Aus vs New Zealand: Match abandoned due to rain, teams share points

Kristopher Nichols
June 6, 2017

Australia were 53-3 after nine overs, chasing a revised target of 235 from 33 overs, when rain intervened.

The play was then paused again when Australia was 53/3 in 9.0 overs and afterwards as the rains continued, the match was abandoned.

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.

The Black Caps pool also features hosts and tournament favourites England and Bangladesh.

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

Earlier, New Zealand had been bowled out for 291 runs from 45 overs.

In reply, the Aussies lost the wickets of David Warner, Aaron Finch, and Moises Henriques with the impressive New Zealand right-arm quick Adam Milne taking two scalps.

Having taken 62 balls to reach his fifty, Williamson kicked on and took just another 34 to bring up his ninth ODI hundred. Hazlewood and Starc both ended with 52 runs off their nine overs, but Hazlewood added five death wickets in his last three overs to give him a six-wicket haul that he probably won't be telling his grandkids about.

Opting to bat first, the Blackcaps got off to a confident start except for the early dismissal of Martin Guptill.

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Luke Ronchi and Kane Williamson starred.

As soon as Henriques was out though, New Zealand's charge was halted as the rain returned. And how do they balance that attack, with so many allrounders and frontline bowling options? The captain struck eight fours and three sixes by the time he was run out with 6.5 overs remaining. His partnership with Ross Taylor was allowed time to breathe because of Ronchi, and they batted throughout the middle of the match and were starting to accelerate in their last few overs together before Taylor skied a ball into the covers. Adam Milne did bowl very well, for all of his 12 balls, but for New Zealand that wasn't enough to celebrate. Trent Boult survived the hat-trick but was then caught behind next ball.

Likewise, Australia have been completely dominant over New Zealand as in four ICC Champions Trophy matches between them, all of them were won by the former.

John Hastings - who has plenty of English county experience - was chosen over paceman James Pattinson.

"I think everyone was on the phone letting their loved ones back home know that everyone was OK with everyone involved [in] our team".

"Guys were a little bit concerned at the time, and didn't really know what to do", the Australia captain said.

In his first worldwide outing since he returned home early from India in March with a foot injury, the dynamic left-armer, who averages fewer than 20 runs per wicket in his ODI career, looked threatening but meandered through his final overs and went wicketless.

However, his run out was the first of seven wickets to go down in just 5.5 overs as New Zealand crumbled.

"For us it´s trying to attack it as best we can".

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