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New Zealand wins toss, bowls vs. Bangladesh in 2nd test
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat against Bangladesh in the second cricket test at Hagley Oval on Friday.
Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal has taken over the captaincy of Bangladesh from Mushfiqur Rahim, who was unable to play because he was concussed by a bouncer in the first test at Wellington.
Bangladesh was forced to make four changes, mostly because of injuries. Tamim's regular opening partner, Imrul Kayes, was out with a leg injury and his place was taken by Soumya Sarkar. Nazmul Hossain will make his test debut, replacing Mominul Haque, and fast bowler Rubel Hossain replaced Subashis Roy.
Nurul Hasan will also make his debut, taking over from Mushfiqur as wicketkeeper.
New Zealand named the same lineup that won the first test at Wellington by seven wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the two-test series.
New Zealand: Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, BJ Watling, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult.
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal (captain), Soumya Sarkar, Nazmul Hossain, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Nurul Hasan, Mehedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Kumrul Islam, Rubel Hossain.
Iraqi refugee pleads guilty to trying to help Islamic State
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Former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski dies at 89
Former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski dies at 89 Yahoo News Photo StaffMay 27, 2017Zbigniew Brzezinski, the hawkish Polish-born Cold War strategist and former top aide to US president Jimmy Carter, has died, his family said. He was 89.“My father passed away peacefully tonight,” MSNBC journalist Mika Brzezinski said on Instagram late on Friday.“He was known to his friends as Zbig, to his grandchildren as Chief and to his wife as the enduring love of her life. I just knew him as… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Czech center-left coalition retains its majority in Senate
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Pentagon says China aircraft intercept violated 2015 agreement
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Vietnam, Russia establish US$500 million investment fund
The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and the Vietnamese State Capital Investment Corporation (SCIC) signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a Russian-Vietnamese investment platform on May 16. Representatives of RDIF and SCIC sign a memorandum of understanding to establish an investment platform under the witness of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev. Under the agreement, RDIF and SCIC will each invest US$250 million in the platform. The… chat_bubble_outline Read More...