PCB Backs Misbah despite failure in PSL 202023 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Islamabad crashed out without reaching the knockout stages for the 1st time.
Centuries from Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor ensured New Zealand drew the rain-hit second Test against England, sealing a 1-0 series win. Kane Williamson posted his 21st Test century and Ross Taylor his 19th in a record partnership which ensured New Zealand drew the second cricket Test against England. The weather turned sour soon after lunch on the fifth day when New Zealand, having taken advantage of some sloppy fielding, were 241 for two in their second innings, 140 ahead with Taylor on 105 and Williamson on 104. Weather denied England to bat at second innings and the match became draw and, ensure New Zealand’s series win after their innings win after winning the first Test. New Zealand has just lost one Test series in the last three years and are rightly ranked number two in the longest format. But their real test will be in a fortnight's time when they face Australia away.
The New Zealand men's cricket team has been awarded ICC's Spirit of Cricket award for their "sporting conduct" for their sporting conduct in the aftermath of the 2019 World Cup final against England. Kane Williamson's side was tied on scores with England after the regular 50-overs and again after a Super Over tiebreaker but had to concede the title in dramatic circumstances on account of having hit fewer boundaries. After losing to England in a thrilling final, Kane Williamson's team displayed an exceptional level of sportsmanship, humility, and selflessness in defeat. New Zealand neither protested vociferously nor led any appeals in the aftermath and Williamson and his team was universally lauded for their grace and humility. MCC President Kumar Sangakkara said: "The New Zealand team are worthy winners of this award. In the heat of battle, they displayed a level of sportsmanship that was fitting for such a fantastic finale, and indeed tournament.
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