Neil Wagner's five-for seals innings win for New Zealand in second Test against Bangladesh

Waseem Ahmed 12/03/2019
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Wagner rattled Bangladesh with his bouncers.

A five-wicker burst from Neil Wagner helped New Zealand thrash Bangladesh by an innings and 12 runs in the second Test between the two sides at Wellington.

Seven Bangladesh wickets stood between a Kiwi victory ahead of the final day at Wellington but it took the hosts just the one extended session to wrap up a crushing win.

Wagner picked up five wickets in a terrific 10-over spell on day five to bundle out Bangladesh for 209 in their second innings.

Resuming the day at 80-3 and still trailing by 141 runs in the second innings, Bangladesh lost Saumya Sarkar early to Trent Boult on day five.

Mohammad Mithun was looking determined at the other end and was starting to form a promising stand with Mahmudullah before Wagner produced an inspired spell of hostile short-pitched bowling.

The left-arm pacer had Mithun (47) caught at backward square leg before sending back Liton Das and Taijul Islam in quick succession to reduce the visitors to 170-7.

Mitun's resistance was ended on 47.

Mitun’s resistance was ended on 47.

Mustafizur Rahman offered some resistance with the bat before it was finally broken by a returning Boult. That prompted the umpires to extend the morning session at Wellington and it was just the invitation Wagner needed to clean up the Bangladesh tail.

Skipper Mahmudullah (67) was the sole Bangladesh batsman to register a half-century with the right-hander being the penultimate wicket to fall on the final day.

It was a fine display by Kane Williamson’s men who secured victory despite the first two days of the Test being lost to rain. The innings win means the Kiwis have clinched the three-match series against Bangladesh with an unassailable 2-0 lead.

The third and final Test between the two sides will get under way at Christchurch on March 16.

BRIEF SCORES

Bangladesh: 211 and 209

Mahmudullah: 67 (69)

Neil Wagner: 5-45

Trent Boult: 4-52

New Zealand: 432-6 declared

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Sri Lanka batting star Kusal Perera out due to hamstring injury

Sudhir Gupta 11/03/2019
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Sri Lanka's Kusal Perera.

Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Perera was ruled out of the rest of the five-match ODI series against South Africa due to a hamstring injury.

The left-handed batsman picked up the injury in the third ODI in Durban on Sunday. Perera, who starred in a stunning run chase in the first Test against the Proteas with a match-winning fourth innings 153 not out, left the field in the seventh over of the ODI after hurting his left leg.

Sri Lanka Cricket said it won’t be sending any replacement.

Perera had great run in the Test series against the Proteas, scoring 353 runs in five innings including a fifty and a ton. The Sri Lankans have lost all three ODIs so far with the fourth match in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.

It has been a horrible few months as far as fitness is concerned for Sri Lanka. Left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya was ruled out of the second Test in Port Elizabeth after dislocating his left thumb while fielding.

Before that, Sri Lanka fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera picked up an ankle injury during the first Test against Australia at the Gabba in January.

Fast bowler Lahiru Kumara had earlier been ruled out of the South Africa tour due to a hamstring injury. Right arm quick Nuwan Pradeep also picked up a hamstring injury in Australia.

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Turner plays a blinder as Australia make mockery of 359-run target to beat India in fourth ODI

Sudhir Gupta 10/03/2019
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A sensational knock from Ashton Turner at Mohali.

A sensational cameo from Ashton Turner helped Australia storm back in the five-match series against India with the visitors securing a four-wicket win in the fourth ODI at Mohali.

Turner smashed an unbeaten 84 from just 43 deliveries with the help of five boundaries and six sixes as India’s total of 358-9 was made to look ordinary in the end at Mohali.

Chasing a daunting 359 to keep the series alive, Australia were rocked early by India’s pacers with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah removing Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh respectively.

However, the visitors fought back hard through a 192-run stand for the third wicket between Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb. The pair were threatening to take the game away from India before Bumrah returned to send back Khawaja who missed out on second consecutive ton by nine runs.

Handscomb, though, would not be denied his maiden ODI ton with the right-hander bringing up his century off 92 deliveries. Once Kuldeep Yadav removed Glenn Maxwell for 23 a few overs later, India were back in the driving seat at Mohali.

Handscomb’s excellent innings was ultimately ended by Yuzvendra Chahal in the 42nd over with the wrist-spinner making amends for an otherwise expensive outing. Just when India thought they had their noses in front, Ashton Turner came out all guns blazing with a half-century off just 33 balls.

The right-hander showed no mercy to the likes of Kuldeep, Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar with his exquisite helping Australia pull off their highest successful chase in ODIs.

A maiden ODI century for Peter Handscomb.

A maiden ODI century for Peter Handscomb.

India had chosen to bat first after Virat Kohli won the toss at Mohali and the two openers vindicated the skipper’s decision with a mammoth 193-run stand. Both Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, especially the former, had struggled with the bat in the series but they answered their critics in style with an excellent stand that deflated the Aussie bowlers.

The 193-run stand between the two openers was the 15th instance of them putting on a century partnership in ODI cricket.

Rohit was looking good for a 23rd ODI ton but the right-hander was unfortunate to miss out by five runs after he holed out to deep mid-wicket in an attempt to take on Jhye Richardson.

Dhawan, though, had no problem in bringing up his 16th century in the format in effortless fashion with the left-hander stepping up a gear after breaching three figures at Mohali. Going on the attack, Dhawan collected 39 runs from the last 15 balls he faced before he departed for a personal best of 143.

Australia’s bowlers fought back hard in the death overs with a flurry of wickets but entertaining cameos from Rishabh Pant (36) and Vijay Shankar (26) along with a last-ball six by Jasprit Bumrah helped India post a commanding total of 358-9.

The five-match series is now level at 2-2 with the fifth and deciding ODI set to take place at New Delhi on March 13.

BRIEF SCORES

India: 358-9

Shikhar Dhawan: 143 (115)

Rohit Sharma: 95 (92)

Australia: 359-6

Peter Handscomb: 117 (105)

Usman Khawaja: 91 (99)

Ashton Turner: 84 not out (43)

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