Rain harms Aus-NZ excitement

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Rain harms Aus-NZ excitement

The Trans-Tasman rivalry match between Australia and New Zealand has failed to show a result in the second match of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 due to severe rain interruptions at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

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New Zealand chose to bat first. 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 in the 77-run partnership. Ronchi brought up his fourth ODI fifty in 33 balls. He played a quickfire knock of 65 runs off 43 deliveries which 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. A fabulous performance from Hazlewood changed New Zealand’s fortunes.

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 came again after New Zealand’s innings. Australia were set a target of 235 runs in 33 overs. The Blackcaps bowlers were in the game right from the start. Trent Boult sent back dangerous David Warner for 18.

Adam Milne struck twice to keep Australia 53/3 in nine overs. The rain came down again. No play was possible after that. The match was called off as both teams shared one point each. In 2013 Champions Trophy, when these two sides faced each other at this very ground, rain forced the game to call off.

Brief scores:

New Zealand 291 allout in 45 overs (Williamson 100, Ronchi 65; Hazlewood 6/52, Hastings 2/69)

Australia 53/3 in 9 overs (Henriques 18, Warner 18; Milne 2/9, Boult 1/28)

-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com