Champions Trophy 2017: New Zealand-Australia match abandoned due to rain

Australia were 53 for three after nine overs chasing an adjusted total of 235 in 33 overs, when rain came.

With no play possible for almost two hours, match officials reduced what should have been a 50 overs per side one-day worldwide contest to 46 when the fixture resumed at 1:08pm (1208 GMT).

A fascinating battle is on the cards between the veteran batsmen of both teams and the match between two teams are also technically sound cool which will be lead by captains.

Hazlewood picked up his career-best bowling figures in ODI cricket, ending with six wickets for 52 runs in his nine overs.

The Trans-Tasman rivals Australia and New Zealand will face each other in the Champions Trophy 2017 group-A match at the Edgbaston today (Friday).

Hazlewood clinched the wickets of Adam Milne, Mitchell Santner and Trent Boult in the 45th over to bring the curtains down on the New Zealand innings.

New Zealand stuttered as they lost their last seven wickets for just 37 runs.

Roy, meanwhile, is deep in a slump of form with 34 runs in six one-day innings since the start of the season.

New Zealand's innings was interrupted early on by a rain delay of almost two hours, before the showers arrived as soon as paceman Josh Hazlewood skittled out the bottom order with three wickets in four balls in what proved to be the final over. Unhappily for New Zealand further rain ruined the denouement and what looked like a certain two points. We gave them a lot of freebies.




However, the skipper was furious at the performance of his bowlers, as the returning Mitchell Starc (0-52) and Pat Cummins (1-67) in particular, struggled with the line and length albeit on a flawless batting wicket. New Zealand continue to search for their maiden win against Australia in this tournament - a chance they will feel robbed of tonight.

Alongside Ross Taylor (46), he put on 99 for the third wicket.

Along with Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson, who scored a masterful 100 off just 97 balls, Ronchi went on the offensive whacking three sixes in 77-run stand with his captain. With the ball there, they came and bowled aggressively.

Milne then removed Finch and Henriques, who both looked out of sorts. Martin Guptill (26) scored five boundaries in as many overs to take New Zealand to 38 for naught. Trent Boult survived the hat-trick but was then caught behind next ball.

Josh Hazlewood says Australia's bowlers will be much improved against Bangladesh at The Oval on Monday, despite their off-colour display against New Zealand.

John Hastings - who has plenty of English county experience - was chosen over paceman James Pattinson. "He's a little bit slower than the others and hits the seam and has some good skills throughout the middle as well".

Left-arm fast bowler Starc, arguably the world´s leading ´yorker´ bowler, has recovered from a foot injury that cut short his tour of India.

Australia: A Finch, D Warner, S Smith (capt), M Henriques, T Head, G Maxwell, M Wade, J Hastings, P Cummins, M Starc, J Hazlewood. "This is a big tournament; we pride ourselves on how we perform in these tournaments".

"We're going to be trying to win the game".

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