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24-2 in reply
to NZ's 268
WELLINGTON, New Zealand---Henry
Nicholls chose an opportune moment to
reach his maiden test century as he led a
concerted New Zealand fightback yesterday
on the first day of the second test against
The left-hander went to the wicket with New
Zealand at 21-3 and guided the hosts to 217-6
before he was out for 118. With his steady con-
tribution, B.J. Watling's 34 and Jeet Raval's 36,
New Zealand reached 268 before being dismissed
in the 79th over.
JP Duminy's career-best 4-47 gave South Af-
rica the upper hand at that point but the first day
had one last twist when South Africa lost both
openers, Stephen Cook (3) and Dean Elgar (9) to
end the day at 24-2. Both batsman were caught
at second slip by James Neesham---Cook from the
bowling of Tim Southee (1-18) and Elgar from
Colin de Grandhomme, who unexpectedly shared
the new ball and returned 1-2 from three overs.
Nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada was 8 not out
at stumps and Hashim Amla on 0.
Nicholls had a near miss three innings ago
when he was out for 98 against Bangladesh but
discarded any residual baggage from that innings
to reach a century from 150 balls.
He first helped Raval steady the innings in a
52-run partnership which lifted New Zealand to
73-3 before Raval was out to the last ball before
lunch. He then combined with Watling in a 116-
run sixth-wicket partnership---a record for New
Zealand against South Africa.
"It was nice after what happened against Bang-
ladesh---getting out in the 90s---to get over that
and contribute to a total," Nicholls said. "They
put us under pressure with the new ball and it
was good through the middle to get a few part-
Part-time spinner Duminy bowled Nicholls
with a delivery which dipped under his bat and
clipped the pad as he pushed forward impulsively.
He then had de Grandhomme (4) caught at first
slip and Watling caught by Quinton de Kock, giv-
ing the wicketkeeper his second catch and third
dismissal. At that stage he had three wickets from
two overs and he returned to end the innings with
the wicket of Neil Wagner (2), trapped lbw.
If New Zealand had any great regret on Thursday
it was that five of their first eight wickets fell to
spinners: almost unheard of on the first day of
a test at the Basin Reserve, where fresh, green
wickets almost always ensure the pre-eminence
of fast bowlers.
"When I got out it was disappointing because I
thought B.J. and I had got through when the ball
was reversing a little," Nicholls said. "To get out
in a pretty soft way was a disappointing and we
probably left a few runs out there but those two
wickets tonight were massive."
The pitch did enough early to reward the quicks
and the equivocal decision of Proteas captain Faf
du Plessis to bowl on winning the toss.
Veteran Morne Morkel bowled a lively first spell,
including the wicket of Tom Latham (8).
Kagiso Rabada's first spell netted the wickets
of New Zealand captain Kane Williamson (2) and
Neil Broom for a duck on test debut.
The 33-year-old Broom waited through 165 first
class matches to play his first test, then lasted
only four balls. (AP)
Smith scores ton as
Aussies post 299-4
RANCHI, India---Steve Smith
scored his 19th hundred as
Australia reached 299-4 at
stumps on day one of the
third Test against India, yes-
At the end of play, Smith was
unbeaten on 117, while Maxwell
was 82 not out. The pair added
159 for the fifth wicket to give
Australia the upper hand.
After tea, there was a change in
approach from Smith and Max-
well as the latter played more
Maxwell gained in confi-
dence as he went past his pre-
vious highest test score of 37
and reached his maiden test
half-century off 95 balls with a
six off Ravindra Jadeja.
He accelerated and scored
freely while Smith was more
watchful. The Australian captain
ultimately got to the milestone
off 227 balls.
In doing so, he brought up the
150-mark of his partnership with
Maxwell off 266 balls.
India took the second new
ball in the 86th over, but failed
to break the partnership.
In all, Smith faced 244 balls,
and hit 13 fours. Meanwhile,
Maxwell faced 147 deliveries, the
most he has faced in an innings
in his short test career thus far.
He hit five fours and two sixes.
Earlier, Smith became the
hind Don Bradman and Matt
Hayden---to reach 5,000 runs
in test cricket.
The Australian innings re-
volved around him as he shared
partnerships of 30 with Renshaw
(44), 51 with Peter Handscomb
(19) and later the mammoth
stand with Maxwell.
He rescued Australia from a
precarious position of 89-3 in
the morning session after the
visitors had won the toss and
opted to bat.
India skipper Virat Kohli spent
most of the middle session, and
the entire final session, off the
field after injuring his right
shoulder as he attempted to save
The wicket played true for
most of the morning, with spo-
radic hints of low bounce. Spin
was introduced in the seventh
over as Ravichandran Ashwin
(1-78) came on to bowl.
Warner was first to go, caught
and bowled by Jadeja off a full
toss in the 10th over.
Umesh Yadav (2-63) lured
Renshaw into reaching for a
wider ball and edged to Kohli at
It became a quick double blow
for Australia, as Cheteshwar Pu-
jara caught Shaun Marsh (2) off
Ashwin at short leg in the 26th
over in a decision that was re-
ferred to the TV officials. Um-
pire Ian Gould didn't detect the
edge at first, and was forced to
overturn his initial not out de-
cision after India's successful
The DRS has been the source
of a week of rancorous debate
since the last day of the second
test, when Smith looked to the
dressing room hoping for help
in deciding whether or not to
refer a decision and Kohli later
claimed that the Australians had
abused the system throughout
Smith admitted to a "brain
fade" immediately after he was
dismissed at Bangalore and apol-
ogized, avoiding any sanction.
But he said Kolhi's accusations
that Australian team had repeat-
edly bent the DRS guidelines
were "completely wrong." The
India captain has not backed
away from the comments.
Australia won the se-
ries-opener at Pune by 333 runs,
and India leveled with a 75-run
win in Bangalore. In both match-
es, the pitch has played a signif-
icant role in the outcome. (AP)
Bangladesh reaches 214-5
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka---Bangladesh
stuttered and lost three wickets
close to stumps yesterday after
Saumya Sarkar's fluent half-cen-
tury gave them a dominant start to
their first innings on the second day
of the second cricket Test.
Sarkar made 61 and shared a 95-run
opening stand for the first wicket in
reply to Sri Lanka's first innings score
of 338 all out.
Bangladesh reached 192 losing just
two wickets before Sandakan (3-65)
took two wickets in successive balls and
seamer Suranga Lakmal took a wicket
in the next over to leave Bangladesh
198 for five.
"I can teach skill, but when you are
batting in test cricket, what the oppo-
sition is doing, you have to have that
awareness," Bangladesh batting coach
Thilan Samaraweera said. "I think you
have to be intelligent in the middle
and we are lucky we finished with five
(down), I thought (we will) finish with
Bangladesh would have been six down
had Upul Tharanga held on to a sharp
catch in the deep off Shakib.
"Tomorrow is a new day. The first half
an hour is crucial. We have to start well
again and we need one good partner-
ship," said Samaraweera.
Tamim Iqbal was one run short of a
half-century when he fell lbw to left-
arm spinner Rangana Herath at the
stroke of tea. He was twice lucky in his
innings after Sri Lanka captain Herath
failed to review two lbw appeals which
the umpires had turned down. Herath
however successfully reviewed a third
not out decision.
Sarkar made 61 off 121 balls hitting six
boundaries. He was beaten and bowled
by a googly from left-arm wrist spinner
Imrul Kayes made 34 before being
trapped lbw by Sandakan. Night watch-
man Taijul Islam departed in the next
ball after Herath used another review
successfully to obtain a lbw decision in
his favor. Sabir Rahman (42) gloved a
rising ball from Lakmal to Dhananjaya
de Silva at leg slip.
Shakib Al Hasan (18 not out) was bat-
ting with Mushfiqur Rahim on 2.
Earlier Dinesh Chandimal posted his
eighth test century to lift Sri Lanka to
338 all out in its first innings.
Sri Lanka resumed day two on 238 for
seven with Chandimal and Herath at the
crease and was bowled out by lunch,
adding 100 in the session.
Chandimal faced 300 deliveries and
hit 10 boundaries and a six for his 138
runs, and received valuable support
from the tailenders as the last three Sri
Lankan wickets added 143 runs. (AP)
Sri Lankan bowler Lakshan Sandakan celebrates the
wicket of Bangladesh batsman Soumya Sarkar on
day two of their second test cricket match in
Colombo, Sri Lanka, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Australia's captain Steven Smith raises his bat and helmet to
celebrate scoring a century during the first day of their third test
cricket match against India in Ranchi, India, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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