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Black Caps cruise past Pakistan in first T20

first_imgPAKISTAN’S dismal tour of New Zealand continued with a comprehensive loss to the Black Caps in their first Twenty20 international yesterday.Crushed 5-0 in the one-day international series, Pakistan’s woes continued at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.The tourists avoided complete embarrassment after being bowled out for 105, but New Zealand closed out a seven-wicket win to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.Only Babar Azam (41) and Hasan Ali (23) managed to reach double-figures for Pakistan, who were in huge trouble at 38-6.While Rumman Raees (2-24) struck twice, Colin Munro’s unbeaten 43-ball 49 saw New Zealand to victory with 25 balls to spare.The Black Caps’ win was set up by their bowlers after they put Pakistan in to bat.Pakistan made numerous poor starts in the ODI series and that continued into the T20s.After Tim Southee (3-13) and Seth Rance (3-26) did the early damage, Mitchell Santner (2-15) got in on the act as well.A 15-run partnership between Babar and Faheem Ashraf (7) at least slowed New Zealand, but Pakistan were all out after 19.4 overs.Martin Guptill (2) and Glenn Phillips (3) fell early in the Black Caps’ chase, but Munro was comfortable before being joined by Tom Bruce (26) and Ross Taylor (22 not out.last_img read more

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Tahir a threat in Indian conditions: Ganguly

first_imgKolkata, Sep 18 (PTI) Former India captain Sourav Ganguly sees South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir as a threat in Indian conditions and has warned the hosts against preparing square turners for the four-Test series beginning in Mohali on November 5. “Tahir is a quality spinner and hell be a threat in Indian conditions. I want India to make sporting wickets and not square turners. If they make a square turner then Tahir will be a matchwinner,” Ganguly told a TV channel here today. The Proteas have picked three specialist spinners for their Test series in India, recalling Tahir and off-spinner Dane Piedt to join Simon Harmer, another off break bowler in the Test squad led by Hashim Amla. The top ranked team has lost just two Test series in the last nine years, both at home to Australia and the last time South Africa lost away was in Sri Lanka in 2006. But Ganguly still believes that it would be tough for the Amla-side to beat India. “Its a long series and I dont think India can play badly in all the four Tests. South Africa will really have to do well to beat India,” Ganguly said. “I want a hard wicket which will have bounce and start turning from fourth day. In Indian conditions, a match usually takes shape fourth day onwards when wickets fall in a heap.” “The key to success for India is to bat well and put 500-plus run on board up front.” Ganguly further heaped praise on Virat Kohli, who led India to a series win in Sri Lanka recently. “Hes one captain who always looks win, winning is everything for him… At times, his body language may be over aggressive and he may cross the line but I like his mindset. It was an exceptional achievement to win in Sri Lanka.” “Hes an outstanding batsman, hes a much needed personality to take Indian cricket forward.” On Amlas captaincy, Ganguly said: “I have not seen his captaincy… Hes cool and composed, his batting will be key in these conditions.” PTI TAP FK FKadvertisementlast_img read more

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