Champions Trophy: Rain abandoned match, both teams New Zealand and Australia share a point

Birmingham : Match between Australia and New Zealand  was abandoned due to heavy rains. Only New Zealand’s innings of 46 overs and 8.3 overs of Australia’s batting was possible before the organizers took a call of abandoning the match.

 New Zealand captain Kane Williamson  scored a brilliant 100 off 97 deliveries, propelling New Zealand to a total of 291 all out. 

As rain was frequently interrupting the play , Australia were given a target of 233 runs  to chase down in 33 overs. New Zealand took 3 early wickets with the Australian score still at 53. Australia were in trouble at 53/3 after nine overs before rain came calling and covers were brought on.

After many interruptions, the match was eventually called off with the game already reduced to 46 overs once and Australia’s target reduced to 235 runs from 33 overs. Earlier, New Zealand had been bowled out for 291 runs from 45 overs.

Smith admitted that the weather had probably helped his side to one point – as against a zero. “We still had a lot of work to do and they’ve got a quality bowling attack as well, so we perhaps got away with one there. We certainly would have preferred to be in New Zealand’s position when we came off at the end,” he said.

New Zealand will consider themselves highly unlucky to not to walk away with the full tally of points available on the board.

With a no result, both teams will get 1 point each from the encounter and sit behind table-toppers England in Group A. 

 

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