New Zealand Current Affairs - 2020
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India has won the test match against New Zealand by 197-runs in their historic 500th cricket Test in Kanpur.
On the fifth and final day of the match at Green Park, India bowled out the visitors for 236 in their second innings. Shortly after Lunch, they set them an improbable target of 434.
Senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had taken 6 wickets in the innings, completed his fifth six-wicket haul in his career. Ravinder Jadeja was declared Man of the Match for his fine all-round performance. He had taken six wickets and scored 92 runs in the match.
This victory was India’s 88th on the home turf. It also gave them a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series. With this, India has now taken their unbeaten tally on home soil to 11 matches. On the other hand New Zealand has remained without a win on the Indian soil since 1998.
- India is the 4th country to play 500 Tests in a format which has 10 participants. Others are England (played 976 test matches), Australia (791) and West Indies (517).
- The first ever Test match was played by India in England on June 25, 1932 under Douglas Jardine. CK Nayudu was the captain of the Indian team.
Tags: Cricket • National • New Zealand • Sports
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has successfully launched a super pressure balloon to conduct near-space scientific investigations.
It was launched from South Island Wanaka Airport, New Zealand in the fifth attempt. Earlier four attempts to get the massive balloon airborne were thwarted by bad weather.
- The balloon is 532,000 cubic metres and aims to remain airborne for more than 100 days.
- It is expected to circumnavigate the globe in the mid-latitudes of southern hemisphere once every one to three weeks, depending on wind speeds in the stratosphere.
- Balloon’s operational float altitude is 33.5 kms and it will be visible from the ground, particularly at sunrise and sunset in the southern hemisphere’s mid-latitudes.
- Its flight operations throughout the mission will be controlled by NASA’s balloon experts at Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility and NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia.
Note: Long-duration balloon flights at constant altitudes play an important role in providing inexpensive access to the near-space environment for science and technology.
Tags: India-New Zealand • NASA • New Zealand • UPSC