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Points shared as rain ruins match
June 13, 2013
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BIRMINGHAM: Rain meant the Champions Trophy Group A match between Australia and New Zealand ended in a no result at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

New Zealand, set 244 to win, were 51 for two off 15 overs when rain stopped play at 3.40pm local time (1440GMT).

The Kiwis needed to face a minimum of 20 overs for either side to have a chance of winning under the Duckworth/Lewis system for rain-affected matches.

But with rain falling steadily, the match was abandoned by the umpires at 6.25pm local time (1725GMT).

Both sides received a point for a no result. That left New Zealand on three points after their one-wicket win over Sri Lanka and gave defending champions Australia their first point of the tournament, after a 48-run loss to hosts England at Edgbaston last week.

Australia made 243 for eight, with Adam Voges top-scoring with 71 and George Bailey, captaining the side in place of the injured Michael Clarke, 55.

 Adam Voges did his best to cover for the controversial absence of dynamic opener Warner as Australia made 243 for eight.

Voges top-scored with 71 while stand-in skipper George Bailey made 55 for the second time in as many matches as defending champions Australia looked to bounce back from their opening 48-run loss to England on Saturday, also at Edgbaston.

New Zealand, losing finalists against Australia at the 2009 Champions Trophy in South Africa, were indebted to left-arm quick Mitchell McClenaghan’s return of four for 65, including a spell of three wickets for 16 runs that rocked the middle order.

Australia, already without captain and star batsman Michael Clarke because of a recurrence of his longstanding back problem, suffered a fresh blow before play started when Warner was dropped as a disciplinary measure.

Bailey opted to bat first after winning the toss against a New Zealand side who scraped a one-wicket win over Sri Lanka.

There was a moment of unintentional humour before play started when, during a montage of messages from team captains to fans broadcast on the giant screens at Edgbaston, Clarke urged spectators to “drink within their boundaries”.

But there was nothing funny for Australia about a collapse to 10 for two inside four overs.

Opener Shane Watson was caught behind off McClenaghan and Phillip Hughes was run out for nought by Martin Guptill, racing in from cover, after a mix-up with new opener Matthew Wade.

Agence France-Presse

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