Australia vs New Zealand, ICC Champions Trophy 2017

Taylor Byrd
June 6, 2017

Australia would consider themselves lucky after they got away from a potentially damaging loss against New Zealand on Friday (June 2) in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 and their skipper Steve Smith slammed his star-studded pace attack for an ordinary performance in the game.

Earlier, opting to bat first, the Kiwi scored 291 in 45 overs before rain came in and Australia were given a target of 235 runs to chase down in 33 overs.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson raises his bat after reaching his century at Edgbaston.

Williamson's 100 off 97 balls anchored a New Zealand innings that promised a lot more, but Australia found their groove in the closing overs to take the final seven wickets for 37 runs.

Josh Hazlewood finished with six for 52, the second best bowling figures in the tournament's history. He lost his opening partner, Martin Guptill, whose leading edge was caught at point off Hazlewood for 26, and almost lost his own wicket he gave up on an attempted single only to see the throw miss, and Matthew Wade fail to gather the ball cleanly, allowing Ronchi to make his ground. He prevented the Kiwis from playing full 46 overs after their innings was reduced by four overs due to first spell of rain.

Teammates congratulate New Zealand's Adam Milne for the dismissal of Australia's Moises Henriques.

"I was probably going to bowl first anyway", said Smith, celebrating his 28th birthday on Friday, at the toss.

The arrival of Ross Taylor and some tidy bowling from Travis Head combined to slow down the New Zealand charge before Taylor departed departed for a relatively sluggish 46 from 58 deliveries. The last time the two teams met at the important and famous tournament was at the 2015 World Cup final when New Zealand emerged as the victor.

"We bowled on both sides of the wicket".

Smith and Finch put on a 43-run partnership, before the Australia captain is dismissed.

The players were off the field for almost two hours and when they returned, Ronchi carried on in a 15th over, bowled by Cummins, that yielded 15 runs. "We bowled both sides of the wicket".

The match will be broadcast on PTV & Ten Sports in Pakistan, Channel 9, Fox Sports in Australia while SkySports and Sky Sports NZ in New Zealand.

Winless in an ODI at Edgbaston since 1993, with four of the past eight matches in Birmingham washed out, Australia was well behind par on the Duckworth Lewis system by the end of the eighth over.

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, while Pattinson has returned from shin and back problems.

There is a bit of a hiccup, as two wickets tumble quickly, but Corey Anderson comes to the Black Caps' rescue, scoring a stirring half-century, which guides New Zealand to 318.

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