Australia vs New Zealand: We `got away with one`, admits Smith

Hazel Gray
June 6, 2017

As a result the teams took a point apiece, meaning Group A leaders England now only need one win from their remaining two group games to progress to the semi-finals after they began the tournament with an eight-wicket win over Bangladesh.

Skipper Kane Williamson (100 off 97 balls) scored a blistering century to help his side post a formidable target.

Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood took the maximum number of wickets of the Kiwi batting with the bowling figure of 6/52 in nine overs.

Kane Williamson, the New Zealand captain top-scored with exactly 100 after winning the toss in a match reduced by rain to 46 overs per side.

Milne then struck twice in quick time, removing Finch and Moises Henriques to derail Australia's chase before heavens opened up for the third time in the match with the Aussies in a spot of bother at 53 for three in nine overs.

Between overs 31 and 33, the pair plundered 25 runs between them and Williamson hit another six and a four in 34th over which also saw the dismissal of Taylor when he top edged to cover fielder to give Hastings his second wicket.

Whenever these two neighbours clashed, it has always been one of the best matches of any mega event for decades.

Hazlewood took three wickets in four balls to wrap up the innings with an over to spare.

As soon as Henriques was out though, New Zealand's charge was halted as the rain returned.

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.

Ronchi - who should have been run out earlier - was dropped on 54 by Mitchell Starc off Cummins.

The 114 runs the Kiwis added in the opening 15 overs featured 16 fours and three sixes as Cummins copped the brunt of the assault, his first five overs going for 52 runs.

These sides last met at the Champions Trophy nearly four years ago at the same ground in a match which was also washed out in the second innings. Rhythm was one, I probably wasn't bowling the ball as hard as I could, you sort of place the ball if you're guessing a bit coming off a long break. Trent Boult survived the hat-trick but was then caught behind next ball.

Ronchi set the tone with 65 off 43 balls.

Mitchell Starc struggled on his comeback after a foot injury as he picked up 0/52.

But Australia were dealt a massive blow in the first delivery of the next over in the form of Warner, who edged one to Luke Ronchi behind the stumps of the bowling of Trent Boult.

When Latham falls, the responsibility falls on Williamson to see his team through, and the New Zealand skipper plays that role to a T. Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson and James Neesham all play around the their captain, as New Zealand are able to get to the target in the final over of the match.

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