Rains took some sheen off Kane Williamson's record batting display of scoring the fastest ever century in Champions League Twenty20 as New Zealand side Northern Knights beat Cape Cobras of South Africa by 33 runs under Duckworth-Lewis method here today.
Knocked out of the Champions League T20 after losing to Northern Knights in the qualifying round, Mumbai Indians' ace batsman Michael Hussey said some tight bowling by pacers Trent Boult and Tim Southee had led to his team's downfall.
New Zealand`s perseverance with their frontline bowlers paid off eventually as the visitors completed a 53-run victory over the West Indies in the last hour of the third and final Test match at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Monday.
New Zealand were pressing for a series-clinching victory with the West Indies struggling at 72 for three after being set a victory target of 308 when rain brought an early end to play before lunch on the last day of the third and final Test at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Monday.
Thoroughly embarrassed in the ODI series, India would aim for a turnaround in fortunes when they take on a sprightly and confident New Zealand in the opening match of a two-Test series starting here from Thursday.
New Zealand pacer Trent Boult on Tuesday sought to play mind games ahead of the first cricket Test against India, saying the visiting batsmen are too attacking and that sustained pressure can get them to commit errors.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy has lamented the failure of his seamers to exploit favourable bowling conditions against New Zealand in the first and second test matches of their current three match series.
New Zealand snapped a stubborn fifth-wicket on West Indies partnership between Darren Bravo and Narsingh Deonarine just before the tea on Friday as they edged towards wrapping up the first Test in Dunedin.
West Indies were struggling to save the first test against New Zealand after lurching to 37 for one in their second innings, still 359 runs from making the hosts bat again, at tea on the third day in Dunedin on Thursday.
New Zealand captain Ross Taylor has said veteran fast bowler Chris Martin, who has led the Kiwi pace attack for almost a decade, still has an important part to play in their current set up despite a number of young quicks making their mark.
New Zealand pacer Trent Boult was ecstatic at getting the prized wicket of Sachin Tendulkar but rued that they could not rein in the Indian youngsters, who steered the hosts to an assuring score on the opening day of the first Test, on Thursday.