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LONDON---Centuries by Alastair Cook and Ben S
pelled England to 429-6 for a lead of 295 over New
terday, as the hosts took back control of the fir
heading into the final day.
The hundreds came in vastly different fashion, bu
the time in the match.
Cook, along with Joe Root, who made 84, answ
desperate need by their team for someone to dig
score big, after England started the day at 74-2 an
runs behind. Cook s solution was his 27th hundred
batting through the whole day.
Stokes replaced Root, was unfazed by the second
ball, and remarkably shredded the New Zealand atta
with the second fastest Test century by an Englishman
albeit one born in New Zealand.
His second Test hundred, after scoring 92 in the
first innings, ensured England can dictate the fifth
day. Stokes said they hope to lead by 350-400, then
see how New Zealand respond on a pitch still offerin
seam and turn, but also helping batsmen.
Sunday was a day of disappointment for the Kiw
the Test can still be salvaged with quick wickets
Each day of this 100th Test between them has see
tunes swing, and 300-plus runs. It s far from ove
Cook, 32 overnight, was at his dogged best; no
in his wall, letting the ball come to him, and not w
of loose deliveries.
He and Root came together from the fourth ball
day, as New Zealand pacemen Trent Boult, Tim So
and debutant Matt Henry were finding ominous s
But they endured that, and put England almost 100
by the time their stand of 158 was broken.
Cook, who came into this month not having sco
century in two years, scored his second in two Tests
the one in Barbados. He drove Henry out of mid-off
and ran three singles with Stokes. He swiped the air
his helmet off, and saluted all four sidelines, while re
ovation. England s leading century-maker tied Alan B
Smith on the all-time list. By stumps, he was on 15
than 6 1/2 hours. He was also 41 runs away from b
highest Test run-scorer, eclipsing mentor Graham
Stokes reached his 100 in 86 balls, with three six
15 boundaries. It was tied for the second fastest hun
Botham s famed cracks in the 1981 Ashes. The fast
1902 by Gilber
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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, May 25, 2015
ontinued to celebrate the return of
h a thrilling two-wicket victory over
d Twenty20 yesterday.
e first match by five wickets, clinched
has been the first international cricket
rs due to security concerns.
2 runs off the last over with only two
n hand, No. 10 batsman Bilawal Bhatti
s nerve in front of 27,000 fans to take
an to a winning 176-8 with two balls
babwe had earlier posted yet again a
ore of 175-3 with Sean Williams scoring
8 off 32 balls and Vusi Sibanda con-
n Twenty20 cricket you don t see one-
ded matches and today was no differ-
nt," Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi said.
"I am happy that big crowds came and
both matches went well which must
have sent strong message about Pak-
istan to the cricketing world."
Bhatti brought the fans to their feet
th a six off the first ball of the final
r, two off the third and a boundary off
fourth to finish on 13 not out.
Pakistan opener Mukhtar Ahmed scored
stering 62 off 40 balls before Zimbabwe
ck with a flurry of wickets through
an was cruising at 95-2 at the halfway
run chase before Prosper Utseya, one
es made by Zimbabwe from the first
ut Shoaib Malik off a direct throw.
made it 117-4 in the 14th over when
was dropped twice on 15 and 55, was
ht by Sibanda on the edge of the long-
Ahmed, who made 83 in the first match,
nd a six but his dismissal triggered the
ed for ODIs
Pakistan selectors have recalled all-
aib Malik and fast bowler Mohammad
e three-match one-day international
st Zimbabwe, starting Tuesday.
st played in an ODI in the 2013 Cham-
phy in England while Sami s previous
experience was against Sri Lanka in
alik and Sami featured in Pakistan s 2-
the Twenty20 series against Zimbabwe,
d Sunday and was the first international
akistan in six years due to security con-
ould score only 14 in two T20s but
with his tight offspin bowling by taking
d 2-35 off seven overs. Sami, still the
wler on the domestic circuit at the age
ok four wickets in two matches which
3-36 in the first match.
6-member squad also features ODI
d all-rounder Imad Wasim, who made
20 debut in Pakistan s thrilling two-
ory against Zimbabwe on Sunday.
s no place for offspinner Saeed Ajmal,
led in the series against Bangladesh.
ed last year for an illegal bowling action
C in February after he remodelled his
ll be played at the Gaddafi Stadium in
tain), Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed
aris Sohail, Shoaib Malik, Babar Azam,
fraz Ahmed, Anwar Ali, Hammad
Shah, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Sami,
England vs New Zealand
England 1st Inns: 389
New Zealand 1st Inns: 523
England 2nd Inns (o/n 74-2)
A. Lyth c Southee b Boult ..............12
A. Cook not out ....................................153
G. Ballance b Southee ..........................0
I. Bell c Latham b Southee ............29
J. Root c Boult b Henry ....................84
B. Stokes c Taylor b Craig ............ 101
J. Buttler c Latham b Henry ..........14
M. Ali not out ..........................................19
Extras: (2b, 10lb, 5w) ..........................17
TOTAL: (for 6 wickets) ............429
Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-25, 3-74, 4-
232, 5-364, 6-389
Still to bat: M. Wood, S. Broad, J.
Bowling: T. Boult 28-5-71-1, T.
Southee 29-4-129-2, M. Henry 29-
3-106-2, M. Craig 28-3-96-1, C.
Anderson 3-0-13-0, K.Williamson 1-
Toss: New Zealand
Umpires: Marais Erasmus, South
Africa, and Sundaram Ravi, India.
right, hugs ca
during the fou
their first Tes
against New Z
heat on Kiwis
heat on Kiwis
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