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For two sessions on the second day, the West Indies’ bowlers could not get past two batsman who understood the ebb and flow of Test cricket perfectly and set stall at the Sabina Park. Fast bowlers bent their backs, spinners did their bit, but the only thing that hampered KL Rahul was cramps. Rahul may be light on experience, but he is a mature batsman, and in the company of Cheteshwar Pujara, the runs flowed freely.
Rangana Herath and Kusal Mendis have charged up the ICC Test Player Rankings after steering Sri Lanka to a 106-run victory over number-one ranked Australia in the first Test in Pallekele on Saturday. It was only the second Test victory for Sri Lanka over Australia, the previous one being way back in September 1999.
Herath, who took four for 49 and five for 54, has returned to the top 10 in ninth position after rising four places in the bowling chart, while Mendis, who won the player of the match award for his 176 in the second innings, has vaulted 27 places to 21st position in the batting table.
New Zealand wrapped up an innings-and117-run victory over Zimbabwe in the first Test between the two sides in Bulawayo on Sunday (July 31) despite a maiden Test century from Sean Williams finally giving Zimbabwe something to smile about.
India’s ascendancy in the West Indies continued as it took firm control of the proceedings at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, on Saturday (July 30). Its fast bowlers fired on all cylinders, spinners asked plenty of questions and the batsmen bedded down for the long haul.
Afghanistan cruised to a commanding innings and 36 runs victory over the Netherlands in its Intercontinental Cup clash at Sportpark Westvliet in Voorburg, with the bowlers ensuring a two-day finish to the contest on Saturday (July 30).
Centuries from Ross Taylor and BJ Watling, coupled with a three-wicket haul from Trent Boult, moved New Zealand to a strong position against Zimbabwe in the first Test at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Saturday (July 30).
In the end, it was a blend of youth and experience that secured Sri Lanka a remarkable 106-run win against the top-ranked Australia side in the rain-hit first Test in Pallekele on Saturday (July 30). It was only its second Test win against the visiting side.
A strong performance by its bowlers on Day 1 of the ICC Intercontinental Cup match against the Netherlands helped Afghanistan take first day honours.
The Asian side scored 145 for 4 at stumps on Friday (July 29), taking a 28-run first-innings lead after having bowled the home team out for 117 earlier in the day.
Almost 24 years after Rod Latham scored 119 in New Zealand’s first ever Test in Bulawayo, his son Tom emulated the feat, bringing up his own century against Zimbabwe on the second day of the first Test on Friday (July 29).
Tom Latham made 105 at Queens Sports Club as New Zealand moved to 315 for 4, extending its lead over the home side to 151 runs at stumps.
After its emphatic win by an innings and 92 runs in Antigua, it will be a confident Indian side that will travel to Jamaica to take on the West Indies in the second Test of the four-match series starting on Saturday (July 30).