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02-Jun-2017 17:44:00 GMT
New Zealand v Australia, ICC CT 2017, Edgbaston

Rain spoils New Zealand prospects

Birmingham: Australia and New Zealand share the points after their match in the Champions Trophy is abandoned because of rain in Champions Trophy match No. 2 at Edgbaston on Friday.

Australia were 53 for 3 when play called off after set a revised target of 235 in 33 overs to win.

Further rain during the mid-innings break led to a new target being drawn up under the Duckworth/Lewis method for weather-affected limited overs matches.

New Zealand, who saw their innings reduced to 46 overs after a rain break of nearly two hours, made 291 all out in 45.

They lost their last seven wickets for 37 runs after captain Kane Williamson's excellent innings of exactly 100.

New Zealand rode on a century by Kane Williamson and excellent batting by Luke Ronchi and Ross Taylor to post a total of 291 runs

Williamson led the Kiwi charge with a solid innings of 100 runs before being run out. His 97-ball innings included eight boundaries and three sixes.

Ronchi chipped in with a quick fire 65 off 43 deliveries which included nine boundaries and three sixes.

Taylor on the other hand, was unlucky to miss out on what would have been a well deserved half century as he was dismissed on 46, hitting six boundaries during his 58-ball stay at the crease.

Fast bowler Josh Hazlewood produced an excellent display of pace bowling to return career best figures of 6/52, three of those wickets coming off four deliveries in the penultimate over of the innings.

Fellow pacer John Hastings had figures of 2/69 while fast bowler Pat Cummins got one wicket.

Hazlewood struck the first blow for Australia when Guptill was outfoxed by a bit of extra bounce and was caught by Glenn Maxwell at point.

A heavy drizzle led to suspension of play for around one and a half hours forcing the officials to reduce the match to 46 overs a side.

Williamson and Ronchi however, did not let the break affect their focus, adding 77 runs between them off 60 balls.
Brief scores
New Zealand -
291 (Williamson 100, Ronchi 65, Hazlewood 6-52)
Australia - 53 for 3 (9/33 ov, target 235) (Milne 2-9)
Result - No result

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