A considerable Edgbaston crowd was left annoyed on Friday after the second game of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy between New Zealand and Australia in Group A fixture was abandoned when scoreboard of the second innings read Australia were 53 for three in nine overs when rain stopped play for the second time on the day.
The abandonment of the game between arch-rivals means rain won literally which further saw New Zealand and Australia will share a point each before going to their second game respectively.
Adam Milne was remarkable with the ball for the Black Caps, he bagged two wickets in two overs after conceding nine runs as Trent Boult went for 28 runs to claim a wicket in his four overs. Moreover, Tim Southee bowled three overs as he conceded 15 runs.
Interestingly, the grey skies kept irritating the players, fans and ground-staff from time-to-time as the rain poured down during the first innings which saw the game was reduced to 33 overs in which Australia were supposed to chase down the target of 235.
While coming to chase down the target, Australia didn’t had a good start as they lost flamboyant opener David Warner in the sixth over when they Kangaroos put 27 on board.
The left handed batsman Warner scored 18 off 16 balls which included a four and six respectively.
Australia further struggled as Aaron Finch was dismissed on 8 off 18 balls before Moises Henriques was caught and bowled by Adam Mile on 18 off 14 balls. He smashed four boundaries.
Earlier, batting first Kane Williamson led from the front as he laid a strong foundation for his side after scoring a 97-ball hundred as he was equally supported by wicket-keeper batsman, who was preferred as an opener over Tom Latham.
New Zealand had a good opening start which saw the Williamson-led team posting 40 runs for the first-wicket stand in 5.4 overs.
The Manawatu-born Ronchi was going after the pace battery while playing some quality shots – to keep scoreboard ticking of New Zealand. He scored 65 runs off 43 balls which further saw him scoring at the strike-rate of 151.16 as he smashed nine fours and three maximums.
Moreover, Ross Taylor rotated the strike which further saw him finding the padded-up boundaries for six times as he scored 46 off 58 deliveries.
The right-handed Ronchi played a significant knock in the middle overs to thwart the bolstered bowling line-up of Australia as he knitted crucial partnerships alongside Luke Ronchi and then senior campaigner Ross Taylor.
After right-handed batsman Neil Broom attempted for a maximum which has further achieved the height than distance found Glenn Maxwell in the deep, New Zealand batsman fall like pack of cards which further saw Corey Anderson, Mitchell Santner, Jimmy Neesham and Trent Boult returning to pavillion without crossing the double-figure mark.
After the top-order scored a bulk of the runs, late-order failed to rely on the momentum set up by Williamson, who ran himself out while attempting for a run.
In the rain-reduced game, New Zealand was bundled out for 291 as Josh Hazlewood made things hard for the Kiwis later-order.
The pace bowler claimed six wickets as he gave away 52 runs in his nine overs which saw the Black Caps packing before an over after the game was reduced to 46 overs as around 90 minutes were lost during the first innings of the game.