The lucky New Zealand. In a crucial match when they were in hot water, the nature intervened and they earned a valuable point to retain the top position in Group A. On the other hand, Australia, who had been overcome by the hosts England in their first match, were eyeing victory but rain washed away the match and it ended in a draw.

[caption id="attachment_1607" align="alignright" width="300"]Dark clouds darkened Australia’s mood as their survival in the tournament lies in tatters (Photo: AFP) Dark clouds darkened Australia’s mood as their survival in the tournament lies in tatters (Photo: AFP)[/caption]

Australia were in a better position after setting a 244-run target, mainly due to Adam Voges’ 71 and captain George  Bailey’s 55 and the team’s decision to bat first after winning the toss. Especially, after dismissing an in-form Martin Guptill and wicket-keeper Luke Ronchi on just 26, the Aussies were in full control of the game. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor then added 25 more runs before rain started because if which the match was later abandoned.

The good thing about Australia’s innings was the recovery they made after two of their players – Shane Watson and Phillip Hughes – were dismissed on 10 runs. Bailey then made successive partnerships of 64 and 77 with wicket-keeper Matthew Wade and Voges, respectively to make things worse for New Zealand. A slow innings by Wade prevented Australia from amassing a big total. Australia got a big blow when Bailey was clean bowled by Nathan McCullum on the last ball just before the powerplay. His innings was crucial given the poor start, but was rather sluggish as he scored 55 off 91. Mitchell Marsh and Voges played the powerplay somehow but wicket began to fall quickly when their innings entered the last 10 overs. Voges played a wonderful innings of 71 off 76 and helped Australia set a reasonable target. The 47 came from the last seven overs were because of Glenn Maxwell who faced 22 deliveries to score 29 runs, including two sixes and one four.

Mitchell McClenaghan took four wickets while Nathan and Williamson took two and one wicket, respectively.

After giving the Black Caps a reasonable target of 244 runs, Australia needed to restrict the opponents on as low score as possible. But, unfortunately, the inclement weather did not allow them to bowl more than 15 overs.

Umpires examined the ground several times but to no avail. At last on 6.23pm (local time), they decided to end the match and both teams were given one point each.

New Zealand still top the Group A, whereas Australia seem to be in trouble. The tomorrow’s match between England and Sri Lanka will make the situation clearer.

Australia vs New Zealand


Champions Trophy 2013, Match 7


June 12, 2013


Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham


Result: No result due to rain

















































































































آسٹریلیاRunsBalls4s6s
Shane Watsonc Ronchi b McClenaghan5710
Matthew Wadelbw b NL McCullum295730
Phillip Hughesrun out (Guptill)0400
George Baileyb NL McCullum559150
Adam Vogesc BB McCullum b McClenaghan717670
Mitchell Marshc Ronchi b McClenaghan222430
Glenn Maxwellnot out292212
James Faulknerc McClenaghan b Williamson61200
Mitchell Johnsonc BB McCullum b McClenaghan8620
Clint McKaynot out2400
Extras(bye 1, leg-byes 7, wides 4, no-balls 4)16
Total(8 wickets; 50 overs)243

 






















































New Zealand (bowling)OversMaidensRunsWickets
Kyle Mills61190
Mitchell McClenaghan100654
Daniel Vettori101230
Tim Southee41260
Nathan McCullum100462
Kane Williamson100561

 































































نیوزی لینڈTarget: 244 runsRunsBalls4s6s
Luke Ronchic Watson b McKay141720
Martin Guptillc Maxwell b McKay81310
Kane Williamsonnot out183710
Ross Taylornot out92300
Extras(leg-bye 1, wide 1)2
Total(2 wickets; 15 overs)51

 















































Australia (bowling)OversMaidensRunsWickets
Mitchell Johnson40180
Clint McKay40102
Shane Watson31110
James Faulkner3070
Xavier Doherty1040

c BB McCullum b McClenaghan
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