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England sense chance to win, despite hosts’ safe start

AFP, CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand

England’s Mark Wood is bowled by New Zealand‘s Colin de Grandhomme, unseen, on the fourth day of the second Test in Christchurch, New Zealand, yesterday.

Photo: AFP

England yesterday sensed a chance to end their woeful winless run in overseas Tests, even though New Zealand were to start the final day of the second Test with all 10 wickets still intact.

When bad light ended play 24 overs early in Christchurch, New Zealand were 42 without loss, but still 340 runs short of their formidable 382-run target.

Tom Latham was 25 not out and Jeet Raval unbeaten on 17 after surviving a testing 23 overs before play ended more than an hour early.

England wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow said there were enough signs to believe the tourists’ run of 12 away matches without a victory could be about to end, but New Zealand were hopeful of a rare series victory against England if they could at least hang on for a draw after winning the first match in the two-Test series.

“There’s definitely enough in the pitch for us to take the wickets,” Bairstow said. “We’ve beaten the bat consistently. Leachy [spinner Jack Leach] bowled three overs this evening and there were some chances created there.”

England’s new-ball pair James Anderson and Stuart Broad repeatedly pressured Latham and Raval, with one tough chance off Latham dropped by James Vince at third slip.

Bairstow believed that “without a shadow of a doubt” his team were in charge, but with 10 wickets in hand, New Zealand batting coach Craig McMillan was eyeing what would be only the fourth series win over England in 36 series — and the first since 1999.

“It would be huge. We love playing England. Series wins have been few and far between for New Zealand Test sides and in terms of history it will be very special,” McMillan said, praising Latham and Raval for their stubborn start to the innings. “It was really impressive. It was obviously a tough period against two world-class new-ball bowlers. They got examined and tested in different areas, but they did a great job to get through.”

England flourished at the start of the day when they resumed on 202-3, with Joe Root and Dawid Malan moving the score to 262 before Colin de Grandhomme rallied the hosts.

He had Malan caught at midwicket by Henry Nicholls for 53 to start a tumble that saw six wickets fall for 90 runs before England declared.

De Grandhomme produced his second-best Test figures of 4-94 as he followed up with the wickets of Ben Stokes (12), Broad (12) and Wood (9).

PAKISTAN V WEST INDIES

AFP, KARACHI, Pakistan

Pakistan on Sunday thrashed a depleted West Indies side by 143 runs in the first Twenty20 international at the National Stadium in Karachi, the first international match in the city for nine years.

Pakistan, the world’s top-ranked Twenty20 side, equaled their highest total in the format of 203-5 in 20 overs, before bowling the West Indies out for their lowest-ever total — 60 runs — in 13.4 overs.

The West Indies, missing their regular skipper Carlos Brathwaite, and stars such as Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard, could not handle Pakistan’s varied bowling attack.

Only Marlon Samuels (18), Rayad Emrit (11) and Keemo Paul (10) reached double figures.

Pakistan’s margin of victory was the second-biggest in Twenty20s, behind Sri Lanka’s 172-run win over Kenya in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2007.

Previously, the hosts’ biggest victory was a 102-run win against Bangladesh in Karachi in 2008, after scoring 203-5.

Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Nawaz and Shoaib Malik got two wickets each.

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