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Cricket News 2nd T20I: New Zealand Catch England Out with Colin de Grandhomme’s Safe Hands


first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Wellington: The safe hands of Colin de Grandhomme proved crucial as New Zealand drew level with England 1-1 in their Twenty20 international series in Wellington on Sunday. While de Grandhomme was pouching all four skied balls that went his way, England were left to rue an uncomfortable day in the field with six spilled chances including three by James Vince.New Zealand, who suffered a seven-wicket loss in the first match on Friday, were sent in to bat first and made their most of the errant fielding to post 176 for eight. Martin Guptill at the top of the innings clouted 41 off 28 deliveries, while Jimmy Neesham belted 42 off 22, including four sixes, before he was removed on the final ball of the innings.De Grandhomme also pushed the pace, facing only 12 balls for a whirlwind 28.England in reply looked comfortable at 91 for four in the 11th over before New Zealand removed the remaining six wickets to end the innings with a ball to spare.Mitchell Santner claimed three for 25 while Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson and Ish Sodhi took two wickets apiece.England captain Eoin Morgan said it was easy to analyse the reasons for the loss, and the issues were repairable.”We dropped catches and we continued to lose wickets,” he said.”We need to keep the attacking positive mindset. I think it’s important to make mistakes, but I think the most important part is to learn from them.”After England lost Johnny Bairstow first ball, and Vince in the second over, Morgan (32) and Dawid Malan (39) set about rebuilding the innings. But when Morgan gave de Grandhomme his first catch, the wickets fell regularly with only Chris Jordan (36 off 19) providing any solid resistance at the lower part of the batting order.Malan fell to an exceptional diving catch by Guptill who also accounted for the wicket of Jordan in a polished New Zealand fielding performance. Game three in the series is in Nelson on Tuesday.  last_img read more


Quaresma brace leads Porto shock 3-1 win over Bayern Munich


first_imgPorto capitalised on a string of defensive mistakes to beat Bayern Munich 3-1 in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal.Ricardo Quaresma scored twice in the opening 10 minutes — the first a penalty — thanks to gifts from Bayern, and although the Germans got a goal back through Thiago Alcantara in the 27th minute, Jackson Martinez capped a fine night for Porto in the 65th.The result sees Porto extend their unbeaten record throughout this season’s Champions League, and Bayern must find a way to end it in Germany if they are to reach the semifinals for a fourth consecutive season.The match exploded into life when Porto were awarded a penalty with barely a minute gone.Xabi Alonso was caught napping on the edge of the area and Martinez nicked the ball off him before being brought down by Manuel Neuer, who could be grateful for a covering defender as he was only booked.Even so, Quaresma sent the Bayern goalkeeper the wrong way from the penalty spot and the hosts led. Bayern were slow to get going but had a chance from an eighth-minute free kick as the ball bounced up for Robert Lewandowski, but his header went over as he struggled to deal with the bounce.Seconds later, Porto doubled their lead thanks to another defensive mistake, with Dante this time at fault as Quaresma stole the ball away and poked it past Neuer.Bayern looked stunned but stayed calm and sought to play their way back into the match, quickly establishing control of possession.They got their reward in the 27th minute when Jerome Boateng sent in a low cross which somehow got through a crowd of players before Thiago, with the ball behind him at the far post, hung out a leg and hooked it in.Porto had a response, and Alex Sandro almost got lucky when Neuer had to push his floating ball onto the crossbar before Casemiro headed over when Neuer failed to deal with a free-kick. Porto looked strong as the second half started and continued to threaten.Casemiro tried to catch Neuer off his line with a long-range effort before the Bayern goalkeeper made a brilliant save to keep out Hector Herrera’s close-range effort.But the third goal came in the 65th minute thanks to yet another defensive howler as Boateng misjudged a deep ball, allowing it to bounce and Martinez swept it up before rounding Neuer and finishing from a tight angle.Bayern had no answer with Porto oozing confidence, and Pep Guardiola’s side head home with it all to do.–last_img read more