NZ hold advantage after debutants shine

first_img(REUTERS) – New Zealand debutants Colin de Grandhomme and Jeet Raval helped their side to a strong position at the close of the second day’s play of the first Test against Pakistan at Hagley Oval in Christchurch yesterday.Left-hand opening batsman Raval was on a composed 55, while Henry Nicholls was 29 not out as New Zealand were 104 for three at stumps, 29 runs behind Pakistan’s first-innings 133.Seam-bowling all-rounder de Grandhomme, a surprise selection, dominated the first two sessions as the 30-year-old’s nagging line and length provided him with figures of six for 41, the best for a New Zealander on debut.de Grandhomme became the eighth New Zealander to take a five-wicket haul on debut, doing just enough off the pitch and through the air to create doubt for Pakistan’s batsmen in bowler-friendly conditions.Pakistan’s bowlers were also penetrating, with Mohammad Amir, Sohail Khan and Rahat Ali all taking a wicket in the final session as the hosts slumped to 40 for three when Ross Taylor fell for 11.Amir had earlier trapped Tom Latham in front for one, before Sohail had New Zealand captain Kane Williamson caught at first slip by Sami Aslam for four.Raval, who was on the tour of southern Africa earlier this year but did not play a Test, was composed on debut as he left balls he needed to and put away the rare bad deliveries.The 28-year-old, who also took three catches in the slips, brought up his first Test half-century from 89 balls when he dabbed Rahat behind point for two runs as he and Nicholls settled New Zealand’s innings with an unbeaten 64-run stand.The home side’s bowlers had earlier made the most of Williamson winning the toss, reducing the visitors to 88 for four at lunch with de Grandhomme taking three wickets.They continued to put pressure on Pakistan’s batsmen during the middle session, with de Grandhomme completing his five-wicket haul when he had Sohail caught at short midwicket.The Aucklander then wrapped up the innings when Rahat Ali nicked behind to wicketkeeper BJ Watling for a five-ball duck.Captain Misbah-ul-Haq provided the only real resistance for Pakistan with an obdurate 31 from 108 balls.Thursday’s opening day was washed out.PAKISTAN 1st inningsS. Aslam c Raval b Southee 19Az. Ali b de Grandhomme 15B. Azam c Taylor b de Grandhomme 7Y. Khan c Raval b de Grandhomme 2Misbah-ul-Haq c Williamson b Boult 31A. Shafiq c Raval b de Grandhomme 16S. Ahmed c Astle b Southee 7M. Amir b Boult 3So. Khan c Latham b de Grandhomme 9Y. Shah not out 4R. Ali c Watling b de Grandhomme 0Extras: (b-8, lb-12) 20Total: (all out, 55.5 overs) 133Fall of wickets: 1-31, 2-53, 3-53, 4-56, 5-88, 6-101, 7-114, 8-129, 9-129.Bowling: T. Southee 19-11-20-2, T. Boult 16-5-39-2, C. de Grandhomme 15.5-5-41-6, N. Wagner 5-0-13-0.NEW ZEALAND 1st inningsT. Latham lbw b Amir 1J. Raval not out 55K. Williamson c Aslam b So. Khan 4R. Taylor c S. Ahmed b R. Ali 11H. Nicholls not out 29Extras: (lb-1, nb-3) 4Total: (for 3 wickets, 36 overs) 104Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-15, 3-40.Bowling: M. Amir 11-4-19-1 (nb-3), So. Khan 13-2-36- 1, R. Ali 8-1-32-1, Y. Shah 4-0-16-0.last_img read more

Manny Pacquiao, Adrien Broner make grand arrival in Las Vegas for fight week

first_imgPhilippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Beermen are going to miss Arwind Santos’ Spiderman dunk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LAS VEGAS—Two of boxing biggest stars kicked off fight week in style on Tuesday as eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and four-division world champion Adrien Broner arrived at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Tuesday for this Saturday’s welterweight blockbuster main event.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES The Filipino senator is determined to prove he has some gas left in the tank as he returns to defend the WBA Welterweight World Championship in his first fight on U.S. soil in more than two years in a must-see match up against the controversial Broner.The American boxer, meanwhile, is setting out to earn his first victory since a split decision win in February of 2017 followed by a disappointing unanimous decision loss to Mikey Garcia in July 2017 and a majority draw last April against Jesse Vargas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissWBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao waves to fans at a hotel lobby in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. Pacquaio is scheduled to fight Adrien Broner for Pacquiao’s WBA welterweight title in Las Vegas on Saturday. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP) View commentslast_img read more