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Luke Ronchi plays a shot en route to his 65 against Australia in ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at Edgbaston on Friday © Getty Images
Former champions Australia went head to head against trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand, in Match 2 of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Friday. The match was unfortunately washed out owing to heavy rain interference. New Zealand, who batted first after winning the toss, were bowled out for a healthy total of 291, courtesy of Kane Williamson’s 100 and Luke Ronchi’s 65, while Australia’s Josh Hazlewood claimed six wickets for 52. In the reply, Australia could only manage 53 for the loss of three wickets, as the rain had the last laugh. The match being abandoned saw the teams sharing a point each. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs New Zealand, ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Match 2 at Edgbaston
Rain saw the Champions Trophy one-day international between Australia and New Zealand at Edgbaston on Friday end in a no result. Australia, set a revised target of 235 to win in 33 overs, were 53 for three off nine overs when the last of several rain interruptions took the players off the field. A minimum of 20 overs had to be bowled in Australia’s innings for a result to be possible but so severe was the final downpour that the umpires decided there was no possibility of getting to that mark within the scheduled playing hours. Both teams received a point apiece for the no result from what was their opening match of the 2017 Champions Trophy, a tournament featuring the world’s top eight one-day international teams. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: Australia vs New Zealand, ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Match 2 at Edgbaston
The main beneficiaries were Group A rivals and tournament hosts England, who launched this year’s edition with an eight-wicket win over Bangladesh at the Oval on Thursday. New Zealand, who saw their innings reduced to 46 overs after a rain break of nearly two hours, made 291 all out in 45.
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