ICC Champions Trophy: Australia 53/3 as rain arrives again
Australia were reduced to 53 for three in nine overs, chasing a revised target of 235 from 33 overs, before rain stopped play yet again during their Group A encounter of the ICC Champions Trophy against New Zealand in Edgbaston, Birmingham today.
David Warner, Aaron Finch and Moises Henriques fell cheaply, with Adam Milne taking two wickets in his first two overs.
Earlier, Josh Hazlewood took six wickets for 52 runs as New Zealand were bowled out for 291 in 45 overs, in the 46-over-a-side affair, after Kane Williamson's 100 had given the Black Caps a great opportunity to post a 300-plus total.
Earlier, Williamson won the toss and opted to bat first. Australia skipper Steven Smith seemed satisfied with losing the toss as he said: "I was probably going to bowl first anyway. Preparation's been good. The rain-out against Pakistan wasn't ideal. The guys are in a good headspace. This is a big tournament, we pride ourselves on how we perform in these tournaments."
The first match of the tournament, as well as this group, ended in a comprehensive eight-wicket victory for England over Bangladesh on Thursday.
New Zealand: Guptill, Ronchi (wk), Williamson (capt), Taylor, Broom, Neesham, Anderson, Santner, Milne, Southee, Boult
Australia: Warner, Finch, Smith (capt), Maxwell, Head, Henriques, Wade (capt), Hastings, Starc, Cummins, Hazlewood