Steve Smith says each of Australia's Champions Trophy games is a final

Posted June 06, 2017

Heavy rain lashed out at Edgbaston as the second game of the Champions Trophy between Australia and New Zealand was abandoned without a result, forcing both the teams to share the points between them equally.

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.

And while he felt they clawed back some ground in the final six overs of the innings - New Zealand lost seven wickets for 37 runs in that period - he still accepted Australia would "have preferred to been in New Zealand's position" when the rain came.

Ronchi's innings at a Brendon McCullum-esque tempo enabled Williamson (100 off 97 balls) and Ross Taylor (46 off 58) to sculpt a 99-run third-wicket platform which presented the middle and lower order with a chance to unleash.

Though Josh Hazlewood took career best figures claiming 6/52, the rest of Australia's bowlers drew blanks with the usually reliable Mitchell Starc conceding 52 runs without a wicket from nine overs.

Australian side has not played together for approximately four months, They clinched victory in their warm-up game against Sri Lanka whereas their practise match was washed out due to rain.

New Zealand's innings was interrupted early on by a rain delay of almost two hours, before the showers arrived as soon as paceman Josh Hazlewood skittled out the bottom order with three wickets in four balls in what proved to be the final over.

"That's pretty fair", he said.

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The Black Caps raced to 134 off just 20 overs, before John Hastings secured the prized wicket of Ronchi, and the Aussies started to pull back the Kiwi run rate.

A heavy drizzle led to suspension of play for around one and a half hours forcing the officials to reduce the match to 46 overs a side. "We still had a lot of work to do and they've got a quality bowling attack as well, so we perhaps got away with one there".

The batting lineup is impressive, boasting David Warner, captain Steve Smith, Aaron Finch, and Glenn Maxwell.

New Zealand seamer Trent Boult expects to face a formidable England when the sides meet in Cardiff, despite the loss of Chris Woakes and Jason Roy's struggles.

The right-hander was dismissed off the very next ball he faced when he was run out thanks to an accurate throw by Cummins.

Adam Milne took 2/9 for New Zealand. "We bowled both sides of wicket".

Left-arm fast bowler Starc, arguably the world´s leading ´yorker´ bowler, has recovered from a foot injury that cut short his tour of India.

Williamson fell soon after to a careless run-out, and Neil Broom followed for an ineffectual 14 from 18 balls as New Zealand threatened to lose some momentum, especially with Cummins returning to rattle helmets and deposit batsmen on their backsides.