Rain leaves Australia-New Zealand game without result
New Zealand 291 (Williamson 100) v
Australia 53-3 (Milne 2-9)
2nd game, Group A, ICC Champions Trophy at Edgbaston
Heavy rain lashed out at Edgbaston as the second game of the Champions Trophy between Australia and New Zealand was abandoned without a result, forcing both the teams to share the points between them equally.
Guptill-Ronchi get New Zealand off to blistering start before rain break
New Zealand won the toss and decided to bat first. Martin Guptill (26) scored five boundaries in as many overs to take New Zealand to 38 for naught. Josh Hazlewood (6-52) provided the initial breakthrough for Australia when he had Guptill caught at backward point. As Australia reached 67 for one in 9.3 overs, a brief rain spell delayed the proceedings by 90 minutes.
On resumption after the game was reduced to 46 overs per side, Ronchi struck four boundaries and a six to bring up his fifty off 33 deliveries. In the 15th over bowled by Pat Cummins (1-67), Ronchi was dropped by Mitchell Starc (0-52) at mid on but the New Zealand opener also plundered a six and a couple of boundaries to take the total to 114 for one in 15 overs. John Hastings (2-69) provided some respite with the wicket of Ronchi with Glenn Maxwell taking his second catch.
Williamson steadies the innings with another century
Kane Williamson (100) rotated the innings well while the odd boundaries were coming from the blade of Ross Taylor (46) and the duo brought their 50-run stand off 65 deliveries. Williamson struck a six in the 27th over to shift gears and reached his own fifty off 62 deliveries. At the end of 30 overs, New Zealand reached 180 for two.
Between overs 31 and 33, the pair plundered 25 runs between them and Williamson hit another six and a four in 34th over which also saw the dismissal of Taylor when he top edged to cover fielder to give Hastings his second wicket. The New Zealand skipper quietly went about his business and reached another century, needing 96 deliveries for it but was run out in the very next delivery as they were restricted to 256 for three at the start of 40 overs.
Australia bounce back through Hazlewood
New Zealand could not quite capitalise on the start as the innings lost its steam with the dismissal of Williamson. Hazlewood accounted for Neil Broom (14) in the 41st over and in the next over, Cummins removed Corey Anderson (8) to reduce New Zealand to 268 for six.
Hazlewood looked at his best as he picked four more wickets in his next two overs to bowl out New Zealand to 291 in 45 overs - an over less than the allotted 46-over mark.
New Zealand new ball bowlers trouble Australia before rain abandons game
Aaron Finch (8) and David Warner (18) started the innings positively, scoring 27 runs in the first five overs before Trent Boult (1-28) had the latter caught behind in the sixth over. Adam Milne (2-9) further dented Australia's hopes with the wickets of Aaron Finch (8) and Moises Henriques (18) as Australia were reduced to 53 for three in nine overs.
This is when rain arrived not allowing any further play possible forcing Australia and New Zealand to take a point apiece from the abandoned game.
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