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Government expedites imports of staple needs to stabilize prices

first_imgThe government is expediting imports of buffalo meat, garlic and sugar to stabilize prices in preparation for a surge in demand during this year’s Ramadan festivities that will start in late April amid the coronavirus outbreak, officials say.Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto said on Friday the ministry had received a horticulture products import recommendation (RPIH) to import 90,000 tons of garlic, and would issue the import license for garlic in a matter of days.The decision came following a meeting with Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto and other related ministries and agencies in Jakarta. “At the meeting we decided to expedite staple product imports. We will improve interagency coordination [to speed up the process]”, he said.The decision was made in response to rising prices of staple ingredients. According to the Information Center for Strategic Food Prices (PIHPS), the price of garlic currently stands at Rp 46,000 (US$3.61) per kilogram, almost double the usual Rp 25,000 to Rp 30,000 per kg. Meanwhile, the local sugar price stood at Rp 16,000 per kg, above the usual Rp 12,000 to Rp 14,000.Rising garlic prices pushed up the volatile food inflation rate to 6.68 percent in February and the inflation rate to 2.98 percent from 2.68 percent in January, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS).Indonesia produces 85,000 tons of garlic annually, which equates to only 10 percent of domestic demand. As such, the country has long relied on garlic imports from China, the world’s leading garlic producer. Read also: Garlic stock will only suffice until April without Chinese importsLast year, Indonesia imported around 465,000 tons of garlic with an import value of nearly US$530 million, BPS data shows. In 2018, Indonesia imported 582,994 tons of garlic, of which 580,845 tons came from China.Talk in the market suggests the garlic price surge has been caused by diminishing supplies from China due to the coronavirus outbreak and the severe drought that hit Indonesia in 2019. However, the Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) has dismissed these claims, arguing that the cause of the scarcity was slow import realization, which had been a problem before the virus outbreak.Read also: Rising garlic price cannot be blamed on coronavirus: Business watchdogFood Resilience Agency (BKP) head Agung Hendriadi previously said that the government was seeking to import garlic from countries other than China, as the COVID-19 outbreak had pummeled the country’s trade and economic activity.The pneumonia-like illness has infected more than 106,000 people and killed more than 3,600 around the world.Agung warned that Indonesia’s garlic stocks had fallen to 80,000 tons as of Feb. 27. With the country consuming 46,000 tons of garlic per month on average, current stocks will suffice until only April.The 90,000 ton import recommendation for garlic is higher than the previous import permit letters issued by the ministry for 62,000 tons, but still below the 103,000 tons recommended by the Agriculture Ministry.Besides garlic, imports of buffalo meat and sugar are also to be expedited, the State Logistics Agency’s (Bulog) business and industrial development director Bachtiar said.“We are planning to import around 25,000 tons of buffalo meat, which will enter the market in April,” he said.Bachtiar claimed that according to Bulog’s records, 1,000 tons of meat remained in stock, which would be enough to supply the market until the imported meat arrived.Bulog’s also received an import quota of 29,750 tons for raw sugar, as local supplies of white crystallized sugar have begun to dwindle.The severe drought of 2019 caused delays to the sugar cane milling period, which has disrupted market supplies.“We also received an import quota for 29,750 tons of raw sugar, and will announce the tender for sugar import immediately,” Bachtiar said. The sugar will be imported from neighboring countries such as Australia, India and Thailand, he added.In total, the government plans to import more than 400,000 tons of raw sugar to meet local demand, Agus said.Read also: Indonesia may import extra 130,000 tons of sugar from India to meet demandcenter_img The price of sugar in traditional markets had shot up to Rp 15,800 per kg as of Friday according to the PIHPS, exceeding the consumer reference price of Rp 12,500 stipulated under Trade Ministerial Regulation No.7/2020 on reference prices.While the price of sugar continues to rise, the prices of garlic and beef have decreased slightly recently from the high levels seen in February.The price of garlic stood at Rp 45,700 per kg as of Friday after doubling to Rp 50,450 per kg from normal levels in February. The price of beef rose to Rp 117,800 per kg from Rp 118,100 in February, compared with normal levels of below Rp 110,000 per kg. (mpr/eyc)Topics :last_img read more

BI to remain standby buyer for Indonesia’s government bonds in 2021

first_imgThe government has projected the budget deficit to reach Rp 971.2 trillion, or 5.5 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), in 2021 as the government looks to continue its stimulus spending to support economic recovery. The government plans to issue more sovereign debt papers (SBN), global bonds, retail bonds and sharia-compliant bonds to fund the deficit.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Aug. 14 that the government would continue to work with the central bank and allow it to buy government bonds directly at auctions as a standby buyer.Perry assured that the central bank would have the capacity to be the standby buyer next year because it had only bought a total of Rp 42.96 trillion (US$2.91 billion) in government bonds from the market since April.“The figure is only a small fraction of the total amount of government bonds issued to the market,” he said. Bank Indonesia (BI) has expressed its commitment to continue its role as a standby buyer for government bonds until 2021 to help fund the state budget deficit during the pandemic.BI Governor Perry Warjiyo said on Wednesday that the central bank would continue its role as a non-competitive bidder in government bond auctions next year, while assuring that it would have the capacity to do so.“We will only bid when the market is not capable of absorbing [the bonds]. We will have further discussion with the Finance Minister on the market capacity and the government funding strategy,” he said during a livestreamed press briefing. Data from the Finance Ministry’s financing and risk management office show that the government issued a total of Rp 630.5 trillion in government bonds in the first half of this year, or 41.2 percent of the total gross issuance in 2020, Kontan reported.Read also: Government to offer $62.3b in bonds in H2 to finance coronavirus fightPerry also announced that the central bank’s board of governors had decided to maintain its benchmark interest rate — the seven-day reverse repo rate — at 4 percent after lowering it four times this year by a total of 100 basis points (bps).  Lending and deposit facility rates were also kept at 3.25 and 4.75 percent, respectively.“The decision is consistent with maintaining external stability amid low inflation that is expected to persist until the end of the year,” he said, adding that BI expected inflation to fall at around 2 percent this year.BI is also committed to continuing its quantitative easing by providing liquidity for banks by lowering the average primary reserve requirement (GWM), and for the government by being a standby buyer and participating in bond private placement.In a burden-sharing scheme agreement with the government, the central bank has purchased the government bonds through a private offering. The one-off policy that was only agreed for this year was aimed to help finance the widening budget deficit that was caused by the government’s COVID-19 response.“So far, we’ve bought Rp 82.1 trillion worth of government bonds through private placement,” he said.Read also: Bank Indonesia buys $5.6b in govt bonds in burden-sharing schemeMirae Asset Sekuritas economist Anthony Kevin lauded the government’s decision to allow BI continue its role as standby buyer as it could help to improve market confidence in government funding next year.He also said BI’s call to maintain the rate at 4 percent was the “correct call” despite wide-open room for another round of policy rate cuts.“I believe BI should refrain from [lowering rates] to maintain the interest rate differential in order to keep the rupiah on the appreciation path against the US dollar,” he said.He also added that the high trade balance surplus, low inflation and narrowing current account deficit could also help strengthen the rupiah against the greenback to Rp 14,400 per US dollar by the end of the year.The rupiah closed at Rp 14,770 per US dollar on Wednesday, 0.4 percent stronger than the day before. However, it has depreciated more than 1 percent over the past month.Trimegah Sekuritas economist Fakhrul Fulvian said the central bank’s decision to maintain rates would help to appreciate the rupiah since fears over huge monetary expansion could hamper recovery of the currency.Although he agreed that BI would receive a positive response from the market for its plan to continue as a standby buyer, he said it would ultimately depend on the central bank’s exit strategy from the burden to support the government.“It’s very important for BI to communicate to the market on its exit strategy once the economy recovers from the crisis,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal open door for £350k-a-week Mesut Ozil to leave this summer

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal open door for £350k-a-week Mesut Ozil to leave this summer Advertisement Ozil has been at the club since 2013 (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal are yet to put a new contract offer on the table for highest-paid player Mesut Ozil, with his current deal due to expire in 2021.The German playmaker is one of the Gunners’ longest-serving players, having joined in 2013 for a £42.4million fee from Real Madrid.Ozil was handed a lucrative new deal after the departure of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United in 2018, but according to ESPN, Arsenal are unsure if they want to extend his stay in north London.Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveADVERTISEMENTThe 31-year-old was sidelined for long periods under former boss Unai Emery, but has had an upturn in playing time and form under new coach Mikel Arteta.AdvertisementAdvertisementDespite that, the club’s hierarchy are unsure on offering a contract extension, and could cash in this summer, or let him go on a free at the end of next season.Ozil’s salary trumps the rest of the Gunners squad by some way, with star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the second-highest paid player on £200k a week. Ozil could be resigned to losing Ozil (Picture: Getty Images)The midfielder was reportedly one of three Arsenal players to have rejected a 12.5 per cent pay cut to cover the financial burden of the coronavirus pandemic.The rest of the squad agreed to take the hit to their salary for the next 12 months, which would be paid back in full if the Gunners qualify for the Champions League, or partly compensated if they enter the Europa League.However, Ozil is said to want to understand exactly where the money is being spent before he parts way with a percentage of his £350k-a-week wage.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalBoss Mikel Arteta is also facing a fight to hold onto top scorer Aubameyang, with the club reportedly ready to listen to offers for the Gabon international.The 30-year-old, who has scored 17 league goals this season, could be let go for around £30million this summer.MORE: Lee Dixon remembers his training ground punch-up with Dennis Bergkamp before Arsenal played TottenhamMORE: Shaun Wright-Phillips details failed Arsenal move as Chelsea swooped to sign himFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 28 Apr 2020 4:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.4kShares Commentlast_img read more

Extravagant home has sprawling interiors and designer pool

first_imgThe in-ground swimming pool has a designer feelThe home has polished timber floors and high ceilings in the central living area, which includes a rumpus room, formal lounge with fire place and formal dining room. The kitchen has stone benchtops, pendent lighting, a walk-in pantry and stainless steel appliances. Mr Davie said the master suite was bigger than an apartment. It has a dedicated sitting area, walk-in robe and a huge ensuite with dual shower and Villeroy and Boch basins and bathtub. “It’s the biggest ensuite I’ve seen in my life,” Mr Davie said. There is also a separate makeup area with Hollywood style lights. Polished timber floors feature in the downstairs living areaThe young family were initially looking to build but the Rigney St home was too perfect to pass up. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“It was a magnificent house,” Mr Davie said. “It ticked every box except it didn’t have a pool — but it did have space for a pool.“We designed a pretty glamorous pool for ourselves and that really finished off the home — there was nothing else to do.” The home at 8 Rigney St, Underwood is up for auctionMODERN, bright and airy, this two-storey home is new to the market in Underwood. Anthony and Jung Davie bought the property at 8 Rigney St when their daughter Alicia, 4, was just a baby. “It was built with a lot of thought by an owner builder,” Mr Davie said. “The way it was designed and set up certainly appealed to us.” center_img The ensuite can only be described as massiveOutside there is a patio with outdoor kitchen and a balcony off the upstairs living area. “We love to sit on the deck in the afternoon with a glass of wine and watch our daughter in the pool,” Mr Davie said. “The media room is also fantastic. It’s been built as a proper cinema with full sound proofing.” The property has an iPhone-controlled alarm system, water tank, ducted airconditioning and solar power.last_img read more

Bob McCoskrie: Smacking ban does more harm than good

first_imgThe Scotsman 27 February 2016Family First Comment: Family First NZ featured in major daily newspaper in Scotland as they debate smacking bans NEW Zealand introduced a smacking ban in 2007. Then in a 2009 non-binding referendum, 87 per cent voted against the law – a result which the conservative government chose to ignore.Based on our experience, I would encourage Scottish parents to ask this question; is the proposed ban on smacking more about pol­itical ideology than about any real understanding of how a ban will impact families?Let’s be clear. In many cases, parental guidance and correction will be non-physical. Time-out, withdrawal of privileges, a telling-off, grounding. However, sometimes a parent may reasonably decide that a smack is the most effective way to correct or prevent unacceptable behaviour.Anti-smacking policies are problematic because they contradict many adults’ own childhood experiences with discipline and their long-term outcomes. Many of us received a well-warranted smack and didn’t think of it as abuse, just as we didn’t think of a good telling-off as a form of abuse.Sometimes these parenting techniques do become abusive, but that says more about the type of parent than the technique being used. Any parenting technique can be abused.So what has happened in New Zealand? Our analysis has concluded that there is not a single social indicator relating to the wellbeing of children that has shown significant or sustained improvement since the passing of the law – in fact, they’ve got worse.Since the passing of the 2007 law, police statistics show there has been a 136 per cent increase in physical abuse, 43 per cent increase in sexual abuse, and a 45 per cent increase in neglect or ill-treatment of children.But here is my warning to the people of Scotland. There is also evidence that the law is doing more harm than good.The anti-smacking law has targeted law-abiding parents. An independent legal analysis at the end of 2014 of court cases involving prosecutions for smacking found that statements made by politicians that the smacking ban would not criminalise “good parents” for lightly smacking their children are inconsistent with the leg­al effect and application of the law. A survey in 2011 – four years after the law was passed – found that almost a third of parents of younger children say that their children have threatened to report them if they were smacked, and almost one in four parents of younger children say that they have less confidence when dealing with unacceptable behaviour.Two out of three New Zealanders say they would flout the law, and three out of four New Zealanders want the law amended.The problem is that politicians and anti-smacking lobby groups linked good parents who smacked their children with child abusers – a notion roundly rejected by families.Anti-smacking laws assume that previous generations disciplined their children in a manner that was so harmful that they would now be considered criminals. This undermines the confidence of parents in disciplining their children, fails to understand the special relationship and functioning of families, and has communicated to some children that they are now in the “driving seat”.Some lead researchers suggest that, despite the best of intentions, the prohibition of all forms of physical correction may inadvertently undermine appropriate parental discipline, with the result that a small but increasing percentage of boys may grow up with a dangerous combination of disrespect for their mothers and a lack of self-control.The researchers note that critics of anti-smacking laws have been unable to identify alternative methods of discipline that are as effective in reducing child behaviour problems when using the same scientific results used to denounce smacking.Milder disciplinary tactics may be sufficient for easily managed children, but they are inadequate for controlling the behaviour of young oppositional defiant children.Ultimately, as we have observed, the supporters of smacking bans are influenced by political ideology rather than common sense, good science and sound policy-making. «Bob McCoskrie is national director of Family First New Zealand.http://www.scotsman.com/news/bob-mccoskrie-smacking-ban-does-more-harm-than-good-1-4039104Scots parents urged to resist bid to ban smacking childrenThe Scotsman 27 February 2016SCOTTISH parents are being urged to argue against a ban on smacking children by family campaigners in New Zealand where it has been outlawed for the past decade.The Family First organisation has warned that the 2007 ban has not resulted in any improvement in children’s “wellbeing” – and in many cases it has worsened.It is now offering to advise Scottish opponents of such a move here after children’s minister Aileen Campbell recently hinted that ministers are considering a ban.Campbell revealed that New Zealand was among the countries which the Scottish Government is now looking to “learn from” in its approach to tackling physical punishment of children. Ministers in Scotland say they oppose smacking but have no plans to legislate until a full consultation is carried out.But Family First New Zealand, in an article for Scotland on Sunday today, warns that the move may be more about “political ideology” then the impact on families.National director Bob McCoskrie said the group has already been in contact with politicians and family organisations in Scotland to discuss New Zealand’s experience.He warns in today’s article that the New Zealand ban has not been a success.“The problem is that politicians and anti-smacking lobby groups linked good parents who smacked their children with child abusers – a notion roundly rejected by families,” he states.“A law change would also communicate the message that politicians don’t trust Scottish parents to raise their own children responsibly.“Ultimately, as we have observed, the supporters of smacking bans are influenced by political ideology rather than common sense, good science and sound policy-making.“Criminalising good parents who simply want to raise law-abiding and responsible citizens is bad law-making.”Parents in New Zealand now report they increasingly face threats from younger children to report them if they are smacked. About a quarter of parents now say they are less confident in tackling unacceptable behaviour of children.In Scotland, although physical punishment of children is classed as assault, smacking is generally allowed under the defence of “reasonable chastisement”. A growing body of children’s campaign groups and academics want to see this defence removed.Rev David Robertson, moderator of the Free Church of Scotland, said he was opposed to any form of abusive behaviour towards children, but added that an outright ban on smacking was “over the top”.He added: “To criminalise parents who may be good and loving people and are only looking out for their children is just daft and is just another example of the moral thought police approach.“It seems to me that the evidence for a smacking ban is very limited. It’s something you should do rarely, but in some instances you could argue it may be more abusive not to discipline a child.”A Scottish Government spokeswoman said last night: “We do not support the physical punishment of children. In line with our Parenting Strategy we will be developing comprehensive, practical advice on different approaches to support parents in managing their children’s behaviour.”http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/scots-parents-urged-to-resist-bid-to-ban-smacking-children-1-4039173Family campaign group issue advice to parents in ScotlandMummy Pages 27 February 2016Following on from whispered suggestions that ministers in Scotland are currently considering the implementation of a ban on smacking children, a family campaign group from New Zealand, The Family First, have reached out to parents and advised against supporting the potential move.Drawing on their own experience, the campaign group have insisted that the introduction of the law in their own country in 2007 did not herald a change in childrens’ ‘well-being’, but in many cases negatively affected family life.Acknowledging Children’s Minister, Aileen Campbell’s recent hints that Scotland may soon join New Zealand on their stance on the matter, Family First New Zealand warns the public that the move may be less to do with family wellbeing and more to do with a political ideology.Outlining the reasons why parents in Scotland should reject the proposed ban, National director Bob McCoskrie, explained: “A law change would also communicate the message that politicians don’t trust Scottish parents to raise their own children responsibly.”READ MORE: http://www.mummypages.co.uk/family-campaign-group-issue-advice-to-parents-in-scotland‘Smacking ban does more harm than good’The Christian Institute 3 March 2016A ban on smacking ‘does more harm than good’, and Scottish parents should argue strongly against any attempt to change the law, a pro-family campaign group has said.Family First New Zealand has highlighted the dangers of such a legislative change, using evidence from the effects seen there.The group has been contacting politicians and family organisations in Scotland after Children’s Minister Aileen Campbell signalled that ministers are considering a ban.READ MORE: http://www.christian.org.uk/news/smacking-ban-does-more-harm-than-good/Keep up with family issues in NZ. 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Casey’s General Store signs three-year pact to support IMCA Super Nationals, Deery Series

first_imgANKENY, Iowa – Casey’s General Store has signed a new three-year agreement to back both the biggest event in all of dirt track racing and the premier tour for Late Models in the Midwest.The Official Convenience Store of IMCA, Casey’s returns as presenting sponsor for the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals, to be held Sept. 5-10 at Boone Speedway, and as title spon­sor for the redraw at all Deery Brothers Summer Series main events.The new pact runs through the 2018 race season. Based in Ankeny, Iowa, Casey’s now has more than 1,900 stores in 14 states and became an IMCA marketing partner in 2013.Both Casey’s and IMCA will donate $10 to Hope for the Warriors on behalf of each heat winner during the week of Super Nationals, adding to the already $15,000 donated the past three Septem­bers.Super Nationals heat winners receive a hat and $20 gift card.Drivers drawing the pole for each Deery Series main event receive $50 gift cards while those with per­fect attendance for the entire season get $100 gift cards.Decal placement is required and gift cards are redeemable at any Casey’s location.“We are very excited about continuing our relationship with IMCA. We know many of our customers are race fans and we’re proud to be part of the racing community,” said Casey’s Vice President of Marketing Mike Richardson. “Hope for the Warriors remains a very important part of this agreement and we look forward to helping make that donation during Saturday pre-race ceremonies at Super Nationals each of the next three years.”The first Casey’s store opened in Boone 48 years ago. Casey’s continues to maintain a very visi­ble presence in the hometown of Super Nationals with a store that opened along Highway 30, just across the road from the Boone Speedway grounds.In addition to selling grocery items, bakery goods and gasoline, Casey’s has grown to become the fifth largest pizza chain in the United States with stores in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennes­see and Wisconsin.The Casey’s website is www.caseys.com. Information about new promotions is on Facebook.“Our partnership with Casey’s General Store is one that we are extremely proud of, and one of the more high profile programs we can offer our members,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder emphasized. “Their support of Super Nationals has been tremendous, but the recognition they bring to Deery Brothers Summer Series events is equally impressive.”“It is great to get our drivers interacting with each other and enthusiastic IMCA race fans and we’ve had fun showcasing Casey’s famous pizza through that promotion,” he added.last_img read more

Ronaldo unveils ‘new gym concept’

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 I was in best of forms before Tokyo Paralympics was postponed — Powerlifter Ejike Cristiano Ronaldo has unveiled his latest off-field project with health club chain Crunch – and shared a seven-step workout with his social media followers to kickstart the partnership.The Juventus superstar fronts a fitness-based “new gym concept” with the US-based company, and had originally teased the concept on Friday. And with a joint announcement alongside CR7 Crunch Fitness, Ronaldo virtually guided fitness fanatics through seven workouts to help them stay in shape during the coronavirus lockdown.Ronaldo had initially collaborated with Crunch in 2017 to open a new gym in the Cuidad Lineal district of Madrid, and had been in attendance to share the secret behind his ripped physique.The 35-year-old revealed he usually trained “four or five times a week with 200 or 300 sit-ups” and has once again joined forces with Crunch to keep his followers active despite the lack of football.An official website has been created for the partnership, with more details expected to follow after Ronaldo’s first update on Saturday.Ronaldo recently urged people to keep busy by inviting fans to take part in a core strength challenge. The former Manchester United and Real Madrid talisman as part of Nike’s Living Room Initiative, performed a toe touch-style ab exercise and recorded an impressive 142 repetitions in 45 seconds.But his return to the training field has been place on hold for two weeks, with Ronaldo having to spend a fortnight in quarantine before gearing up for the return of Serie A.Ronaldo returned to Italy on Monday, but must isolate and adhere to the Italian authorities’ measures concerning the ongoing pandemic.After the Italian top flight was suspended, Ronaldo temporarily relocated to his home island of Madeira and regularly posted fitness updates on his social media platforms.— Tags: CoronavirusCR7 Crunch FitnessCristiano Ronaldolast_img read more

Pollock happy with marathon showing

first_img On his debut in the competition, he finished in 21st place with a time of two hours nine minutes 51 seconds – just shy of his personal best. “It was a very hard race, but I definitely think there’s a lot more there, running in temperatures of 30 degrees can add a couple of minutes to your time,” said Pollock. Ireland’s Paul Pollock finished the World Championship marathon as the second fastest European. “The plan was to run the first half conservatively, go through in about 66, 67 minutes. “I went through in about 67:45, felt fairly comfortable. I was pouring water over myself all the way, but I coped okay with the conditions. “Myself and my coach thought we could be top 10 coming in, but that was unrealistic looking now at all the Africans up front. “21st and second European, though, I have to be happy with that. It’s a step in the right direction.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News Kuldeep Yadav – India’s chinaman magician creates records in Bay Oval win versus New Zealand

first_imgKuldeep Yadav took 4/39 and 4/45 in the first two ODIs.India on the cusp of winning a series in New Zealand after 10 years.Kuldeep has already taken five four-wicket hauls. highlights New Delhi: Kuldeep Yadav has shown that he is a vital asset to Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team as they build momentum for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. They have already made big strides, registering a bilateral ODI series win in Australia for the first time while in the series against New Zealand, they are on the cusp of a series win for the first time in 10 years. In the first two games, India has put in a clinical performance with both bat and ball. With the bat, Shikhar Dhawan has been the star. Among the bowlers, Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav have been sensational. The efforts of Kuldeep, though, are worth mentioning as his chinaman has flummoxed New Zealand in both Napier and Bay Oval ODIs.After picking up 4/39 in the Napier ODI, Kuldeep ended with figures of 4/45 in 10 overs as India won by 90 runs. After Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Kedar Jadhav and Yuzvendra Chahal chipped in with wickets at vital times, it was the turn of Kuldeep to once again run through the lower-middle order. The left-armer trapped Tom Latham LBW for 28 with a flighted delivery. Henry Nicholls slogged a flighted delivery to be out caught for 34 while Colin de Grandhomme miscued the slog sweep to be caught at deep midwicket for 3 by Ambati Rayudu. Ish Sodhi was bowled round his legs first ball and he narrowly missed the hat-trick. Although he was carted around the park by Doug Bracewell, he still finished with superb bowling figures. Kuldeep’s two consecutive four wicket hauls made him the first spinner to take two consecutive four-wicket hauls in ODIs in New Zealand. This has also taken his tally of four-wicket hauls to five in just 37 ODIs, level with Harbhajan Singh who achieved it in 234 matches. Anil Kumble heads the list with 12 four-wicket hauls from 269 ODIs. Kuldeep is one of the three Indian bowlers to take a hat-trick in ODIs after Chetan Sharma and Kapil Dev, having achieved the feat against Australia in 2017 in Kolkata.The 90-run win was India’s biggest in terms of runs in ODIs in New Zealand, having won by 84 runs in the Hamilton ODI in 2009. A win on Monday at the same venue will give India a series win in New Zealand after 10 years.    For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more