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.
Mitchell Starc ripped through New Zealand’s top order with four wickets to leave the tourists teetering on 109-5 in reply to Australia’s 416 all out in the series-opening day-night Test at the Perth Stadium on Friday. New Zealand lost openers Tom Latham (0) and Jeet Raval (1) in the first 10 balls of the innings before Starc returned for his second spell and dismissed skipper Kane Williamson (34) to end a fighting 76-run stand for the third wicket with Ross Taylor (66 not out). A couple of overs later, Starc removed Henry Nicholls (7) and nightwatchman Neil Wagner (0) off successive deliveries. New Zealand toiled for 10 hours and 146.2 overs in hot conditions over two days to finally dismiss Australia by tea on the second day, with swing bowler Tim Southee (4-93) and Wagner (4-92) the pick of the New Zealand bowlers. In the first session, Labuschagne narrowly missed his third consecutive 150 when he was bowled around his legs by Wagner.
Josh Hazlewood won't bowl again in the second Test against New Zealand after suffering a hamstring strain two balls into his second over and faces a race to play any more Tests this season. Hazlewood was forced off the field on the second day of the Test match with a hamstring strain. The fast bowler pulled up feeling his left hamstring midway through his second over and left the field. "Overnight MRI confirmed a left hamstring strain," a CA spokesman said. "He will not bowl for the remainder of this test, may bat if required. Recovery to be monitored in the coming weeks." For the time being though, both teams have been reduced to 10 players each with New Zealand's Lockie Ferguson was restricted to just 11 overs of bowling on the opening day of his debut Test after picking up a calf injury. Australia, down to three specialist bowlers, even had Matthew Wade bowl two overs of his medium pace.
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