to 289 for four wickets in their 50 overs at Hagley Oval. South Africa, who won the opener of the five-match series in Hamilton on Sunday, appeared set for victory courtesy of a half century by Quinton de Kock (57) and solid partnerships through the middle order but were unable to ...

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Australia loses despite heroic batting of Marcus Stoinis

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MNA Sports Desk: Australia has fallen agonizingly short of victory in the one-day international series opener against New Zealand despite a spectacular century by Marcus Stoinis. Set just 287 runs to win at the relatively small Eden Park, the tourists crumbled to 6-67 inside 19 overs, but all-rounder Stoinis (146 not out) steadied the ship brilliantly. Having already taken three wickets in his second ODI, he reached three figures off 96 balls and continued pummelling the Black Caps to all parts until number 11 Josh Hazlewood was run out for 0 at the non-striker’s end with Australia on 280. He ...

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New Zealand completed eight victories from eight


MNA Sports Desk: New Zealand completed eight victories from eight against Bangladesh, winning the second test by nine wickets at 7.11pm on an action-packed fourth day in Christchurch. The 2-0 test series victories took them to fifth in the world rankings and sat alongside 3-0 sweeps in both the one-day and Twenty20 internationals. The hosts were dismissed for 354, a lead of 65, before dissecting the visitors for 173 in their second innings. Respite came with a 51-run ninth-wicket stand off 48 balls between Kamrul Islam Rabbi and Taskin Ahmed, prompting a quorum of Bangladeshi fans to launch into a ...

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New Zealand beat Bangladesh in a historic comeback win


MNA Sports Desk: Kane Williamson scored his 15th test century as New Zealand beat Bangladesh in a historic comeback win. New Zealand’s chase was a contrast to the manic day that it was for Bangladesh. Williamson reinforced his reputation as a fourth-innings master. He reached a hundred off only 89 balls, the fourth-fastest in the final innings in all Tests. And yet there were no pyrotechnics. The most he did was meet a few lifters in mid-air and paste them through cover though there was no room on offer, or alternatively work his wrists over them and find the midwicket ...

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Bangladesh lead by 122 runs with 7 wickets remaining

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh claimed a lead of 56 by bowling New Zealand out for 539 and swelled it to 122 runs by stumps on the fourth day, but not without casualties, the biggest of them being Imrul Kayes, who was stretchered off the field with what looked like an injury to his upper left thigh. He had kept wicket for 148.2 overs, substituting for the injured Mushfiqur Rahim and the strain of returning immediately to open the batting caught up with him while attempting a quick single in the last half hour of play. He had to dive into ...

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New Zealand replies well after huge score of Bangladesh

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MNA Sports Desk: New Zealand replies well after huge score of Bangladesh. Tom Latham became only the second New Zealand opener to make a century at Basin Reserve since 1931. His 119 slashed the deficit down to 303 and though he spent all but one hour of play at the batting crease no one learnt anything new about him. That, in itself, was remarkable. Latham has always been strong on the cut and the flick as 83 of his runs came behind the wicket. He succeeds by playing the ball late, and close to the body. Most of all, his ...

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Shakib and Mushfiq Makes History for Bangladesh in Test Cricket


MNA Sports Desk: Shakib and Mushfiq makes history for Bangladesh in test cricket. A maiden double-century from Shakib Al Hasan and 159 imperial runs from Mushfiqur Rahim drove New Zealand into the ground on the second day in Wellington. Along the way, they recorded the highest partnership for Bangladesh in Test cricket (359 runs), their second highest total away from home (542 for 7) and endless smiles on the faces of fans back home staying up through the night. Bangladesh’s two most experienced players and batted 82.2 overs in each other’s company. Shakib’s 217, at a remarkable strike rate of ...

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Bangladesh start strongly in 1st test against Black Caps


MNA Sports Desk: On one of the more miserable days at the ground Wellingtonians like to call New Zealand cricket’s HQ, Bangladesh made strongly decent fist of batting first, and battling blustery northerly winds to reach 154 for three in 40.2 overs. Another similarly resolute performance tomorrow, and Bangladesh will have, at the least, giving New Zealand plenty of food for thought. ”It was Bangladesh’s day,” seamer Neil Wagner admitted. Indeed had Mahmudullah not departed late on to a poor shot chasing a widish ball, it would have been a fine day for the tourists, considering the perceived relative merits ...

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New Zealand complete 3-0 sweep over Bangladesh


MNA Sports Desk: Today’s 27-run win at Bay Oval enabled New Zealand to complete a second short form 3-0 sweep over Bangladesh. They are still to win an international of any sort in New Zealand since 2001. Don’t expect that to change in the two tests left to wrap up this tour. It is their weakest form of the game, even though they sweep their most recent test, against England in Dhaka three months ago. Once again, in what sounds like a broken record, Bangladesh had openings on a blustery day at the Mount today. But they were tapping at ...

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Colin Munro’s ton leads New Zealand to win second T20


MNA Sports Desk: Buccaneering hitter Colin Munro became just the third New Zealander to hit an international T20 century at Bay Oval in the second match of the series against Bangladesh today. Lefthander Munro joined Brendon McCullum (twice) and Martin Guptill as New Zealanders with a century to their name. He got to his mark off just 52 balls, the equal 12th fastest to his century. Munro struck seven sixes and seven fours in his belligerent innings which propelled New Zealand to 195 for seven, their seventh best T20 total. That was too much for Bangladesh, whose chase got off ...

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Williamson guides Black Caps to win the first T20


MNA Sports Desk: The Black Caps have beaten Bangladesh by six wickets in the first T20 international in Napier. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson top scored with 73 off 55 deliveries, his highest T20i score, as the home team reached the winning target of 142 with two overs to spare. Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bat first at McClean Park posting a score of 141 for 8 before the Black Caps finished on 143 for 4. Mahmadullah top scored for the tourists with 52 off 47 while Lockie Ferguson was the best of the Black Caps bowlers taking ...

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New Zealand complete 3-0 series sweep against Bangladesh


MNA Sports Desk: Captain Kane Williamson and Neil Broom both flirted with centuries as New Zealand cruised to an eight-wicket victory over Bangladesh in their third one-day international to complete a 3-0 series sweep at Saxton Oval in Nelson on Saturday. Williamson (95 not out) combined with Broom in a 179-run partnership that was broken when the recalled Broom was caught for 97, as the hosts cruised to 239 for two in 41.2 overs. The visitors had wasted a century opening stand between Tamim Iqbal (59) and Imrul Kayes (44) to reach a below-par 236 for nine in their 50 ...

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New Zealand win by 67 runs in 2nd ODI


MNA Sports Desk: A century from Neil Broom set New Zealand up for a 67-run victory over Bangladesh to take the second one-day international and the series in Nelson on Thursday. After Broom’s unbeaten 109 was the only significant innings in New Zealand’s 251, Bangladesh suffered a dramatic meltdown when they were cruising towards what should have been a comfortable victory. They reached 104 for one in the 23rd over and were all out for 184 by the 43rd over, losing the last nine wickets for 80 runs. Part-time spinner Kane Williamson engineered the collapse with three for 22. The ...

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New Zealand beats Bangladesh by 77 runs


MNA Sports Desk: Tom Latham and Colin Munro set up New Zealand’s 77 runs win in Christchurch, after their 158-run fifth-wicket stand pulled the hosts out of a difficult position. Latham batted 47.3 overs for 137, beating his previous-best score and his only other century in one-day internationals of 110, while Munro scored 87 from 61 balls to eclipse his best of 85, also against Bangladesh, in 2013. The fifth wicket partnership between the pair of 158 lifted New Zealand to 341-7 after it won the toss, beating by three runs its previous best score against Bangladesh in ODIs and ...

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Kane Williamson succeeding as New Zealand test captain

New Zealand’s leading batsman Kane Williamson has been succeeding as New Zealand’s 29th test cricket captain. Williamson (25 years old) has already captained New Zealand in 34 one-day or Twenty20 internationals and will now succeed Brendon McCullum as captain in all three formats. David White, New Zealand Cricket chief executive, said Willimason has been a leader within the team for a long time and already proved himself to be an extremely capable captain. “He is respected by his peers and the wider cricket community for his professional approach both on and off the field, and has a superb cricket brain”, ...

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