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Shakib leads Bangladesh fight back against New Zealand

All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan led Bangladesh's fight back with three wickets to restrict New Zealand to 260/7 in the rain-curtailed second day of the second cricket Test at the Hagley Oval here on Saturday.

Pacer Tim Southee, who took five wickets to help dismiss the visitors in the final five minutes of play for 289 on Friday, was unbeaten on 4 runs, while Henry Nicholls was at the crease on 56 when rain forced the players off the field about 50 minutes before the end of scheduled play.

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Chirag's unbeaten 136 lifts Gujarat to 300-8 in Irani Trophy

Middle-order batsman Chirag Gandhi plundered unbeaten 136 to lift Ranji Trophy champions Gujarat to 300 for eight against Rest of India (RoI) on the opening day of the Irani Trophy at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Friday. The 26-year-old, who scored his maiden century in first-class cricket, forged a 109-run stand with Manprit Juneja (47) to bail the team out of trouble.

Chirag was unbeaten having smacked 18 fours and a six from the 159 deliveries.

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Southee, Boult share 9 wickets as Bangladesh are bowled out for 289

New Zealand's pace duo of Tim Southee (5/94) and Trent Boult (4/87) restricted Bangladesh to 289 in their first innings on the opening day of the second and final cricket Test at Hagley Oval on Friday.

Put in to bat, Bangladesh started the match on a poor note as they lost their first wicket in the fourth over. New Zealand pacer Tim Southee removed opener Tamin Iqbal's (5) with just seven runs on the board. After six overs, new batsman Mohammad Mahmudullah (19) was also sent packing by Trent Boult.

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Watson backs Matt Renshaw to do well in India

Australia's tour to India next month can't be worse than the side's 2013 campaign when he and four other players were suspended for a Test, former all-rounder Shane Watson said on Tuesday.

India dealt a 4-0 whitewash to the Aussies in 2013, a tour remembered for Watson, James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja being handed a one-Test ban for disciplinary breaches.

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O'Keefe: "Smith is generally two steps ahead of the game"

Australia's left arm spinner Steve O' Keefe on Tuesday praised Steven Smith after the skipper was criticised for his tactics, described him as one of the best leaders he has played under.

Smith's predecessor Michael Clarke, along with spin veteran Shane Warne, criticised the skipper for the use of spinner Nathon Lyon during the first Test against South Africa in Perth recently.

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