ICC Champions Trophy 2013: Rain abandons Australia-New Zealand tie

New Zealand were placed at 51 for two in 15 overs as rain played spoilsport in their Group ‘A’ contest against Australia © Getty Images (File Photo)

By Sarang Bhalerao

Birmingham: Jun 12, 2013

The Group ‘A’ match of ICC Champions Trophy 2013 between Australia and New Zealand at Edgbaston was abandoned due to incessant rains.

Chasing the target of 244, New Zealand started the run-chase in a positive manner when wicket-keeper Luke Ronchi hit the first ball of the innings for a boundary. His opening partner Martin Guptill looked in good touch. He kick-started his innings with a backfoot punch off Mitchell Johnson in the third over of the innings.

In the fouth over, Clint McKay got the wicket of Guptill when he looked to drive on-the-up. The ball took the edge of the bat and flew towards backward point. Kane Williamson came in to bat at No.3. He survived a close run-out when he hit the ball straight to mid-off and began running.

Ronchi, on the otherhand, looked comfortable with the bat. But his promising stay was cut short by McKay when the New Zealand opener steered the ball straight into the hands of fourth-slip, which was stationed to control his dab towards third-man. After the fall of two quick wickets, Williamson and Ross Taylor consolidated. The rain threat was looming in the air.

After 15 overs, when the showers became heavy umpires called for covers. Williamson (18 not out) and Taylor (nine not out) was the crease when rain interrupted the game.

There were a couple of inspections. Finally when the rains the playing conditions didn’t improve play was called off and the two teams shared a point each.

Earlier, Australia won the toss and batted first. They were in a spot of bother at 10 for two losing Shane Watson and Philip Hughes early. A steady third wicket partnership between Matthew Wade and skipper George Bailey provided stability. After Wade was dismissed for 29, Australia were in a spot of bother.
 
Adam Voges and Bailey then stiched an alliance of 77, which put Australia in a good position. Voges (71) and Bailey (55) were the two half-centurions. In the end overs Ausralia seemed to have lost their momentum but Glenn Maxwell played a cameo (29 off 22) which included 18 runs in the penultimate over against part-time off spinner Kane Williamson. Australia finished at 243 for eight.
 

Read the first innings report here

Brief scores:

Australia 243 for 8 in 50 overs (Adam Voges 71, George Bailey 55; Mitchell McClenaghan 4 for 65, Nathan McCullum 2 for 46) vs New Zealand 51 for 2 in 15 overs (Kane Williamson 18*; Clint McKay 2 for 10) match abandoned due to rain.

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(Sarang Bhalerao hails from a family of doctors, but did his engineering. He then dumped a career in IT with Infosys to follow his heart and passion and became a writer with CricketCountry. A voracious reader, Sarang aspires to beat Google with his knowledge of the game! You can follow him on Twitter here)