It was probably one of our worst bowling displays: Smith

Paola Ditto
Giugno 5, 2017

"That's pretty fair", he said.

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.

The pursuit looked to be fatally undermined and Smith pulled no punches in his assessment, particularly in the efforts of a bowling attack rated as one of the tournament's most fierce.

The Blackcaps, for whom captain Kane Williamson led the way with exactly 100, were 254 for three in the 40th over and on course for a total well in excess of 300 following a dashing 65 from opener Luke Ronchi.

"We played some good cricket and we can't control the weather".

"I thought the opening partnership from us was very, very good", Williamson said.

Fast bowler Josh Hazlewood produced an excellent display of pace bowling to return figures of 6/52, three of those wickets coming off four deliveries in the penultimate over of the innings.

The Australians left Birmingham straight after the game for the bus trip to London where they will face Bangladesh in a must-win game on Monday at The Oval.

Williamson's ninth one-day global ton was a typically assured knock, featuring eight fours and three sixes before he was run out in the 40th over.

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.

He removed middle-order batsmen Niel Broom and Jimmy Neesham cheaply and prevented them from causing any further damage to his side.

Smith's world champions were certainly wobbling when a third spell of rain at 5.55pm saw this Group A encounter finally ended, with their pursuit of an adjusted target of 235 from 33 overs sitting at 53 for three by the end of the ninth after Trent Boult's removal of David Warner was followed up by a two-wicket burst from the pacy Adam Milne.

Having won the toss and opted to bat, Martin Guptill got New Zealand off to a flying start and once he was dismissed by Hazlewood for 26, Luke Ronchi, having played a supporting role to that point, thrust himself to the fore.

However, it was a morale booster for the Black Caps, whereas, the exact opposite for the Australian team.

But just like England did against Bangladesh in the tournament opener, Australia found their mojo late in the innings, and following Williamson's run out immediately after his hundred, launched a superb fightback to restrict their opponents.

Kane Williamson of New Zealand bats during the ICC Champions Trophy match between Australia and New Zealand at Edgbaston. L et's hope it's rust and let's hope it's gone. "Because that was pretty ordinary". Tamim Iqbal and former captain Mahmudullah led the batting but the bowlers could not complement the good work as England chased the down the challenging 306-run target easily. Adam Milne was on a rampage before rain stopped play as he took 2 wickets for 9 removing Henriques and Finch.

Australia were eliminated without winning a game four years ago, and are already up against it.

"I think the first 10-15 overs, we bowled too full and both sides of the wicket and in England you've got to bowl pretty straight".

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