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Munro’s swashbuckling century helps NZ level T20 series

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Published: 14:15 EDT, 4 November 2017 | Updated: 14:15 EDT, 4 November 2017
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Published: 14:15 EDT, 4 November 2017 | Updated: 14:15 EDT, 4 November 2017

RAJKOT, India (AP) – Colin Munro smashed an unbeaten 54-ball hundred as New Zealand beat India by 40 runs in the second Twenty20 on Saturday and tied the series.

The opening batsman scored 109 not out, including seven fours and seven sixes, as the visitors set an imposing 196-2 after opting to bat.

India could only manage 156-7 in reply, Virat Kohli top-scoring with 65 off 42 balls. Trent Boult took 4-34.

New Zealand's cricketer Colin Munro bats during the second Twenty20 cricket match against India in Rajkot, India, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

New Zealand's cricketer Colin Munro bats during the second Twenty20 cricket match against India in Rajkot, India, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

The third and deciding T20 is on Tuesday at Thiruvananthapuram.

On a very flat pitch, Munro put on 105 runs for the opening wicket with Martin Guptill. They first 50 came off 39 balls and their 100 off 66 balls.

"A few chances went my way. You need luck," Munro said. "I love batting at the top of the order."

Guptill holed to long on off Yuzvendra Chahal. But Munro kept up his assault on the India bowling and reached his half-century off 26 balls.

Munro put on 35 runs with Kane Williamson (12), the only other New Zealand wicket to fall. Munro added 56 runs with Tom Bruce (18 not out) for the third wicket.

The duo put up 50 off only 30 balls. Munro did the bulk of the scoring and brought up his second T20 hundred in style.

India debutant Mohammed Siraj proved expensive with his 1-53. India's tight death bowling didn't allow the Black Caps to cross 200.

In reply, Boult struck two major blows after a floodlight malfunction delayed India for 10 minutes. He bowled Shikhar Dhawan (1), and Rohit Sharma (5) was caught behind.

"It was a contrasting performance from the last game," Williamson said. "We need to play well to beat this Indian side.

"It was a great opening partnership and a fantastic hundred from Colin Munro. Our two spinners are pretty experienced in this format and they bowled well during tough phases of the game."

From 11-2, Shreyas Iyer (23) and Kohli added 54 runs for the third wicket. Iyer was promoted to No. 3 and attacked, but he holed out trying to up the run rate. Munro turned wicket-taker as he accepted a return catch from Iyer.

It became a double blow as Ish Sodhi then bowled Hardik Pandya (1) to reduce India to 67-4.

Kohli scored his 19th T20 half-century off 32 balls. He became the second-highest scorer in T20 cricket behind former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum.

He added 56 runs for the fifth wicket with Mahendra Singh Dhoni (49), but the asking rate kept creeping up and even they couldn't pull off a salvage job.

India fell to its third-biggest loss by runs in T20s.

New Zealand's cricket player Colin Munro bats during the second Twenty20 cricket match against India in Rajkot, India, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)New Zealand's cricket player Colin Munro bats during the second Twenty20 cricket match against India in Rajkot, India, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

New Zealand's cricket player Colin Munro bats during the second Twenty20 cricket match against India in Rajkot, India, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

New Zealand's Colin Munro, back right, and captain Kane Williamson celebrate after winning the second Twenty20 cricket match against India in Rajkot, India, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)New Zealand's Colin Munro, back right, and captain Kane Williamson celebrate after winning the second Twenty20 cricket match against India in Rajkot, India, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

New Zealand's Colin Munro, back right, and captain Kane Williamson celebrate after winning the second Twenty20 cricket match against India in Rajkot, India, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

New Zealand's Trent Boult appeals successfully for the dismissal of India's Rohit Sharma during the second Twenty20 cricket match in Rajkot, India, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)New Zealand's Trent Boult appeals successfully for the dismissal of India's Rohit Sharma during the second Twenty20 cricket match in Rajkot, India, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

New Zealand's Trent Boult appeals successfully for the dismissal of India's Rohit Sharma during the second Twenty20 cricket match in Rajkot, India, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan is bowled out by New Zealand's Trent Boult during the second Twenty20 cricket match in Rajkot, India, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan is bowled out by New Zealand's Trent Boult during the second Twenty20 cricket match in Rajkot, India, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan is bowled out by New Zealand's Trent Boult during the second Twenty20 cricket match in Rajkot, India, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

Indian cricketer Virat Kohli bats during the second Twenty20 cricket match against New Zealand in Rajkot, India, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)Indian cricketer Virat Kohli bats during the second Twenty20 cricket match against New Zealand in Rajkot, India, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

Indian cricketer Virat Kohli bats during the second Twenty20 cricket match against New Zealand in Rajkot, India, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

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Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms

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The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.

The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.

All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.

It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.

British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.

The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.

The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.

It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.

“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.

“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”

The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.

It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.

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Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official

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Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.

The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.

Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.

Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.

“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.

“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.

Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”

However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.

Australia’s tight restrictions

The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.

Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.

A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.

Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.

Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.

Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.

Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.

The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.

While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.

Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.

In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.

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Covid: Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown over single infection

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The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.

Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.

Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.

It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.

The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.

Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown aimed to halt the virus as rapidly as possible, adding: “Doing three days now could avoid doing 30 days in the future.”

“I think everybody in Queensland… knows what we are seeing in the UK and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” she said.

“And we do not want to see that happening here in our great state.”

Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.

Residents will only be allowed to leave home for certain reasons, such as buying essential items and seeking medical care.

For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.

Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.

A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.

Lockdown interrupts ‘near normal’ life in Brisbane

Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane

At 8:00 today I popped to the local supermarket for some bread, milk – and because it’s summer here – a mango. I was pretty much the only customer.

When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.

Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.

While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.

But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.

And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.

And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.

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