Australia vs New Zealand: 2013 ICC Champions Trophy live scores, blog

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    Australia v New Zealand

    EDGBASTON, JUNE 12, 2013

    Match 7 - AUS v NZL

    Australia 1st Inn 8/243
    New Zealand 1st Inn 2/51
    No Result
    New Zealand Over:15.0  RR:3.40
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    LRPL Taylor 9 23 0 0 39.13
    KS Williamson* 18 37 1 0 48.65
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    XJ Doherty* 1.0 0 4 0 4.00
    JP Faulkner 3.0 0 7 0 2.33
    Recent Overs:
    .  .  .  1  .  1  | .  .  2  .  1  .  | .  .  3  .  1  .  |
    Last Wicket: Ronchi, 14 (c:Watson b:McKay)
    Current Partnership: 25 runs, 47 balls, RR:53.19

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    Australia find themselves in a must-win situation when they take on in-form New Zealand in their second game of the Champions Trophy 2013 on tonight.

    We’ll have live scores and commentary of this match from Birmingham starting at 7.30 pm AEST.

    In late news, David Warner has been stood down from the match by Cricket Australia, after an alcohol-related incident.

    It was a disappointing performance from Australia in their opening game of the tournament against arch-rivals England, a batting display that followed their 65 all out in a warm-up game against India.

    They did get themselves to 200 against England but never in their chase of 270 did Australia look like they would get close.

    Australia’s batting problem can be simply put down to a combination of the absence of Michael Clarke and a purported over-dependence on Shane Watson.

    This was true during their World T20 campaign last year too when Watson single-handedly won the Aussies all the games they did win but once he failed, the game was lost.

    There was a selection issue in the last game too. Strangely enough, on a dry pitch in that game, captain George Bailey went in with six medium-pacers – a clear luxury on that track. There’s a reasonable chance that the pitch for tomorrow’s game may not be too different and a spinner could be called in.

    Even if the track does offer something for the quicker bowlers, having a spinner adds another dimension to the attack apart from allowing the captain a chance to finish off their 50 overs within the stipulated 210 minutes. Xavier Doherty might get a look-in.

    Oh and did I mention this – Clarke will continue to miss international cricket with that back of his struggling to get his back into shape. The physio Alex Kounturis has stated there’s been a definite improvement but he won’t be fit to play this game.

    New Zealand, despite having won the series against England, were lucky to scrape through to a win against Sri Lanka in their first match of the tournament.

    On what was described as a very difficult wicket by the Kiwi captain Brendon McCullum they restricted Sri Lanka to 138. And then they lost nine wickets chasing it down.

    Don’t let that fool you into believing that New Zealand’s batting is a suspect. In the three ODIs against England that preceded this tournament, it was their top-order that kept getting them out of trouble and a lot of that was to do with the pair of Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor.

    Both those batsmen had an off day against Sri Lanka but trust them to back to their best on a much better pitch and it will be an interesting battle between the Australian quicks and the Kiwi top-order.

    Where Australia might get some respite is that their batsmen will be up against a bowling attack not as sharp as the one that England had. With Daniel Vettori expected to sit out of this one because of a persistence of an injury, New Zealand could look to bring in another quick into their bowling.

    The other option for New Zealand is to select Grant Elliot, a bits and pieces cricketer to bat in the middle-order and bowl a bit of medium-pace.

    And one of the mini-battles to look out for will be former Australian wicket-keeper-turned-Kiwi-opener Luke Ronchi’s resistance to the Aussie bowlers. Since turning out for New Zealand, he has scores of 0, 2, 22 and 7 and in dire need of runs.

    Live coverage of the game begins from 7.30 pm AEDT on Wednesday and you can add your opinion in the comments section below.

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    • 7:23pm
      y8 games said | 7:23pm | ! Report

      AUS vs NZ in Torphy 2013, hope to see a good game 🙂

    • 5:24pm
      Luke Fleming said | 5:24pm | ! Report

      Was there a free hit after the no ball bowled by Mitch mcglenahan in the nz vs Australia match?

    • 5:22pm
      Luke flemin said | 5:22pm | ! Report

      Was there a free hit after the no ball bowled by mcglenahan in the nz vs Australia champions trophy match

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:31am | ! Report

      So that’s that, the game has been abandoned, the points are shared and that pushes New Zealand up to three while Australia have opened their account with one. England have two from one and Sri Lanka have none from one.

      Assuming England beat Sri Lanka tomorrow, this group will look like this with one game each to play:

      1. England – 4
      2. New Zealand – 3
      3. Australia – 1
      4. Sri Lanka – 0

      This means that not only will Australia then need to win their last game but also hope that England can beat New Zealand convincingly enough to push their net run-rate below the Aussie NRR.

      On the other hand, if Sri Lanka beat England, things will look a lot closer and like this:

      1. New Zealand – 3
      2. England – 2
      3. Sri Lanka – 2
      4. Australia – 1

      Again, to qualify for the semi-finals, Australia need to beat Sri Lanka in the last game and go up to 3 points. They also need to hope that New Zealand can then beat England and allow Australia qualify along side them. Or if England beats New Zealand, they do that by a convincing enough margin.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:27am | ! Report

      Umm, nope, not happening…the match has been abandoned due to rain. The rain had stopped but the outfield was very wet and there wasn’t any time for it to dry.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:22am | ! Report

      Umpires are having an inspection now, hopefully we should have some play soon enough.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 2:49am | ! Report

      It’s stopped raining for now and there will be an official inspection at 6.15 pm local time. That’s about half hour from now.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 1:47am | ! Report

      Light and steady drizzle still on as we look at live visuals from Edgbaston. That means that the break continues on.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 1:32am | ! Report

      Here’s what the situation is at Birmingham. The play needs to begin within two and a half hours to have a result in a 20-over chase. Within 20 minutes from now, the match will start losing overs too. No change in the weather for now.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 1:12am | ! Report

      Still raining in Birmingham. No respite there.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 12:42am | ! Report

      So it’s finally raining hard enough to bring them off the field. Even as they were bringing on Glenn Maxwell, the umps called out to the covers.

      2/51 in 15. Minimum of 20 overs needed to make a result possible in an ODI. New Zealand need to be 2/78 in 20 to win it.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 12:40am | ! Report

      Spin time now. Xavier Doherty comes on now.

      Swept by Williamson for a three, after one turns away from him.

      Four in the over.

      2/51 in 15.

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