Friday, 2 June 2017

ICC Champions Trophy 2017 - 2nd Match

02 Jun 2017

ICC Champions Trophy 2017 - 2nd Match
(Group A: Australia vs New Zealand at Birmingham)

Rain ruins New Zealand's prospects

New Zealand vs Australia
291 (45/46) 53/3 (9/33)
No result
Photo © BCCI

History never repeats, the iconic New Zealand band Split Enz would have us believe. Turns out they didn't know what they were talking about. History very much repeated on Friday at Edgbaston, where back in 2013 Australia and New Zealand had met in a Champions Trophy group match. On that occasion, the first innings was completed and the chase was underway when rain washed the game away. And this year? Ditto.

There was enough play in this match for Kane Williamson to score his first ODI hundred against Australia, Josh Hazlewood to claim a career-best six-wicket haul, and Luke Ronchi to spark concern among his former countrymen with a 33-ball half-century. But there was not enough for a result, with Australia's chase only nine overs old - 11 short of the 20 required - when the rain set in. And so the points from the match were shared.

Rain ruins New Zealand's prospects (espncricinfo):
Photo © BCCI

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