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Lunch New Zealand 422 for 8 (Nicholls 160*, Wagner 48*, Gabriel 3-93, Joseph 3-109) vs West Indies

Henry Nicholls moved past 150 and found excellent lower-order support from Kyle Jamieson and Neil Wagner as New Zealand pushed towards a formidable first-innings total on a pitch that still has plenty to offer the fast bowlers. With the West Indies fielders continuing to put chances down, New Zealand added 128 runs at 5.12 an over during a punishing first session to go to lunch at 422 for 8.

Sixty-three of those runs came during an unbroken ninth-wicket stand between Nicholls and Wagner, the latter going after the predominantly short-ball tactics of the West Indies fast bowlers and rushing to 48 off 33 balls before the lunch interval interrupted his quest for a maiden Test-match fifty. It would be a most appropriate way for Wagner to celebrate his 50th Test.

New Zealand lost two wickets in the session, both to Alzarri Joseph, who came on immediately after the drinks break and created chances with his angle from wide of the crease. Jamieson nicked him to second slip, and Tim Southee played on – much like BJ Watling on day one – while cramped for room by the angle and extra bounce.

Either side of that, though, it was all New Zealand, with Nicholls adding just 43 to his overnight score but gluing the lower order together and shutting West Indies down entirely from one end. The luck that defined his batting on day one seemed to continue through the start of the day’s play, when he inside-edged Shannon Gabriel past his stumps, but as the morning went on he grew increasingly fluent. He picked up frequent singles and twos to the deep fielders square on both sides of the wicket – the in-out fields Jason Holder set for Nicholls seemed a tad defensive since he wasn’t actively going after the bowling – and unfurling some attractive strokes too, none better than a wristy on-drive off Joseph that bisected mid-on and midwicket.

Through the first hour, Nicholls had the company of Jamieson, whose eye, solid fundamentals, and height frustrated yet another Test attack – he came into this innings with scores of 44, 49 and 51* in his three previous innings at this level – with West Indies searching for the right lengths to bowl to him. He looked strong on the drive and untroubled by the short ball, and it took until the first over after drinks for Joseph to find the right length, straightening a delivery that tested Jamieson’s tendency to drive balls on the up.

Three overs before that, Jason Holder had created another chance by inviting a back-foot punch away from the body, only for John Campbell to put Jamieson down at second slip. It was the first of three dropped catches in the session; Chemar Holder and Roston Chase later put Wagner down in successive overs, both at fine leg, off Gabriel and Joseph respectively, when he was on 20 and 21 respectively.

There was definitely some logic to West Indies’ short-ball plan to Wagner, as evidenced by those miscued hooks, and a missed pull off Joseph that earned him a blow to the back of the helmet. But in between, the runs burst forth from Wagner’s bat, some right off the sweet spot – such as a pulled six off Joseph and a baseball-style swat through midwicket off Jason Holder – and some off the edge, and West Indies lost any semblance of control they might have had earlier in the morning, with the ninth-wicket stand rattling along at 8.21 per over.

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

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Purdue pulls away in second half for 80-72 win over Penn State

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Sasha Stefanovic led a balanced attack with 15 points, Trevion Willilams had a double-double and Purdue held off rusty Penn State 80-72 on Sunday.

It was Purdue’s first home game since Christmas Day and the first game for Penn State since Dec. 30 after four conference games were postponed due to cornavirus concerns across the league.

Eric Hunter Jr. scored 14 points for the Boilermakers (10-5, 5-3 Big Ten Conference), Williams had 13 points and 11 rebounds, Brandon Newman also had 13 points and Mason Gilles added 12.

Myreon Jones scored a career-high 23 points for the Nittany Lions (3-5, 0-4), who have lost four straight while starting a run of four games in seven days. John Harrar added a career-high 14 points with 14 rebounds and Izaiah Brockington scored 12.

Gillis hit a 3-pointer just before halftime to give Purdue a 33-32 lead and opened the second half with another 3 to start a 10-0 run and the cold-shooting Nittany Lions could never quite recover.

Penn State shot 28% (13 of 47) in the second half but more than half (7 of 26) were from 3-point range. It helped that of the Nittany Lions’ 49 rebounds, 23 were on the offensive end for 29 second-chance points.

Purdue, after starting the second half going 10 of 15 to hold a 64-48 lead with 8:43 to play were 2 of 8 the rest of the way. But as Penn State inched closer, finally getting within four on a Jones 3-pointer with 17 seconds to go, Purdue was scoring its last 12 points from the foul line on 16 attempts. Jones had four 3s in the last 2:37.

The Boilermakers play at Ohio State on Tuesday and the Nittany Lions are at Illinois on Tuesday and home against Rutgers on Thursday and Northwestern on Saturday.

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FIFA Club World Cup 2020 – News – Lee: My European experience would be a weapon against Bayern

  • Lee Chungyong one of Ulsan Hyundai’s most experienced players
  • The winger starred in Europe and played at two FIFA World Cups
  • Lee: “We can compete with Bayern”

Few South Koreans have enjoyed as long a stay in Europe as Lee Chungyong. The 32-year-old spent 11 years between Bolton Wanders, Crystal Palace and Bochum before joining Ulsan Hyundai last year.

Lee helped the Tigers win the AFC Champions League in December and consequently book a trip to the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020™, which will begin next month. And he believes his experience on the Old Continent will be an asset if Ulsan can secure a dream match-up against the mighty Bayern Munich.

“My experiences in Europe are perhaps the biggest weapon,” the winger told “They are one of the best clubs in the world. We may not be on the same level as them, but I played in Europe for years and I am pretty sure we can compete against them if we make the best of our strengths.”

Lee has reason to be confident. Upon the resumption of the AFC Champions League in September, Ulsan won seven straight matches to reach the semi-finals. There, they battled from behind to see off Andres Iniesta and Vissel Kobe, before another fightback victory, this time over Persepolis, in the final. The winner came from a penalty earned when Lee’s cross was handled.

“I’m proud of my team for this achievement,” said Lee. “Our journey proved tough and the campaign was hard-fought throughout. But our players maintained a relaxed mindset during the competition, and this was the reason why we enjoyed this campaign and won it.

“Every team participating in the AFC Champions League is of a high standard. But Vissel Kobe and Persepolis proved harder to play against. Against both of them we conceded the first goal and had to fight back.

“But we trusted each other and believed that we could reverse the match, and we made it. The bond between us team-mates is solid.”

Ulsan will travel to Doha under a new coach – none other than Korea Republic legend Hong Myungbo. Lee, having helped his side finish K League runners-up and become Asian champions, wants to continue being an example to his team-mates.

“Perhaps my place in the team is not fixed yet, but I want to share my experience with our youngsters,” he said. “I want to be a role model both on and off the pitch. Maybe this is what the coach is expecting me to be.”

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Lee is no stranger on global scene, having figured prominently for Korea Republic at two FIFA World Cups™: South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014. The Seoul native is now excited to play in his first Club World Cup.

“Of course I’m looking forward to playing in the Club World Cup,” he said. “It’s been quite a while [since my last FIFA tournament]. All the clubs in the competition are world-class and I can’t wait to play against them.”

Lee got his country’s goal in a 4-1 loss to Lionel Messi and Argentina at South Africa 2010, and his second of the tournament against Uruguay in the Round of 16. Is he dreaming about finding the target at Qatar 2020?

“It would be truly wonderful if I can score goals,” he said. “But for me, the team always comes first. I have to do whatever I can to help my team win.”

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Recent Match Report – Australia vs India 4th Test 2020



Updates, analysis and colour from the third day of the fourth Test

Welcome to our live report of the third day of the Australia-India Test from Brisbane. Join us for updates, analysis and colour. You can find our traditional ball-by-ball commentary here

5.34pm: Stumps

David Warner’s counterpunch at the end remining us that Australia have still finished the day with a handy lead and two days to go. But the rain forecast for the last two days is sure to play on their minds as they seek a 2-1 scoreline for the series, the only one that guarantees the Border-Gavaskar Trophy for them. Perhaps only Josh Hazlewood goes back feeling like he had a good day today, another incisive day of Test match bowling for him, finishing with a five-for.

For the second innings in a row, India found resistance from their last recognised batting pair to deny Australia a strong push for a win. On this occasion, it was debutant Washington Sundar and bowler Shardul Thakur batting together for 36 overs, across sessions, and making maiden Test fifties to help India post 336 after they were reduced to 6 for 186 just after lunch.

Full report to follow…



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