A late order collapse from New Zealand has helped Australia restrict their rivals Blackcaps for 291 in 45 overs in the rain-affected second match of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at Edgbaston, Birmingham.
New Zealand chose to bat first after winning the toss. The openers Martin Guptill and Luke Ronchi made a solid start adding 40 runs in just 5.4 overs. Josh Hazlewood brought the breakthrough sending back Guptill for 26.
Rain came in Birmingham when New Zealand were 67/1 in 9.3 overs. After almost two hours of interruption, play started at 1:10 pm local time and the play wws reduced to 46 overs per side.
Ronchi went after the bowlers while skipper Kane Williamson was sensible. They added 77 runs. Ronchi brought up his fourth ODI fifty in 33 balls. He was dismissed by John Hastings for 65 runs off 43 deliveries. His innings included 9 fours and 3 sixes.
Williamson put on 99-run stand with Ross Taylor for the third wicket. Taylor scored 46 off 58 balls with 6 sixes.
The Blackcaps captain, who brought up his half-century in 62 balls, was building up his innings close to century. His ninth ODI ton came in 96 balls. He couldn’t make it any bigger but played a wonderful knock of 97-ball 100 hitting 8 fours and 3 sixes.
Australia came back in the game after Williamson’s dismissal. No real contributions were made by the Kiwi allrounders and tail-enders. At one stage they were looking like they would score over 300, but a fabulous performance from Hazlewood changed everything.
New Zealand were bowled out for 291 runs in 45 overs with an over to be bowled. From 254/3, they collapsed to 291/10. Hazlewood took three wickets in four balls in the 45th over as he finished up with career-best figures of six wickets for 52 runs in nine overs. Glenn Maxwell took four catches in the innings.
Rain has interrupted the game again after New Zealand’s innings. Australia will need 235 runs in 33 overs.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com