West Indies vs New Zealand A spineless batting effort sent the West Indies crashing to an innings and 67-run defeat to New Zealand, as the Caribbean side tamely conceded the opening Test inside four days early Monday.Entering the penultimate day at the Basin Reserve brimming with confidence following an encouraging display on Sunday, West Indies’ enterprise deserted them as they collapsed from a promising 214 for two overnight to 319 all out in their second innings.They were 231 for no further loss inside the first half-hour but dramatically lost their last eight wickets for 88 runs, to be bowled out about 50 minutes after lunch.Opener and vice-captain Kraigg Brathwaite, unbeaten overnight on 79, top-scored with 91 while Shai Hope moved from 24 at the start to 37, but none of the Windies batsmen could muster the required commitment to stretch the contest into the fifth day.Matt Henry added another scalp to end with three for 57 but it was his fellow seamers Colin de Grandhomme (2-40), Trent Boult (2-87) and Neil Wagner (2-102) who scythed through the middle and lower order to set up the comprehensive win.The defeat was the seventh in 11 Tests on New Zealand soil for West Indies inside the last 17 years, and their third innings loss in four defeats straight defeats in Wellington, dating back to 1999.For New Zealand, the win gave them a precious 1-0 lead in the two-match series, ensuring they extended their record of not having lost a series to the Windies at home in 22 years
Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan was sent off in Al Ain’s ASF Champions League game on Tuesday night.Gyan reacted angrily to comments from Mihai Pintilii of Romanian before making his exit from the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium despite accepting his two-footed challenge deserved the red card.The reaction also sparked shoving and tussle between both sets of player and some strong exchange of words.Asamoah Gyan explained his reaction after the game saying:“The player has no right to tell me what he did. He said something to me which made me upset. He said an abusive word. I really didn’t like it.”When Gyan was asked if Mihai Pintillii’s comments were racist, he answered: “He knows what he said, you can ask him. He knows what he said.”The Black Stars player also accepted his tackle was harsh but had no intention of going for the player. Gyan continued:“I must confess it was a harsh tackle. But in my mind I did not go for the player, I just went in strong for the ball. I am a professional.“The referee took his decision. It is football so I cannot complain. I lost my head a bit, but life goes on.”Al Ain were eliminated from the semi-final stage of the competition despite winning 2-1 at home with ten men on Tuesday night. The 4-2 aggregate score line qualified Al Hilal to the final.