Showing posts with label Black Caps. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Black Caps. Show all posts

Thursday, March 31, 2016

ICC #WT20 England v New Zealand - Semi-Final Highlights

ICC #WT20 England v New Zealand - Semi-Final Highlights

Highlights of the first semi-final of #WT20 from Delhi, with England and New Zealand fighting for a place in Sunday's final.

Monday, February 8, 2016

New Zealand Captain Baz - Brendon McCullum's Last ODI innings

New Zealand Captain Baz - Brendon McCullum's Last ODI innings.

Baz scored a quick fire 47 off 27 balls with 3 Sixes and 6 fours in New Zealand's win over Australia.
Today's win gave New Zealand the series win and Chappell - Hadlee Trophy too.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Badly injured McClenaghan to undergo surgery

Mitchell McClenaghan is expected to miss the remainder of the one-day series (ODI) against Pakistan after suffering an eye injury during the Black Caps' win in Wellington.

McClenaghan suffered a hairline fracture just above his left eye from a bouncer that went through the gap in his helmet during the final over of New Zealand's innings.
It rules him out of the second ODI in Napier on Thursday, and the third and final match in Auckland on Sunday, as he is scheduled to undergo minor cosmetic surgery in Auckland on Friday.
McClenaghan was batting on 31 from 17 deliveries when the penultimate ball of the innings - from Anwar Ali - squeezed between the peak of his helmet and its grille to strike him flush on the left eye.
He did not bowl in Pakistan's innings, spending most of it in hospital instead. He received stitches on his left eyebrow, but was well enough to tweet an update on his condition and congratulations to his team mates following their victory. "Thanks for all the concerns. Everything is as good as it can be just a few broken bones. Great win for the boys!"
A Black Caps spokesman confirmed that McClenaghan will undergo minor surgery on his eye socket on Friday.
McClenaghan is the fourth New Zealand player to be unavailable for Thursday's game, with Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum and Tim Southee also out through injury.

Youngster Nicholls inspires Black Caps to Pakistan by 70 runs

A solid 82 by Henry Nicholls followed by a ninth-wicket batting blitz carried New Zealand to a convincing 70-run victory in the opening one-day international against Pakistan in Wellington on Monday.

In reply to New Zealand's 280-8, Pakistan were skittled out for 210 with four overs remaining.
Nicholls apart, New Zealand's recognised run-makers struggled against a fired-up Pakistan attack, with the other six batsmen in the top seven contributing just 47 in total.
The hosts were in a perilous position at 99-6 before Mitchell Santner joined Nicholls in a 79-run stand for the seventh wicket.
Matt Henry and Mitchell McClenaghan then added 73 off 33 balls in a closing onslaught to ensure a target which eventually proved too much for Pakistan.

The tourists were bowled out for 210 after 46 overs as they chased New Zealand's 280 for eight.
Trent Boult took four wickets for 40 runs, including the final scalp of giant pace man Mohammad Irfan, who he bowled for a duck.

All-rounder Grant Elliott chimed in with three for 43 as the hosts got by without McLenaghan.

Mitchell McClenaghan is forced from the field injured during the ODI against Pakistan at the Basin Reserve,

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Mitchell McClenaghan is forced from the field injured during the ODI against Pakistan at the Basin Reserve
Photo: Photosport

The Black Caps made a stunning recovery after losing the toss and being sent in to bat.
They were 99 for six after 22 overs and one ball, before batsman Henry Nicholls made 82 in a crucial 79-run partnership for the seventh wicket with all-rounder Mitchell Santner, who struck 48.

Bowler Matt Henry then chimed in with an unbeaten 48, while Boult hit a four off the only delivery he faced, right at the end of their innings.
Both opening batsmen Martin Guptill and Tom Latham fell inside three deliveries early on for 11.
Then the captain Kane Williamson and all-rounder Grant Elliott were bowled, also within three balls, for 10 and a duck respectively.

Corey Anderson was caught for 10 soon after, followed by wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi for just five to have the hosts 99 for six after 21 overs and one ball.
But Nicholls stuck around with Santner and their fortunes turned. Nicholls was named man of the match afterwards.
Henry Nicholls bats during the 1st ODI cricket match between the New Zealand Black Caps and Pakistan at the Basin Reserve.

Henry Nicholls was named man of the match
It wasn't clear until the toss whether Colin Munro or Latham would come into the top order in place of the injured Ross Taylor for the Black Caps.

Taylor suffered a left-side strain during the Black Caps' T20 win over Pakistan in Wellington on Friday.

In the end, Latham came in to open with Nicholls first drop. There was no room for Munro.
The second of the three one day matches is in Napier on Thursday.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

'Unbeatable at Home - Black Caps' face a tough new challenge

After routing Sri Lanka, the strong New Zealand side will face a fresh challenge when Pakistan go head to head against them at Eden Park, Auckland.

Both New Zealand and Pakistan will enter the series with a chance of becoming the number one ranked T20I side in the world. Whichever team achieves a clean sweep will topple West Indies from the top and gain the number one ranking. Apart from that, this series will be a significant step preparing ahead of the World T20 for both the teams. The upcoming matches will be the only T20Is both teams are scheduled to play. Therefore, neither team will like to miss the opportunity to gain some morale boosting victories.

New Zealand:

After crushing Sri Lanka, the Kiwis will look for similar results against Pakistan too. The departure of Brendon McCullum hasn’t affected the batting unit a lot. In fact, he has left behind his impression on the team which has displayed a whole new form of approach to their games. New Zealand has made only one change in the batting line-up by bringing in Tom Latham in place of Ross Taylor.
Taylor will be rested for the first game but will come back for the remaining two fixtures. However, the batsmen would certainly bear in mind that Pakistan bowling attack is far competitive than the inexperienced Sri Lankan attack they overpowered. New Zealand has also made a couple of changes in the bowling department keeping in mind the World T20 in India.
Todd Astle, the leg-spin bowling all-rounder, comes in place of their regular leg-spinner Ish Sodhi, who had a less impressive outing against Sri Lanka. Left-arm spinning all-rounder Mitchell Santner is the other slow-bowling option in this 13-man squad. Though they have kept the fast bowling core of Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Adam Milne and Mitchell McClenaghan intact. However, Kiwis will most likely go in with three pacers tomorrow.


Skipper Shahid Afridi will be leading the young Pakistan side against the Black Caps who currently look unbeatable at home. The task is tough but they have a side which is probably capable of facing the Kiwi challenge. Batting wise, Pakistan suffered a blow as Umar Akmal will be unavailable for the first T20I after he was slapped with a one-match ban for breaching the PCB’s code of conduct for not adhering to proper clothing guidelines during the Quaid e Azam trophy earlier this week.
However, the batting unit, which includes the likes of Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad and Shahid Afridi in the side, still looks very promising on paper. It will be a new start for Mohammad Amir, who will be making his return to international cricket after being banned in 2010. The 23-year old’s return will surely boost the Pakistan bowling attack which already has the formidable Wahab Riaz in their line-up. All-rounder Sohaib Maqsood and Anwar Ali and Mohammad Rizwan will also have important roles to play as well.


New Zealand:
Kane Williamson (C), Corey Anderson, Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi (wk), Mitchell Santner, Ross Taylor
Shahid Afridi (C), Aamer Yamin, Ahmed Shehzad, Anwar Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan, Saad Nasim, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Shoaib Malik, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz

Pitch and Conditions:

Eden Park, Auckland will play host to the first T20I. A high scoring game can be anticipated as the pitch will most likely be batting friendly. Shorter boundaries will also be an encouraging factor for the batsmen. The cloud cover and humid conditions will assist the bowlers.
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