Luke Ronchi sends warning before rain wrecks New Zealand hopes against Australia

Hazel Gray
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.

They were chasing a revised 235 in 33 overs, New Zealand having made 291 all out after Kane Williamson's 100 provided a beacon of batsmanship on an otherwise frantic day of strokeplay. New Zealand will be the more gutted side as they were at an advantageous position despite late exploits by Australian bowlers.

Williamson picked up his tempo as the game progressed and found the boundaries at will to score his first century against Australia off just 99 balls.

Apart from him, Luke Ronchi and Ross Taylor scored 65 and 46 runs respectively.

New Zealand's innings was reduced to 46 overs due to rain, but thanks to some fine bowling from Josh Hazlewood, the Kiwis lost all 10 of their wickets in just 45 overs.

But his run-out sparked a slump that saw the Blackcaps dismissed for 291 after losing their last seven wickets for 37 runs in 35 balls.

Trent Boult removed classy Australian opener David Warner for 18 before fellow-paceman Adam Milne removed Aaron Finch and Moises Henriques relatively cheaply.

Australia had reached 53/3 in nine overs when the proceedings were interrupted by rain once again before the match was abandoned for good.

New Zealand opener Luke Ronchi got his side off to a flying start, showcasing a repertoire of shots with an aggressive approach.

While Australia will be expected to take maximum points against Bangladesh at The Oval, history suggests Smith's side shouldn't underestimate their opponents.

This was left-armer Starc's first match since the second Test against India in March and Smith backed his spearhead to come good in their second match of the one-day worldwide tournament against Bangladesh.

And Kane (Williamson) timed his innings beautifully, played really well throughout the middle.

Teams are split into two groups of four, with the top two in each qualifying for the semi-finals.

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.

New Zealand might be cursing the heavens as the stakes were loaded heavily in their favour when rain stopped the play for the third time in the match. With a minimum of 20 overs needing to be bowled to the side batting second, both captains expressed their frustration that the game could not be concluded though Steve Smith, Australia's captain, sounded the more relieved.

Travis Boult got the breakthrough for New Zealand when David Warner's huge heave produced the thinnest of edges which was caught behind by Ronchi.

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

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