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

Paola Ditto
Giugno 5, 2017

With no play possible for almost two hours, match officials reduced what should have been a 50 overs per side one-day global contest to 46 when the fixture resumed at 1:08pm (1208 GMT).

"Bangladesh is still a big game because they pushed England all the way to the end so we've got our work cut out to make sure we get that decider".

Williamson had laid the foundation for better, taking a particular liking to all-rounder John Hastings, off whom he muscled 42 runs in 25 balls but Luke Ronchi's frenetic 65 was the only other substantial contribution.

Sitting pretty at 3-254 when Williamson departed, New Zealand lost their final seven wickets for 37 runs in less than six overs as Hazlewood ripped through the tail.

The match will be broadcast on PTV & Ten Sports in Pakistan, Channel 9, Fox Sports in Australia while SkySports and Sky Sports NZ in New Zealand.

Glenn Maxwell took four catches, one short of Jonty Rhodes' one-day worldwide record for a fielder of five. Busy and always energetic on the field, Australia's Smith is a far cry from the usually calm and calculated New Zealander.

Dark clouds close in.

David Warner and Moises Henriques both finished the day with just 18 runs, while Aaron Finch and Steven Smith managed just eight.

New Zealand beat Australia 2-0 in a home ODI series earlier this year and Williamson said Thursday: "We have played each other a lot, and we are fairly familiar with each other but teams are always trying to do (things) slightly different".

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

Skipper Kane Williamson (100 off 97 balls) scored a blistering century to help his side post a formidable target.

Fast bowler Adam Milne was the pick of the Kiwi bowlers with figures of 2/9 in two overs.

"I thought it was probably one of the worst bowling displays that we've put on for a very long time", he said.

Friday´s encounter at Edgbaston ground features several survivors, with New Zealand captain Kane Williamson the star turn in a top order that also includes Martin Guptill.

David Warner of Australia heads back to the pavillion after being dismissed by Trent Boult for 18 runs.

By then Australia had picked off the unsafe Martin Guptill, squared up by Hazlewood, but somehow failing to do the same with Ronchi. Williamson was joined by Ross Taylor and there was a mid-innings lull as the batsmen attempted to set a platform for a total above 300.

"We played some good cricket and we can't control the weather, although it is a little bit frustrating", he said.

Milne's second visit was just as busy, Henriques pulling a four, edging one past slip then chipping back to the bowler.

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