In­dia re­strict NZ to 242/9 after Wil­liamson ton

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IN­DIA’S bowlers re­stricted New Zealand to 242 for nine after Black Caps skip­per Kane Wil­liamson struck a de­light­ful cen­tury in the sec­ond one-day in­ter­na­tional in New Delhi yes­ter­day. Wil­liamson gave New Zealand a solid plat­form to eye a big score with his 118 but In­dian bowlers Amit Mishra and Jasprit Bum­rah claimed three wick­ets each to stem the to­tal.

In­dia’s pace spear­head Umesh Ya­dav struck on the sec­ond de­liv­ery of the in­nings to send New Zealand opener Martin Gup­till trudg­ing back to the pavil­ion for nought.

Gup­till, who is in the mid­dle of a woe­ful run of form, was bowled on a beau­ti­ful de­liv­ery that pitched and swung away from the right-handed bats­man to take the off stump. But Wil­liamson and Latham then ral­lied to put on 120 runs for the sec­ond wicket as the bat­ting duo tack­led the In­dian bowlers with aplomb.

Wil­liamson led from the front with some as­sured stroke-mak­ing dur­ing his 128-ball knock, which was laced with 14 fours and a six. He made the most of a ma­jor let-off when In­dian skip­per and wick­et­keeper Ma­hen­dra Singh Dhoni failed to glove a de­flec­tion off Axar Pa­tel’s bowl­ing. Wil­liamson was on 59.

Latham, who hit 6 fours and a six, played ag­gres­sive cricket to thwart the In­dian spin and pace at­tack dur­ing his run-a-ball 46.

Off-spinner Kedar Jad­hav broke the big stand after be­ing brought into the at­tack in the 21st over as he got the left-handed Latham trapped lbw.

Wil­liamson car­ried on the good work to record his eighth ODI ton as the crowd at Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla stood up to ap­plaud the ef­forts of the op­po­si­tion cap­tain.

Leg-spinner Mishra struck three times at cru­cial junc­tures to check New Zealand’s surge, in­clud­ing the all-im­por­tant wicket of Wil­liamson.

Medium-pacer Bum­rah’s triple strike in the fi­nal five overs of the in­nings also hurt the vis­i­tors’ chances of putting up a chal­leng­ing to­tal, which had looked pos­si­ble dur­ing Wil­liamson’s stay.

The Back Caps, who trail the five-match se­ries 1-0, could only man­age 18 runs in the fi­nal five overs as they lost three wick­ets. – AFP

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Bangladesh’s Me­hedi Hasan poses with the match ball and cap after his five wicket haul after the first day of play in the first Test cricket match against Eng­land yes­ter­day. –

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