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Indonesia still using Zoom despite security flaws

first_imgIndonesia is becoming wary of teleconferencing platforms such as Zoom for their security holes, as such applications have become popular since the government told people to stay home to prevent further COVID-19 spread in the country.Read also: Defense Ministry bans staff from using Zoom over security concernsJournalist Ismi Damayanti, 29, said she was worried when the app on her iPad started up automatically after receiving a notification that said “accessory may not be supported” despite being unplugged from any external devices.”I underestimated the news [about Zoom’s security problems] but after that incident, I never let Zoom be installed [for too long],” said Ismi, adding that she only installed the application for teleconferences and uninstalled it right after.But such concerns have not only haunted individual users. The Defense Ministry, for instance, issued a circular on April 21 forbidding its staff to use Zoom over security concerns, after learning that Zoom had reported traffic duplication to servers in other countries, opening up the possibility for conversations via the platform to be monitored by a third party. “We urge all working unit and sub-unit heads to refrain from using Zoom for teleconferences,” the circular reads. “Defense Ministry employees are required to coordinate with the ministry’s Data and Information Center before conducting a teleconference session.”However, numerous ministries and organizations are still turning to Zoom as the best available option to hold press conferences, as the country has yet to develop its own teleconferencing application.The Supreme Court will also continue to use Zoom for its virtual trials, with spokesperson Abdullah saying that continuing trials was crucial because exceeding the court’s 30-day detainment period would complicate legal processes.”There are no other solutions for now except [Zoom],” he said, adding the court was currently seeking solutions to the security concerns.The court, however, will not use the application to hold closed trials involving children and “decency cases”, nor to authenticate evidence.The Communications and Information Ministry was not available for comment. However, Communications and Information Minister Johnny G. Plate previously said that Zoom was safe for government officials to use, considering that the Cabinet Secretary office controls and manages Zoom meetings for limited Cabinet meetings, as quoted by kompas.com.His ministry is also currently working with cellular operator Telkomsel to review and develop the latter’s cloud-based telecommunications application CloudX as an alternative application for teleconferences. CloudX is currently only available for corporate usage.Read also: Work from home: Security risks lurk in virtual meetingsTelkomsel corporate communications vice president Denny Abidin said last week that the firm would soon issue an official statement about the partnership.Denny has earlier said that Telkomsel was waiting for further coordination with the ministry and planned to open up CloudX to the general public in the near future.Communication and Information System Security Research Center (CISSReC) chairman Pratama Persadha recommends that the government use other safer alternatives for teleconferences, such as Google Meet, Cisco Webex or Microsoft Teams, while it develops its own application.He also lauded the Defense Ministry’s ban for being aware of the potential risks of using the Zoom application.The problem with Zoom, he said, was that it lacked end-to-end encryption to prevent third parties from intercepting conferences. He also saw its chat features as a loophole for hackers to access the user’s username and password, leading to the private data of thousands of users being sold online.Read also: Facebook takes aim at Zoom with video chat upgradeResponding to global concerns over its security, Zoom said it had enhanced its security features in its newest version, which upgrades encryption standards. It has also provided easier access for security controls for the hosts and default password settings for most users, among other features. The move is part of its 90-day plan to bolster privacy and security issues.“I am proud to reach this step in our 90-day plan, but this is just the beginning,” Zoom chief executive and founder Eric Yuan said last Wednesday. “We will earn our customers’ trust and deliver them happiness with our unwavering focus on providing the most secure platform.”Aside from Zoom, WhatsApp has also been under the spotlight as hackers have reportedly hacked WhatsApp accounts. One independent researcher even faced incitement charges after a message calling for nationwide riots on April 30 was broadcast from his WhatsApp account, which he says was hacked.But not everyone is worried about such hackers. Information technology company administrator Boban Mas Iqbal, 25, said he now felt confident using Zoom as the application now obliges virtual meeting participants to be authorized by the host before they can join a meeting.“Actually, hackers are able to enter [virtual meetings] because the individuals are not being careful when they are surfing the internet. Hackers look for loopholes from such carelessness,” Boban said.Topics : Private employee Juliana Ekaputri, 26, said she was surprised after seeing a video last Friday from her colleague showing how videoconferencing application Zoom had caused her colleague’s computer to be hacked.The video reminded her that about a week before, she received a notification saying that someone had tried to log in to her Yahoo account. Upon hearing her coworker’s story, she suspected that it was because she had used Zoom several times to contact her friends during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. She immediately uninstalled the Zoom app on her phone.“It is terrifying because most of my work data is on my phone as well as corporate email and mobile banking,” Juliana said. “I’m scared because it leaves open the possibility of something similar happening with other applications as well.”last_img read more

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Umrah pilgrims return to a Mecca stilled by COVID-19 slump

first_imgMecca slowly stirred from a seven-month hibernation on Sunday as pilgrims trickled in after Saudi Arabian authorities partially lifted a coronavirus ban on performing umrah – a pilgrimage to Islam’s two holiest sites that is undertaken at any time of year.Millions of Muslims from around the world usually descend on Saudi Arabia for the umrah and haj Islamic pilgrimages. The two share common rites, but the haj, held once a year, is the main lengthier ritual that is a once-in-a-lifetime duty for Muslims.audi Arabia, which held a largely symbolic haj earlier this year limited to domestic worshipers, has allowed citizens and residents to start performing umrah as of Sunday at 30 percent capacity, or 6,000 pilgrims a day. It will open for Muslims from abroad starting Nov. 1. Topics : Now many are closed, the windows of some gathering dust.At midnight, tens of registered pilgrims wearing face masks prepared to enter the Grand Mosque in small groups.As they circled the Kaaba, a stone structure that is the most sacred in Islam and the direction which Muslims face to pray, officials made sure they kept a safe distance apart.Worshippers are no longer allowed to touch the Kaaba, which is draped in black cloth adorned with Arabic calligraphy in gold.Pilgrimage is the backbone of a plan to expand tourism under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s drive to diversify the economy of the world’s top oil exporter. It aimed to boost umrah visitors to 15 million by 2020, a plan disrupted by coronavirus, and to 30 million by 2030.Religious pilgrimage generates $12 billion in revenues from worshipers’ lodging, transport, gifts, food and fees, according to official data.Saudi Arabia hosted a drastically reduced haj in late July for the first time in modern history, with a few thousand domestic pilgrims instead of the usual white-clad sea of some 3 million Muslims.Near the Grand Mosque, the hotels at high-rise towers were mostly empty and shopping malls closed hours before the resumption of umrah. Dozens of stores and restaurants were shut.Economists have estimated Mecca’s hotel sector may lose at least 40 percent of pilgrimage-driven income this year.Five hotel workers, who declined to be identified, said they were put on unpaid leave during the lockdown and said hundreds of others in the hospitality sector were laid off.”It is hard to think that this will be the new normal, I pray every day for the corona to end,” Zahrani said.center_img Last year the Gulf state drew 19 million umrah visitors.”All of Mecca is happy today, it’s like the end of a jail term. We have missed the spiritual feeling of pilgrims roaming the city,” said Yasser al-Zahrani, who became a full time Uber driver after losing his construction job during a three-month national lockdown imposed in March.”I pray we never go through the past few months again, it was a nightmare … there was barely any work to cover my bills,” he told Reuters.Before the pandemic, more than 1,300 hotels and hundreds of stores buzzed around the clock to cater to pilgrims visiting the holy cities of Mecca and Medina.last_img read more

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Stellar start to year for Carina real estate market

first_imgA claw foot bath is the standout feature in this bathroom.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:37Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:37 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy moving to a ‘sister suburb’ can save you money00:37 The gardens are low maintenance.The house at 6 Sage St sold in January for $1.2 million.RE/MAX Advantage — Manly agent Todd Gerhardt said about 70 groups inspected the two-level property, and the vendors had received three written offers.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoThe kitchen is classic in design, and has a butler’s pantry.Mr Gerhardt said buyers were recognising value in the suburb.“You only have to go 300m to Camp Hill, and you would have paid $1.35-1.4 million for the same property,” he said. The house at 6 Sage St, Carina, sold for $1.2 million.BUYERS are starting to realise the previously untapped potential of southeast suburb Carina.This year kicked off with a bang for the suburb, with a sale higher than all but two others in Carina last year.center_img There is an open-plan kitchen, living and dining area.“It’s equally as good a location, (Carina) just hasn’t been as developed as Camp Hill has.”However, Mr Gerhardt said it could be expected that prices in Carina would rise over the coming years.“A lot of people are knocking houses and building them to live in, so we haven’t seen the sales as much, but we will see a lot more in the next three to five years as these people move on,” he said.“Carina has been on the rise for a few years now and it is still on the rise.”last_img read more

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Let us go elsewhere

first_img Sharing is caring! Photo credit: thomaspringle.comI want to comment on two features of today’s Gospel. First, in the midst of his work and the great response the work inspired –“The whole town came crowding round the door.” “Everybody is looking for you.” — Jesus takes time to go off by himself and pray.It was his standard practice, as the other Gospels indicate, and from it we can draw some important inferences. It was how he was able to remain connected to his source, to be clear about his priorities, and to act with purpose and freedom.You notice that it is in the midst of busyness that he goes off; he does not allow himself to be overtaken by his work. He does not say: “This is too important for me to go away now. I have to be here.” We say that all the time about a host of less important things.Secondly, he goes off to a place where he won’t be disturbed. “A lonely place”, the text says. Around Nazareth there were wide stretches of desert or barren spaces. For Jesus, quite unlike our surroundings, this was his ordinary environment. We don’t have to go looking for “some deserted place” to recollect ourselves. A bedroom will do. “Long before dawn,” he went off, we are told further. Again, this is not a prescription for getting up at 4 am. It means at a time when he was least likely to be disturbed. It need not be 4 am for us; it could just as readily be 9 am, or if you’re working, 9 pm.The second feature I’d like to comment on comes at the end of the passage. We are told that when he came out of his time of prayer, the disciples say to him: “Everyone’s looking for you.” He doesn’t say in reply: “OK then, send the first one in.” He says: “Let us go elsewhere.” There is obviously great need where he is, but he says “Let us go elsewhere”. That ‘elsewhere’ is somewhere neglected, where work has not been done, or not yet been done. Let us go there.One must imagine what great level of freedom this implies. Freedom and clarity of purpose. He is quite clear what he is about, what he needs to do, and how he ought to apportion his time. It need not have corresponded to what the disciples thought, or what their view of priorities may have been. He decides what he must do.Going against expectations in situations like this or analogous to this takes courage. People say: you’re doing great work here, we admire what you do, we want it to continue, and so on. And sometimes one has to disappoint them and have the courage to do something else.Let me take a very familiar example. Before he became identified with SERVOL, Fr. Gerry Pantin was a teacher in St Mary’s College. I am pretty sure he was a good teacher, and if a poll had been taken as to whether or not he should leave St Mary’s and go up to Laventille to start something, I rather suspect that the majority of those polled would have said: why do you want to do that? We need you here; you’re doing great work here. Everybody wants you to stay. The point is not that great work was not being done at St Mary’s or would not have continued to be done, but that there were other needs in his mind, and he answered: I have to go elsewhere.We are sometimes faced with situations like these, not as life-altering perhaps, but not less significant for all that, when we are asked to show courage and “go elsewhere.” It is in listening to a personal summons grounded in private prayer that we discover what is right for us. It is also there that we get the courage to obey the summons we get.To follow Jesus, I have often said, is not to imitate him literally. This is often impossible. It means incorporating a personal structure in our lives similar to his. This is essentially true, I think. On occasion, however, literalness has its place. Sometimes we must simply do the very thing we see him doing.By: Father Henry Charles PhD Share Share FaithLifestyleLocalNews Let us go elsewhere by: – February 4, 2012center_img Share Tweet 27 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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U-19 World Cup: Cricket fans keep vigil for Australia,Nigeria match

first_imgAny moment from now, the result of today’s match of the ICC Under 19 World Cup 2020  between Australia Under-19 and Nigeria at the Country Club B Field in Kimberley will be known. The Nigerian batting is quite brittle and inexperienced but one man is expected to stand apart from the rest – Elijah Olayeye. In the bowling department, off spinner Sylvester Okpe and seam bowling all-rounder Peete Aho will be the ones to look out for. Both have already featured for the senior Nigerian team. Let’s have a look at the squads of both teams: Australia: Cooper Connolly, Sam Fanning, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Oliver Davies, Mackenzie Harvey, Corey Kelly, Liam Marshall, Lachlan Hearne, Todd Murphy, Patrick Rowe, Tanveer Sangha, Liam Scott, Bradley Simpson, Connor Sully, Matthew Willans. Read Also: Nigeria: Sylvester Okpe (Captain), Rasheed Abolarin, Peter Aho,Mohameed Taiwo, Shehu Audu, Oche Boniface Isaac Danladi, Miracle Akhigbe, Miracle Ikaige, Akhere Isesele, Abdulrahman Jimoh, Samuel Mba, Olayinka Olaleye, Sulaimon Runsewe, Ifeanyichukwu Uboh. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Australia lost their first match of the tournament against West Indies by three wickets. The team were looking good at one point at 67-2 in the 12th over, with Jake Fraser-McGurk batting well. A collapse followed. Apart from a 40 from wicketkeeper Patrick Rowe, there were not enough substantial contributions as the team was bowled out for just 179. In return, Tanveer Sangha picked up four wickets while being miserly to make a match out of it. But the total was far too less for that to happen. Earlier, Australia tied their first warm-up match against Bangladesh while registering a dominating 9-wicket victory against Canada in the next one. Nigeria started off their under 19 World Cup campaign with a 9-wicket loss against Pakistan in their first warm-up match. They suffered another big 8-wicket defeat against South Africa in their next practice game. Promoted ContentThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson8 Fascinating Facts About Coffee7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends In TVThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldWhat Are The Chances Of An Apocalypse Happening This Century?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise Youlast_img read more

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SR 3 lane closures begin next week

first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. –INDOT plans to close single lanes in each direction of State Road 3 at Interstate-74 starting Monday.Crews will pour a new concrete center curb.INDOT also plans to grade slopes and plant grass seed during the week.Officials anticipate operations will begin Monday morning and will continue through Friday afternoon.All on and off ramps at I-74 will remain open.last_img

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Patriots make splashes as free agency begins

first_imgELLSWORTH — NFL free agency began at noon Thursday, and the New England Patriots were quick to make a splash in an effort to begin their defense as Super Bowl champions.The team’s first signing came when it signed a deal with former Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore. Gilmore signed a five-year deal worth $65 million. The team re-signed defensive tackle Alan Branch later in the day. Branch, who has been with the Patriots since 2014, started 15 games this past season.Gilmore will serve as a high-profile replacement for cornerback Logan Ryan, a key member of the team’s Super Bowl XLIX and LI runs. Ryan, who started all three playoff games for the Patriots this season, signed a deal with Tennessee Titans that will be worth $30 million over three years.New England also bolstered its pass rush Friday afternoon when it traded a second-round pick to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for defensive end Kony Ealy. Ealy recorded three sacks for the Panthers in last year’s Super Bowl and will more than make up for the loss of Barkevious Mingo, who signed with the Indianapolis Colts. The Patriots traded a draft pick to the Colts for tight end Dwayne Allen earlier in the day.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFor the moment, at least, the team shows no signs of trading backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Although Garoppolo was rumored to be receiving interest from multiple teams, ESPN’s Adam Schefter said Thursday that the Patriots plan on keeping him.Tight end Martellus Bennett, who had five catches for the Patriots against the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl, signed with the Green Bay Packers on Friday. His deal will be worth $21 million over three years.last_img read more

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Glenn Maxwell re-signs with Lancashire

first_imgLondon: Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has re-signed with Lancashire for the forthcoming season of the T20 Blast. He will play in at least the first eight matches of Lancashire Blast season before returning for national duty with the Australian team.The star all-rounder, who remains one of the best and most destructive T20 players in world cricket, will feature in five Lancashire Lightning home fixtures, starting against Northants Steelbacks on May 29.Also Read: Glenn Maxwell announces engagement with girlfriend Vini RamanAlso Watch: Sangrami Oikya Manch staged 24 hour sit-in demonstration against CAA 2019 in Nagaon’s Kampurlast_img read more

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Other Sports My own sister is blackmailing me and asked for Rs 25 lakh: Dutee Chand

first_imgNew Delhi: From the time India’s fastest woman Dutee Chand opened up about her relationship with same sex-woman, she has faced a tough battle of acceptance in her family. Dutee, who won two silver medals at the 2018 Asian Games, became one of the few athletes in the world to openly admit same-sex relationship.“I am having a relationship with a 19-year-old woman from my village for the past five years. She is studying B.A. 2nd year in a Bhubaneswar college. She is a relative of mine and whenever I come home, I spend time with her. She is a kind of soul-mate for me and I want to settle down with her in future,” Chand, 23, told PTI. While addressing the media on Tuesday, she said that her sister has started to blackmail her and asked for Rs 25 Lakhs.“My own sister is black mailing me, she asked me for Rs 25 lakh. She had once beaten me, I’d reported to the police. Since she was blackmailing me, I was forced to come out about my relationship. My eldest sister feels that my partner is interested in my property. She has told me that she will send me to jail for having this relationship,” she said.Dutee said her partner is free to marry whoever she wants to if she decides to do so in future.“I will continue my athletics career. I am going to take part in the World University Games next month and hope to qualify for the World Championships later this year. My aim to qualify for next year’s Olympics, so I am training hard,” she said.While Dutee refused to name her partner, she said the Supreme Court judgement on the issue gave her the courage to go public.“My partner also agreed that we should make this public and face whatever repercussions it may bring to us. I believe in individual freedom and right to decide how and with whom I will live my life.” She said another reason for coming out in the open was that she did not want something which happened with sprinter Pinki Pramanik, who was accused of rape by her live-in partner.Pinki was a member of the 2006 Asian Games 4x400m relay gold winning team. “We did not want this kind of situation happening in future,” Dutee said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Taylor ton helps Kiwis square Proteas ODI series

first_img(REUTERS) – Trent Boult took the prized wicket of AB de Villiers then bowled Dwaine Pretorius in the penultimate over as New Zealand secured a series-levelling six-run victory in the second one-day international against South Africa yesterday.The visitors had been set 290 to win in Christchurch after Ross Taylor (102 not out) scored his 17th ton to become New Zealand’s most prolific ODI century-maker in leading his side to 289 for four in their 50 overs at Hagley Oval.South Africa, who won the opener of the five-match series in Hamilton on Sunday, appeared set for victory courtesy of a half-century by Quinton de Kock (57) and solid partnerships through the middle order but were unable to finish off the job.“There were quite a few soft dismissals but not enough good partnerships,” de Villiers said. “The ones that did get going, they didn’t extend and it’s crucial to do that if you are going to win games of cricket.”The chase faltered when David Miller’s dismissal for 28 by leg-spinner Ish Sodhi reduced South Africa to 192-5, triggering a lower-order collapse. Boult then had de Villiers caught behind by Tom Latham for 45 before Chris Morris was brilliantly run-out with a backhand flip by Dean Brownlie.Mitchell Santner stepped up to trap Wayne Parnell in front for a duck to leave the visitors stuttering at 214-8 as the hosts closed in on what appeared to be a comfortable victory.Pretorius (50 from 27 balls) and Andile Phehlukwayo (29 not out), who had helped de Villiers through to the four-wicket victory in Hamilton, however, then combined for 61 runs in 7.2 overs to put New Zealand’s nerves on edge.South Africa fought back well to require 20 runs from the final two overs but some excellent death-bowling by Boult (3-63), who ended Pretorius’ resistance, and Tim Southee (1-60) ensured the hosts were able to restrict the visitors to 283-9.“Another tight one; so it was nice to be on the right side of this one,” New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said. “Wins against the best team in the world aren’t going to come easy.“The death-bowling was superb and the boys held their nerve at the end. It’s great to level the series but we need to improve. South Africa learn very quickly.”The third match is in Wellington on Saturday. NEW ZEALAND inningsD. Brownlie lbw b Pretorius 34T. Latham c Phehlukwayo b Parnell 2K. Williamson c Phehlukwayo b Tahir 69R. Taylor not out 102N. Broom c Duminy b Pretorius 2J. Neesham not out 71Extras: (lb-2, w-7) 9Total: (for 4 wickets, 50 overs) 289Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-53, 3-157, 4-166.Bowling: C. Morris 10-0-58-0 (w-2), W. Parnell 8-0-49-1 (w-2), D. Pretorius 10-0-40-2 (w-1), I. Tahir 10-0-61-1 (w-2), A. Phehlukwayo 9-0-62-0, J. Duminy 3-0-17-0.SOUTH AFRICA inningsH. Amla lbw b Southee 10Q. de Kock c Neesham b Boult 57F. du Plessis b de Grandhomme 11J. Duminy stp. Latham b Santner 34A. de Villiers c Latham b Boult 45D. Miller c Latham b Sodhi 28D. Pretorius b Boult 50C. Morris run-out (Brownlie) 7W. Parnell lbw b Santner 0A. Phehlukwayo not out , 29I. Tahir not out , 0Extras: (lb-5, w-7) , 12Total: (for 9 wickets, 50 overs) 283Fall of wickets: 1-22, 2-51, 3-108, 4-124, 5-192, 6-199, 7-214, 8-214, 9-275.Bowling: T. Southee 10-0-60-1 (w-1), T. Boult 10-0-63-3 (w-3), J. Neesham 3-0-20-0 (w-1), C. de Grandhomme 4-1-10-1, K. Williamson 3-0-16-0, I. Sodhi 10-0-63-1 (w-2), M. Santner 10-0-46-2.last_img read more

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