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Ross Taylor hits century for NZ in ODI

Associated Press logo Associated Press 21/02/2017

Ross Taylor has made a record-breaking 102 not out, his 17th century in one-day internationals, as New Zealand scored 4-289 after being sent in to bat by South Africa in Christchurch.

In reaching his century from the last ball of the New Zealand innings, after being dropped on 96 one ball earlier, Taylor surpassed Nathan Astle's record of 16 ODI centuries for New Zealand.

It was Taylor's second century in his last three ODI innings - he made 107 against Australia earlier this month - and carried him past 6000 one-day runs.

Taylor shared 104 for the third wicket with captain Kane Williamson (69) - their 11th century partnership in ODIs - and combined in a record unbroken stand of 123 for the fifth wicket with Jimmy Neesham (71).

On reaching his 33rd ODI half century from 60 balls, Taylor became the fourth New Zealander after Stephen Fleming (8007), Astle (7090) and Brendon McCullum (6083) to reach 6000 one-day international runs.

His partnership with Williamson set the platform for the New Zealand innings after the early losses of Tom Latham (2) and Dean Brownlie (34) left it 2-53.

Recent rain in Christchurch interfered with the preparation of the pitch at Hagley Oval and it was much slower than usual, making shot-making difficult.

Dwaine Pretorious, playing his first tour match after arriving late following the birth of his first child, led the bowling with 2-40 off 10 overs.

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