Rain spoils New Zealand’s impressive display

Mitchell Starc

A flashback of what happened back in 2013 when Aussies and Black Caps had met in a Champions Trophy group clash, rain once again washed the game away at Edgbaston, forcing Australia and New Zealand to share points.

New Zealand would be the more aggrieved of the two sides given Australia were reeling at 53/3 in 9 overs in their pursuit of 235 from 33, with David Warner, Aaron Finch and Moises Henriques already back in the hut. Australia were 25 runs behind the Duckworth-Lewis par score when the rain interrupted for the final time, but since only 9 overs of play was possible in the second half of the match, both teams were given a point.

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Trent Boult picked up Warner caught behind as he wildly slashed at him, while Finch and Henriques were accounted by Adam Milne.

Earlier, Kane Williamson smashed a sparkling 9th ODI century — his first against Australia in 50-over cricket — after he had chosen to bat first on what he said looked like a flat, run-scoring surface. He was well supported by Luke Ronchi, who scored a 33-ball half-century. A hefty total loomed for much of the New Zealand’s innings, but a late disintegration saw Black Caps bowled out for 291 inside their allotted 46 overs, handing a six-wicket haul to Josh Hazlewood.

The target was reduced to 235 from 33 overs following another burst of rain during the innings break. But even 20 overs, which were required to constitute a match, were unachievable.

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Match Summary:

No result: New Zealand 291 (KaneWilliamson 100, Luke Ronchi 65, Josh Hazlewood 6-52) v Australia 53 for 3