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Kiwis beat Bangladesh
by 7 wickets in 1st Test
WELLINGTON, New Zea-
land---Kane Williamson made
an unbeaten 104 and Ross
Taylor chipped in with 60
as New Zealand completed
a remarkable seven wicket
win over Bangladesh in the
first cricket Test yesterday
after the tourists suffered
a last day batting collapse
and lost their captain to a
head injury that forced him
to visit a nearby hospital for
precautionary checks on his
After making a daunting first
innings total of 595-8 declared,
Bangladesh lost its grip on the
match when it crumbled to be all
out for 160 in its second innings,
leaving New Zealand 217 to win
from 57 overs.
After making a half century
in the first innings, Williamson
calmly reached his 15th test hun-
dred in 89 balls and shared in a
163-run partnership with Tay-
lor as New Zealand cruised to
its target with 17 overs to spare.
Henry Nicholls finished 4 not
out, blocking at the end to give
Williamson the chance to reach
his century, before the skipper
sealed the win to give his team
an unexpected 1-0 lead in the
It was a particularly bitter
defeat for Bangladesh who, in
its first test match overseas in
2-1/2 years, saw a position of
strength frittered away while
also suffering distressing inju-
ries to captain Mushfiqur and
opening batsman Imrul Kayes.
Mushfiqur was taken to hos-
pital by ambulance Monday af-
ter being struck in the head by a
bouncer from New Zealand fast
bowler Tim Southee.
While there were initial fears
for his safety when he collapsed
near the crease and was treated
for almost 20 minutes by para-
medics and team medical staff
before being transported to hos-
pital for checks, Mushfiqur was
well enough to rejoin his team-
mates later in the day.
Kayes had made the same
short journey by ambulance to
Wellington Hospital, about 100
meters from the Basin Reserve,
when he suffered a leg injury
while batting on Sunday.
His courageous effort to bat
again for Bangladesh on the final
day and Mushfiqur's decision to
bat with a broken finger until he
was struck on the helmet were
admirable but ultimately un-
Kayes was 24 not out when
he retired hurt, taken from the
ground on a stretcher in obvi-
ous pain. He returned when the
eighth wicket fell Monday and,
although barely able to move,
made it to 36 not out when he
ran out of partners.
Mushfiqur had been unable
to keep wicket during the New
Zealand first innings because of
the finger injury suffered as he
made 159 during the tourists'
first turn at bat. Kayes took the
gloves throughout New Zea-
land's first innings of 539, as
Bangladesh grabbed a 56-run
lead, but was then unable to keep
in the second and the gloves
were passed to Sabbir Rahman.
Mushfigur batted down the
order at 8 in the second innings
but was forced to retire hurt
after being hit in the head as
New Zealand turned the match
around on the last day.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand
---Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur
Rahim was alert and feeling fine
after being taken to hospital by
ambulance yesterday after being
struck in the head by a bounc-
er from Tim Southee on the fi-
nal day of the first cricket test
against New Zealand.
He was later reported by team
management to have spoken to
medical staff and had assured
teammates he was feeling well
and asked that his family in
Bangladesh be told not to worry.
They said he was taken to
hospital for X-rays and other
Mushfiqur was already bat-
ting with a broken finger and
was 13 not out when he tried to
duck under a low bouncer and
was struck on the back of the
He began to kneel, then col-
lapsed to the ground and was
immediately attended by med-
ical staff from both teams. Play
was delayed by more than 20
minutes as paramedics attended
Mushfiqur, who lay motionless
on his back near the crease.
Mushfiqur was then taken to
a nearby Wellington Hospital.
He is the second Bangladesh
batsman to be taken to hospital
by ambulance in this innings.
Opening batsman Imrul Kayes
was stretchered from the field
on Thursday after suffering a
Bangladesh was 114-5 in its
second innings, leading New
Zealand by 170 runs, when the
incident occurred. (AP)
Ivory Coast's Serge Aurier, right, is challenged by
Togo's Bebou Ihlas, right, during the African Cup of
Nations Group C soccer match between Ivory Coast
and Togo at the Stade de Oyem in Gabon
yesterday. AP PHOTO
Mushfiqur Rahim was taken to hospital after being struck on the head by a bouncer. PHOTO: COURTESY BBC SPORTS
n Bangladesh 595-8 (Shakib Al Hasan 217, Mushfiqur Rahman
159, Mominul Haque 64, Tamim Iqbal 56, Sabbir Rahman 54 not
out; Neil Wagner 4-151, Trent Boult 2-131, Tim Southee 2-158).
n New Zealand, 1st Innings 539 (Tom Latham 177, Mitchell Sant-
ner 73, Kane Williamson 53, Henry Nicholls 53; Kamrul Islam 3-87,
Mahmudullah 2-15, Shakib Al Hasan 2-78, Subashin Roy 2-89).
n Bangladesh, 2nd Innings 160-9 (Sabbir Rahman 50, Imrul Kayes 36
not out; Trent Boult 3-53, Mitchell Santner 2-36, Neil Wagner 2-37).
n New Zealand, 2nd Innings 217-3 (Kane Williamson 104 not out,
Ross Taylor 60; Mehedi Hasan 2-66).
big team held
OYEM, Gabon ---Ivory Coast's Europe-based
stars stumbled in the heat of northern Gabon
in its African Cup of Nations opener, with
the defending champion held by Togo to 0-0
yesterday in another twist to start the tour-
Ivory Coast created few clear chances, with Wil-
fried Zaha's blocked shot in the second half after
a clever run probably its best. Zaha was substi-
tuted two minutes later and, although Ivory Coast
pressed hard in stages, it never broke open Togo's
well-drilled defense in the first game in Group C
in the northern jungle town of Oyem.
Togo was competitive in the first half and had
two good openings with around 10 minutes to go,
when Kodjo Laba missed with a header from in
front of goal and Mathieu Dossevi's deflected shot
dropped onto the roof of the net.
Four of the first five games at the African Cup
have been draws, with Ivory Coast's fellow title
challenger, Algeria, held to 2-2 by Zimbabwe, a
team that hasn't qualified for the African Cup
in over a decade. Also, host Gabon couldn't beat
outsider and tournament debutant Guinea-Bissau
in the opening game.
"After Algeria-Zimbabwe and Gabon-Guin-
ea-Bissau, we were very careful," Ivory Coast
coach Michel Dussuyer said. "But we still have
two (group) matches so we are still confident."
Togo even started better, and Dossevi was clear
on goal in the 29th minute only for Ivorian goal-
keeper Sylvain Gbohouo to smother the chance.
Zaha was at the heart of Ivory Coast's two best
attacks, first in the first half when he sped down
the right wing and sent across a dangerous low
cross that was scrambled away. Then, in the 68th
minute, he tricked his marker with a clever turn,
cut inside, and hit a low shot that was headed to
goal before two Togo defenders managed to get
in the way.
Although Ivory coast failed its first test at the
tournament, the Stade d'Oyem held up despite
a desperate race to be ready in time, which saw
workers scrambling around the venue finishing
all sorts of jobs on the day of the game. Television
viewers won't have seen the construction debris
that surrounds the outside of the stadium, which
juts out of dense jungle canopy around 15 kilom-
eters outside of Oyem. (AP)
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