Rivals Australia and New Zealand shared the spoils after their 2017 ICC Champions Trophy match was abandoned due to persistent rain in Birmingham, England, on Friday.
The Black Caps scored 291 in their innings, with their knock coming to an end after 45 overs. The first spell of rain at Edgbaston Stadium shortened the innings to 46 overs. Australia's chase got off to a poor start and New Zealand seemed primed for their first win of the tournament, but two periods of heavy rain forced an early end to the match.
Per cricket writer Prabhu Damodharan, New Zealand very much lost a point due to the decision:
Prabhu 🏏 #CT17 @Cricprabhu
Officially Called off. Tough on @BLACKCAPS , NZ will regret missing out on a Point which could be decisive for making it to Semis. #CT172017-6-2 17:29:27
Here's a look at the final scorecard:
Champions Trophy @ICC_CTLive
AUS v NZ, #CT2017 2nd Match, Group A: NZ 292/10 (Ov 45) Williamson 100 L Ronchi 65 AUS 53/3 (Ov 9) Match No Result Both Team Share 1,1 Point2017-6-2 17:50:41
The result leaves England in the lead of Group A with two points, one more than New Zealand and Australia. Bangladesh sit last.
For a look at the upcoming schedule, visit ESPNcricinfo. Sri Lanka and South Africa will play their first match of the tournament at the Oval in London on Saturday.
Kane Williamson (100 from 148) led New Zealand to a relatively low total of 291 all out, as the Australian bowlers dominated during the first innings. Josh Hazlewood stole the show, taking six wickets in nine overs and giving up 52 runs.
Per the ICC's official Twitter account, he made history in the process:
Only Fareez Maharoof (6/14 v WI in 2006) has better figures in a Champions Trophy innings than Josh Hazlewood's 6/52 #NZvAUS #CT17 #howzstat https://t.co/znNYeZNxdq2017-6-2 14:59:00
The target of 292 seemed manageable for Australia, but the Black Caps bowled very well to start the second innings. David Warner and Moises Henriques both finished the day with just 18 runs, while Aaron Finch and Steven Smith managed just eight.
The rain didn't help matters, with the target changed to 231 from 33 overs after another spell of bad weather. Australia's knock didn't catch any steam, but at the start of the ninth over, clouds once again gathered above Birmingham. A light drizzle turned into heavy rain just as Henriques was caught, leading to another stoppage, and this time the teams wouldn't return to the pitch.
It was a tough break for New Zealand, who have still never beaten Australia in the ICC Champions Trophy. The result gives England a major advantage in the race for the semi-finals, while Bangladesh have renewed hope as well.