Pakistan v New Zealand third Test Live: Kane Williamson ton moves New Zealand into the lead

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson hit his 19th Test century as he and Henry Nicholls helped the visitors move into a threatening position in the third Test against Pakistan.

A 139-run unbeaten stand between the duo took the Kiwis to 199/4 at tea, a lead of 125.

Earlier, Williamson and Nicholls helped steady New Zealand after they went from their overnight score of 26/2 to 60/4 in the first session, with night watchman William Somerville and then Ross Taylor falling cheaply. Nicholls and Williamson stitched together a 50-run partnership to ensured the Kiwis suffered no further losses before lunch, ending the session on 112/4.

Yasir Shah became the fastest bowler to 200 Test wickets when he pinned Somerville in front of the stumps, reaching the mark in 33 Tests and breaking an 82-year-old record held by Australia leg-spinner Claire Grimmet

On Wednesday, centuries from Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq helped Pakistan edge ahead, where William Somerville kept things in the balance with four wickets to restrict the hosts to just a 74-run lead.

Follow all the action from day four below.

Most popular

Cheteshwar Pujara ton helps India claw back against Australia

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn

Cheteshwar Pujara’s first century in Australia helped India recover on the opening day of the first Test in Adelaide.

On a day where it touched 40 degrees in the middle at the Adelaide Oval, Pujara provided almost half the runs in India’s 250 for nine.

Pujara made 123 from 246 balls before falling to what proved to be the last ball of the day, stranded by a brilliant direct hit from Pat Cummins.

It was a monumental effort from the 30-year-old after India had slumped to 41 for four, with the top-order guilty of some careless batting.

Openers Lokesh Rahul (2) and Murali Vijay (11) fell before India picked up the prize wicket of Virat Kohli.

The India captain had only made three when he chased a full and wide delivery from Cummins and was brillaintly caught by Usman Khawaja in the slip cordon.

Ajinkya Rahane (13) also departed quickly before Pujara rebuilt the innings in tandem with Rohit Sharma (37), Rishabh Pant (25) and Ravichandran Ashwin (25).

But Nathan Lyon’s wily off-spin kept Australia on top and he took the wickets of Sharma and Pant to return figures of two for 83 from 28 overs.

Pacemen Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Cummins also finished the day with two wickets apiece.

Pujara went scoreless for a period of 29 deliveries on 11, but his patience was just what India required as the visitors edged towards respectability.

He was fortunate on 89 when replays suggested he got a nick to wicket-keeper Tim Paine on an attempted cut off Hazlewood, but Australia did not review.

Pujara punished Australia for that error by moving to 99 with successive legside blows off Hazlewood before clipping Starc wide of mid-on to reach three figures.

Cummins’ brilliance finally ended his resistance and gave Australia a definite advantage heading into day two.

Most popular

Darren Bravo returns to West Indies ODI set-up after two years

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
Darren Bravo.

Stylish middle-order batsman Darren Bravo was recalled by the West Indies after more than two years away from ODI cricket.

The Windies announced a 15-man squad for their three-match series against Bangladesh with Bravo in the mix while there were a few notable absentees.

Bravo played the last of his 96 ODIs against Pakistan in October 2016. He played the T20 series in India last month.

Carlos Brathwaite and Roston Chase also returned for the ODI series which starts in Dhaka on Sunday.

Fabian Allen, Chandrapaul Hemraj and Oshane Thomas retained their places after the ODI series against India last month.

With Jason Holder injured, young batsman Rovman Powell has been named interim captain as the Caribbean side aim to avenge the 2-1 home series defeat to Bangladesh in July.

“With two more ODI Series before the 2019 World Cup, the Bangladesh series allows us to narrow our search for our final 15-member World Cup squad,” chairman of selectors Courtney Browne said in a statement.

“Darren’s experience will add value to the batting, which in turn will place selection pressure for spots in the squad.”

Meanwhile, ESPNcricinfo reported that hard-hitting batsman Evin Lewis wasn’t available for selection despite featuring in the T10 League. Lewis had mysteriously pulled out of the India tour citing personal reasons.

Squad: Rovman Powell (c), Marlon Samuels, Devendra Bishoo, Roston Chase, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo, Shai Hope, Carlos Brathwaite, Keemo Paul, Kieran Powell, Fabian Allen, Kemar Roach, Sunil Ambris, Oshane Thomas

Most popular