ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Rain washed out Australia-New Zealand match

Laura Christensen
June 6, 2017

New Zealand and Australia were forced to accept a point each from their Champions Trophy clash at Edgbaston after rain led to the match being abandoned nine overs into the second innings.

The Blackcaps will consider themselves a little unlucky as they seemed to have the upper hand with Australia - chasing a revised target of 235 in 33 overs - reduced to 53/3 in nine overs.

New Zealand were bowled out for 291 by Australia in their Group A Champions Trophy one-day worldwide match at Edgbaston on Friday.

After the first rain delay, New Zealand came out firing with Australian worldwide Luke Ronchi particularly harsh on Pat Cummins' bowling, smashing two fours and a six from an over.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson raises his bat after reaching his century at Edgbaston.

Josh Hazlewood was the pick of the Australian bowlers, finishing with 6-52, but Smith was unhappy with what was sent down for the first 40 overs as Kane Williamson scored a fine century before his run out for 100 sparked a stunning late collapse.

Josh Hazlewood says Australia's bowlers will be much improved against Bangladesh at The Oval on Monday, despite their off-colour display against New Zealand.

Hazlewood took three wickets in four balls to wrap up the innings with an over to spare.

Trent Boult of New Zealand celebrates dismissing David Warner of Australia during the ICC Champions Trophy match.

New Zealand were cruising at 254 for 3 after 39 overs before losing their 7 wickets for 37 runs in 36 balls.

In the 2017 edition, New Zealand opted to bat and stamped their campaign with instant aggression. And how do they balance that attack, with so many allrounders and frontline bowling options?

Only the top two sides from each of the two groups of four qualify for the semi-finals.

Both captains agreed the result was "not ideal" and accepted their sides had to win their final two games in the group stages to stand a reasonable chance of progressing.

But Australia were dealt a massive blow in the first delivery of the next over in the form of Warner, who edged one to Luke Ronchi behind the stumps of the bowling of Trent Boult.

But he was then run out going for a sharp single by Moises Henriques´s throw to Cummins.

Winless in an ODI at Edgbaston since 1993, with four of the past eight matches in Birmingham washed out, Australia was well behind par on the Duckworth Lewis system by the end of the eighth over.

"I think the first 10-15 overs, we bowled too full and both sides of the wicket and in England you've got to bowl pretty straight". If England defeat New Zealand, they will qualify for the Knockout phase.

Left-arm fast bowler Starc, arguably the world´s leading ´yorker´ bowler, has recovered from a foot injury that cut short his tour of India.

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