Overs: 9.0 / 33.0
Overs: 45.0 / 46.0
KK: "An undergraduate degree in computer engineering, scrapped through complex AI algorithms, signal processing theories and maths.. yet, Duckworth-Lewis method still manages to blow (a hole in) my mind after all these years.."
4.50pm Play to restart at 5.15pm if we don't have more rain.
Rishav: "Target seems quite fair. Cant be asked to chase 250 with 13 overs reduced. Only thing I want is to have the best bowler bowl nine overs like Australia got." Ah, well.
Nisal tries to decode the DL phenomenon: "I guess the reduction in target in certain situations under D/L is because when there is a reduction in number of overs for the side batting first, suddenly you have lesser chance of getting bowled out so you can take more risks. So more the wickets lost before the interval, the lesser the revised target will be."
Irfan: "The fact that Aus is happy with additional lost overs, means that D/L does not fairly revise targets. The way it is supposed to work is that the revised target should be equivalent and neither team should feel happy about overs being lost. These days, rain forecast almost certainly means batting second after winning the toss. The co-efficients in the D/L equations need to be revised for sure."
For those shocked by what's unfolding within the Indian camp - Kumble-Kohli and all that - here's an opportunity to have your say.
4.40pm Grey. Still spitting. A while away from a restart, I suppose. We're losing an over for every four minutes lost. Australians won't mind the rain for now. Shorter the game, better their prospects.
Our stats editor S Rajesh explains the DLS situation we've been faced with today:
If the interruption had happened after 25 overs, with NZ two down, Australia's target would have gone up by two runs. If it had happened after 35 overs, with NZ two down, it would have gone up by eight runs. The later the interruption happens, the greater is the opportunity lost to score, for the batting team (if they have wickets in hand)
Wickets lost in the end doesn't matter. If they were four down after 9.3 overs, lets assume, and yet finished on 320 after 46, the target for Australia would've come down to 310. Bizarre?
4.15pm Bad news, folks. The rain is back. Covers on. So we could be in for a delay again. We lost 109 minutes in the first innings, remember. Fingers crossed for this one. The good thing, though, is this seems to be a passing shower.
"It will be a (typically) beautiful evening. And bluebirds will do my washing up," says George Dobell from Edgbaston
This is New Zealand's highest score against Australia at a global event, beating the 286 they made in Chennai, all those years ago, in 1996. Australia have won 17 out of the 18 games both sides have played at neutral venues since 1999. Will take an inspired bowling performance for New Zealand to buck the trend despite doing most things right in the first innings.
3.50pm A lightning start from Luke Ronchi, a mature 99-run stand between Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson, who made a brilliant 100. But it was all Australia at the death... claiming 7 for 37 in the closing overs to keep their target below 300. No adjustment from Duckworth-Lewis, apparently. Shashank will be back with the chase in 20 minutes.
|44.6||JR Hazlewood to TA Boult, OUT, No run, edged and gone! Hazlewood wraps up the innings with 6 for 52, a perfect Test-match line and length, kissing the edge of the No.11. What a regrouping from Australia. They'll be firm favourites when the chase gets underway shortly.|
|44.5||JR Hazlewood to TA Boult, No run, good nut for a hat-trick ball! Ghosting past the edge from a very full length.|
|44.4||JR Hazlewood to MJ Santner, OUT, No run, drilled into the covers, Smith reaches high, and Hazlewood has a five-for with his second in a row!.|
Gayan: "How much will be the Interval Miller???" Thirty minutes, apparently.
Meanwhile, two wickets, and nine balls, for Maxwell to equal, and maybe break Jonty Rhodes' record of five outfield catches...
|44.3||JR Hazlewood to AF Milne, OUT, No run, another supreme connection, but straight to Maxwell on the rope! He utterly smoked that pull, but some you win, some you lose.|
|44.2||JR Hazlewood to AF Milne, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, short, and slapped heartily over the leg side. Picked it well, stepped right back on his stumps, threw his weight behind the shot, and beat the sweeper.|
|44.1||JR Hazlewood to MJ Santner, 1 run, steps across the crease to waft a drive to mid-off..|
Twelve balls. 300 is still very much on, but they need to get a wriggle on
|43.6||MA Starc to MJ Santner, 1 run, full length, in the blockhole, drilled to cover.|
|43.6||MA Starc to MJ Santner, WIDE, 1 run, misdirected. A good take down the leg side from Wade.|
|43.5||MA Starc to AF Milne, 1 run, outside off stump, floated into the covers with a loose-limbed drive.|
|43.4||MA Starc to MJ Santner, 1 run, another full toss, well, it's a tactic ....|
|43.3||MA Starc to AF Milne, 1 run, fenced into the gap.|
bha: "Mr. Miller, your reply to Gareth suggests that you need a class or two about anger management. Just saying!!!" No really, that is the dictionary definition
|43.2||MA Starc to MJ Santner, 1 run, another full toss, but zeroing in on the top of off stump. Flogged into the covers, off the back foot.|
|43.1||MA Starc to MJ Santner, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, that's a loose delivery, and excellently put away. Flipped off the hip, very fine through fine leg. No cutting that off.|
Reuben : "Everyone comparing NZ today to BD yesterday, but let's wait and see if Australia can get off to start like England did (Post 3rd over)."
|42.6||JR Hazlewood to MJ Santner, LEG BYES, 1 run, on the pads, deflected to the leg side. Three to go.|
|42.5||JR Hazlewood to AF Milne, 1 run, on the pads, whittled to backward square.|
|42.4||JR Hazlewood to AF Milne, No run, good riposte, outside off stump and can't lay a bat on it.|
|42.3||JR Hazlewood to AF Milne, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, that's more like it! A bit of a loose half-volley, but put away with aplomb, inches to the right of short cover, inches to the left of mid-off.|
|42.2||JR Hazlewood to JDS Neesham, OUT, No run, stand and deliver... deliver it straight to mid-on. Not the shot the circumstances required. New Zealand are sinking badly in the slog overs. They might struggle to use their full allocation at this rate.|
Gareth: "41.5 "spanged"? What is this word?" It's onomatopoeic, the sound a frying pan makes when it hits you flush in the face
|42.1||JR Hazlewood to JDS Neesham, 2 runs, wide of off stump, sliced to third man, where Starc slips as he jogs in to gather.|
Four overs to go. Who wants some?
Oliver Denny: "Anderson! Anderson! We want Anders... oh"
|41.6||PJ Cummins to JDS Neesham, 1 run, on the back foot, tapped to short midwicket.|
TJ: "NZ have made similar selection mistakes to Bangladesh. Both have brilliant bowling depth but selected the wrong bowlers for the conditions. " Hear, hear. Justice for Jeets!
|41.5||PJ Cummins to CJ Anderson, OUT, No run, another ambitious wipe, but this time it's simply spanged high into the off side. Who wants it? No-one really, but Henriques is the closest at backward point, clinging onto a steepler inches from the turf as he just about judges it in time!.|
|41.4||PJ Cummins to CJ Anderson, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, short, pulled, top-edged, and gone! Clears the rope at backward square leg, that's what sheer pace can do sometimes.|
|41.3||PJ Cummins to CJ Anderson, No run, well bowled, leaves Anderson on his backside as he limboes out of the way of a well-directed bouncer, kept following him from round the wicket.|
|41.2||PJ Cummins to JDS Neesham, 1 run, nurdled round the corner, another single to backward square. Australia will settle for this.|
Vivek Chandrase: "They are doing pretty much same mistakes Bangladesh made yesterday. Losing wickets at the wrong time, losing all the momentum they had."
|41.1||PJ Cummins to JDS Neesham, No run, angled down the leg side, but flicks the pad to save the wide.|
Phil G: "The Kiwis had a great starter and a sublime main course, but seem to be choking on dessert..." Something like that
|40.6||JR Hazlewood to CJ Anderson, 2 runs, pierces the field with a cut through backward point.|
|40.5||JR Hazlewood to CJ Anderson, No run, well bowled again, a tight line, and even tighter length to the new batsman, forcing him to gamble if he wants to have a go.|
|40.4||JR Hazlewood to JDS Neesham, 1 run, stroked into the covers to pick off the single.|
|40.3||JR Hazlewood to JDS Neesham, No run, that is a snarling delivery! Swung viciously out of the hand then exploded off the seam to boot. Beat the edge, all ends up.|
|40.2||JR Hazlewood to JDS Neesham, No run, poked back to the bowler.|
Akshay: "Thank heavens, no one tries to make jokes on South African cricketers' names." Perish the thought!
|40.1||JR Hazlewood to NT Broom, OUT, No run, hoisted high and hard, but only as far as Glenn Maxwell on the midwicket rope! Broom is heading back to the cupboard, and New Zealand are in danger of dribbling to a sub-300 total.|
Lakshmi Narayan: "In rain curtailed games, the final score should be also corrected by Duckworth-Lewis method to project what it could have been if they played 50 overs, to set the record straight with reference to 50 overs. " Every little helps right now
|39.6||PJ Cummins to NT Broom, 1 run, a hard crack to short cover, but again, can't pierce the field.|
New Zealand really missing a trick in these closing overs so far. Still, just about enough time to rectify that
|39.5||PJ Cummins to NT Broom, No run, speared into the toes, can't get it past midwicket.|
|39.4||PJ Cummins to JDS Neesham, 1 run, that's a terrific welcome for the new man! Fierce throat ball, takes the glove and loops to square leg. No-one lurking, but the intent was plain.|
|39.3||PJ Cummins to JDS Neesham, No run, short, and straight enough. Well bowled, as Richard Illingworth signals the one for the over.|
|39.2||PJ Cummins to NT Broom, 1 run, on the toes, plinked to deep midwicket.|
In spite of that set-back, New Zealand are still on track for their highest total v Australia in a global ODI tournament
|39.1||PJ Cummins to KS Williamson, OUT, No run, wide of off stump, tapped down the ground, and is going to be a run-out at the non-strikers' end. Yes, it is! Williamson was stranded as Cummins gathered and unleashed from a yard out, and that's the end of a fantastic innings.|
Jimmy Neesham on strike. Where is Corey Anderson?
RB: "Would you guys please stop these 'broom' jokes already? Thanks -- Richard Brush."
|38.6||JW Hastings to NT Broom, No run, slower and fuller outside off, looks to run it down to third man but misses the legcutter.|
|38.5||JW Hastings to KS Williamson, 1 run, tapped to cover, and there is Williamson's hundred! 96 deliveries, his ninth in ODIs, his first against Australia. And a vital finale to come.|
|38.4||JW Hastings to KS Williamson, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, no such problems for Kane! He's much more Ab(el) on that stroke, leaning inside the line to lob another short ball over his shoulder.|
|38.3||JW Hastings to NT Broom, 1 run, good intent, but Hastings spots Broom's manoeuvrings, and fires the ball out wide as he aims to go leg-sided.|
|38.2||JW Hastings to NT Broom, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, Broom does go vroom! Picks another cross-seamer from Hastings, and hauls a short ball out of deep midwicket's reach.|
|38.1||JW Hastings to NT Broom, 2 runs, middle-and-off stump line, and that's a delicate deflection through third man. A good tumbling stop to save the boundary.|
RG: "Broom needs to go vroom vroom, maybe even zoom zoom, currently it's doom doom, so early in June June!" Err. quite!
|37.6||MA Starc to NT Broom, 1 run, opens the face with a deliberately placed steer into the covers.|
|37.5||MA Starc to KS Williamson, 1 run, low full toss on the leg stump. Worked to midwicket.|
|37.4||MA Starc to KS Williamson, No run, outside off stump, glided to backward point.|
Ghalib: "Williamson: First 50 balls 35 runs next 42 balls 59 runs!" He's a bit good, you know
|37.3||MA Starc to NT Broom, 1 run, tapped to the leg side, at least he's handed the strike back to Williamson.|
|37.2||MA Starc to NT Broom, No run, yorker. Superbly executed. Nowhere for Broom to go but hard down into the crease to save his stumps from being splattered.|
|37.1||MA Starc to NT Broom, No run, short and sharp, angled into the body, and Broom can't connect with a flappy waft towards third man.|
Max: "Broom is better at housekeeping but his house Grandhome is not playing here so it's better to stay at Grandhome and give Anderson to bat" I'm sure that made perfect sense in your head...
|36.6||JW Hastings to KS Williamson, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, heave ho! A massive mow over deep midwicket and over the ropes! That'll help.|
|36.5||JW Hastings to KS Williamson, No run, banged in short, that was leg-sided, but he gets away with it.|
|36.4||JW Hastings to KS Williamson, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, short and a bit of a rank leg-sided long-hop, really. A fierce swivel-pull to rack up the boundary.|
olephart: "Poms really know how to produce ODI pitches. No pace, no bounce, no spin; the World's best bowlers turned into pie-chuckers. The batsmen get themselves out through their own greed. Most matches will be decided on the quality of the fielding." Steady on, old chap!
|36.3||JW Hastings to NT Broom, 1 run, another attempted squirt through backward point.|
Nick: "Can't understand why Broom was sent in before the destructive left handed batting of Anderson." It does seem odd. Maybe he's just better at housekeeping
|36.2||JW Hastings to KS Williamson, 1 run, opens the face to guide a single to third man.|
|36.1||JW Hastings to KS Williamson, 2 runs, banged in short, and an urgent pull. Not timed to perfection, but plugs in the outfield and they turn for the second.|
Edwin D'Souza: "What Bangladesh failed to do yesterday, and what made England's task simpler, was not to take 100+ off the last 10 overs when there were wickets in hand....those extra 20 runs were crucial in how England approached the game - hope NZ will learn from that today.." No time like the present to find out ...
|35.6||MA Starc to KS Williamson, 1 run, on the toes, tucked to the leg side.|
Justin: "Regardless of the shot played, can someone please give us "Broom sweeps..." in the commentary!?" Oh go on then
|35.5||MA Starc to NT Broom, 1 run, dabbed into the off side, another hustling single.|
|35.4||MA Starc to KS Williamson, 1 run, opens the face and punches up and over the off side.|
Nilanj: "Aussies would have done very well if they restrict NZ to 300. However, NZ have lot of firepower left. What's the Powerplay situation? Is that also reduced now?" Good question, will try to find out
|35.3||MA Starc to NT Broom, 1 run, full toss, punched to mid-off for a sharp single.|
|35.2||MA Starc to NT Broom, No run, well bowled, round the wicket, angled into the off stump and nipping past the edge.|
|35.1||MA Starc to KS Williamson, 3 runs, brilliant strike, using the pace and opening the face to squeeze a defensive push through third man. Excellent running.|
Kiwikeith: "A rather sweeping statement from Gnasher...." He's bristling at that riposte
|34.6||MC Henriques to NT Broom, No run, once again, picks out short midwicket with an attractive, if unnecessarily classical, clip off the hip. That is a supreme over in any circumstances.|
|34.5||MC Henriques to NT Broom, No run, tapped off the hip, but can't beat the reach of short midwicket.|
|34.4||MC Henriques to NT Broom, No run, hops back and across to defend. Biding his time.|
Bharath Kumar: 121, 206, 101, 99 - last 4 partnerships between Williamson and Taylor in ODIs in England.
|34.3||MC Henriques to KS Williamson, 1 run, nudged down to long on.|
|34.2||MC Henriques to KS Williamson, No run, leaning onto the front foot, attempting to push into the covers.|
|34.1||MC Henriques to KS Williamson, No run, tight line.|
Neil Broom. "He gives it a long handle," quips Gnasher, to acres of tumbleweed
Gururaj: "I think Kane has definitely picked up his hitting game during the IPL. He played a couple of nice aggressive knocks there in the limited opportunities. So, not all bad with IPL for foreign players!!"
|33.6||JW Hastings to KS Williamson, 1 run, slower ball, very full length, tapped to long-off to complete the over.|
He played a good hand, but couldn't quite keep his shape with the slog overs approaching. Can New Zealand turn that dismissal to a positive now?
|33.5||JW Hastings to LRPL Taylor, OUT, No run, there's the wicket! A cross-seam delivery, pace off the ball, Taylor climbs into an ambitious yahoo, but that is a spiralling top-edge, easily pocketed in the covers.|
prabhuling: "Ok. Time for Taylor to go hammer and tongs." His skipper is doing that, still some sense in biding his time...
|33.4||JW Hastings to LRPL Taylor, No run, tight line, good length, punched to short cover.|
|33.3||JW Hastings to KS Williamson, 1 run, very good slower ball. Williamson has to wait and wait, and miscues a pull to mid-on.|
|33.2||JW Hastings to KS Williamson, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, now then, now then! The pedal is heading for the metal, as Williamson plonks his front foot down the track, and launches his arms across the line of the ball. Dumped dismissively over midwicket, and this is an ominous over.|
|33.1||JW Hastings to KS Williamson, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, too short, too wide, and too easy to put this one away. Up and over backward point.|
Vikas: "The Kiwis are doing pretty good here.. I don't see why one would criticize Taylor and Williamson here! This is a 50 over game afterall" What he said. Judge them if they fail to kick on in the final ten, but right now they are cooking nicely
|32.6||MA Starc to LRPL Taylor, No run, struck on the toe, but Starc's angle is always taking it down. Throaty appeal though.|
|32.5||MA Starc to LRPL Taylor, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, very wide on the crease from round the wicket, but that just encouraged Taylor to work with the angle and flick a beautifully timed on-drive to the wide mid-on rope. A valiant chase, but Hazlewood can't intercept without tumbling into the rope himself.|
|32.4||MA Starc to LRPL Taylor, No run, width, slapped to Maxwell at point.|
|32.3||MA Starc to KS Williamson, LEG BYES, 1 run, angling into the pads, an eager attempt to fillet a four through fine leg, but once again, can't quite time it.|
Steve Wood: "That's the second time the verb "to augur" has come up in today's commentary, Miller; is it the word of the day?" It would appear so. 'Tis the mot juste
|32.2||MA Starc to KS Williamson, No run, tight line and length, solid defence.|
|32.1||MA Starc to LRPL Taylor, 1 run, tapped into the off side, a quick single to bring up the 200.|
Check out how Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali celebrated England's win. Don't worry, Buttler didn't lose his towel this time.
|31.6||JW Hastings to KS Williamson, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, there's the big shot! The big finish to the over that New Zealand needed. Steps across to outside off stump, meets a wide delivery with a fast and full-faced bat, and deposits a drive over long-off.|
Mudit: "People get far too impatient these days. A few quiet overs and there is a fear the NZ are throwing this away. Got to appreciate the grit being shown and get excited for the big shots that are imminent." Agreed. Hang in there!
|31.5||JW Hastings to KS Williamson, No run, leaning onto the front foot with a drive to mid-off.|
|31.4||JW Hastings to KS Williamson, No run, down onto one knee, attempting a paddle-sweep, once again Hastings' lack of pace makes the timing hard to pull off.|
|31.3||JW Hastings to LRPL Taylor, 1 run, tapped to third man.|
|31.2||JW Hastings to KS Williamson, 1 run, a bit of a dirty slower ball, very wide of off stump, but Warner's enthusiastic shy from mid-on gifts an overthrow. Fair effort, Williamson was a long way down.|
Sam500: "Loving the big dogs turning up for their teams already in this tournament. Tamim, Root now Williamson. Big innings from Smith later?" very fair point. All augurs well for a cracking tournament
|31.1||JW Hastings to LRPL Taylor, 1 run, nudged into the gap.|
|30.6||MC Henriques to KS Williamson, No run, short ball, but a slower ball. Williamson goes for the big wind-up, but can't connect properly through midwicket.|
|30.5||MC Henriques to LRPL Taylor, 1 run, punched up to mid-on, was aiming a touch straighter, but another single to the cause.|
|30.4||MC Henriques to LRPL Taylor, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, flipped off the toes, that's sublime timing. Made the angle by skipping across the stumps and flinging his powerful wrists across the line.|
|30.3||MC Henriques to KS Williamson, 1 run, gives himself room on the leg-side, Henriques follows him, and they settle for a single to mid-on.|
|30.2||MC Henriques to KS Williamson, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, short again, and launched handsomely over cow corner with a lovely lean-back-and-slap-it pull. Beautiful echo of willow around the ground.|
|30.1||MC Henriques to KS Williamson, 2 runs, banged in short and hauled aggressively out to deep backward square. Good sliding stop to cut off the boundary.|
odrivel: "I think that these two have lost the plot somewhat. The run-rate was well over 7 when they came together and now it`s barely above 6. Time to get a move on I`d say!" Still a third of the innings to come. The gear shift is imminent I'm sure
|29.6||PJ Cummins to KS Williamson, 1 run, wide of the off stump, nurdled to third man.|
|29.5||PJ Cummins to KS Williamson, No run, outside off, jabbed to backward point. This spell is distinctly better than Cummins' first.|
|29.4||PJ Cummins to KS Williamson, No run, nudged into the cordon, staying leg-side of the ball.|
Z: "How do you mean D/L still needs to be taken into account? Will NZ score be adjusted?" It won't be a major readjustment, but the interruption slowed NZ's progress, so they will be given a few more runs to defend
|29.3||PJ Cummins to LRPL Taylor, 1 run, chopped out to third man.|
|29.2||PJ Cummins to LRPL Taylor, No run, short and sharp, Taylor is a bit miffed that that wasn't called a wide.|
Mike: "So taking the old "double at 30 overs" rule-of-thumb, and allowing for 46 not 50, NZ still on for 350. Could be fun watching the chase....."
|29.1||PJ Cummins to LRPL Taylor, No run, a strangulated appeal as Cummins raps the pad from wide on the crease. Always angling down. And an inside-edge too. Dot ball though.|
A hint of rain is in the air again, but for now they keep on going
|28.6||MC Henriques to KS Williamson, No run, gives himself room but can't quite ease it through the covers.|
|28.5||MC Henriques to KS Williamson, No run, on the back foot, angled to midwicket.|
|28.4||MC Henriques to LRPL Taylor, 1 run, tighter to leg stump, can't quite get a flick away.|
|28.3||MC Henriques to LRPL Taylor, No run, wafted into the covers.|
Shahban: "They need to start tonking NOW. Its a 46 over game and this is modern day cricket. 300 just isn't enough anymore...." True, although the D/L adjustment needs to be taken into account. Plus, Ronchi's already done some pre-meditated tonking. Lots of power to come
|28.2||MC Henriques to LRPL Taylor, No run, much better line and length, tapped back down the track.|
|28.1||MC Henriques to KS Williamson, 1 run, fifty for Williamson, and he reaches it with a languid pull to a very short, stiff and loose leg-side long-hop.|
Cheers Shashank. A bright start from the Kiwis
Ronchi's turbocharge has allowed Taylor and Williamson to play themselves in. Remains to be seen at what point they decide to start tonking. Time for drinks. Time for change in controls as well. Here's Miller
|27.6||PJ Cummins to LRPL Taylor, No run, slips in a superb yorker, Taylor does well to jam his bat down in time to keep that out.|
|27.5||PJ Cummins to LRPL Taylor, No run, shows the full face of the bat to drive this back to Cummins on his followthrough.|
|27.4||PJ Cummins to LRPL Taylor, No run, great work by Maxwell. Stays nice and low to take it on the half-volley at point. Wild slash from Taylor.|
|27.3||PJ Cummins to KS Williamson, 1 run, cleverly done, runs it down to third man. Just past the wide slip.|
|27.2||PJ Cummins to KS Williamson, No run, squeezes a full delivery on off stump to cover.|
|27.1||PJ Cummins to LRPL Taylor, 1 run, inside edge to midwicket. Looked to force this through cover.|
Henriques is out of the attack. Cummins back in. Very expensive so far, here's an opportunity to redeem himself
|26.6||TM Head to KS Williamson, No run, beaten by one that slides across. Touch short, but this one fizzed through.|
|26.5||TM Head to KS Williamson, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, quality stroke! Slips this full, Williamson is waiting for it as he gets down on one knee and smokes this into the deep midwicket boundary.|
|26.4||TM Head to LRPL Taylor, 1 run, slow turn on middle and leg, wrists this behind square for an easy single.|
|26.3||TM Head to KS Williamson, 1 run, whips a shortish delivery on middle and leg to deep midwicket.|
|26.2||TM Head to KS Williamson, No run, driven inside-out but straight to cover.|
|26.1||TM Head to KS Williamson, No run, steps out but can't get to the pitch of the ball, tucked to short midwicket.|
|25.6||MC Henriques to LRPL Taylor, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, short-arm jab, and wow. He's bisected deep square and fine leg. Banged in short, looked like Taylor got into a tangle but he still managed to generate enough power..|
|25.5||MC Henriques to KS Williamson, 1 run, crashes the short ball to Starc at deep point.|
|25.4||MC Henriques to LRPL Taylor, 1 run, mistimes a drive down to mid-on. Looked to hit it straight back past the bowler.|
|25.3||MC Henriques to KS Williamson, LEG BYES, 1 run, too far across this time in his attempt to tuck that one, ball deflects off the thigh pad to the leg side as they scamper through.|
|25.2||MC Henriques to LRPL Taylor, 1 run, slips this down leg, flicked to Starc at deep square leg.|
|25.1||MC Henriques to LRPL Taylor, No run, floats one at length on middle Taylor turns it to midwicket. Once again slightly overbalanced..|
|24.6||TM Head to LRPL Taylor, 1 run, steps out and bunts one to long-on as they jog the single.|
|24.5||TM Head to KS Williamson, 1 run, shortens his length, punched to long-on.|
|24.4||TM Head to KS Williamson, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, bisects deep backward square leg and deep midwicket to perfection. Premeditated slog sweep this time, picked the bones out of that one.|
|24.3||TM Head to KS Williamson, No run, slider across the stumps from around the stumps, bunted to cover.|
|24.2||TM Head to KS Williamson, No run, makes room to go over cover but this one isn't quite full, dabbed away in the end.|
|24.1||TM Head to LRPL Taylor, 1 run, forces a full delivery down to long-on.|
|23.6||MC Henriques to LRPL Taylor, 1 run, gets on top of the bounce and fends the short ball down to third man.|
|23.5||MC Henriques to KS Williamson, 1 run, uses the width to steer the length ball down to third man.|
|23.4||MC Henriques to LRPL Taylor, 1 run, hops back and across to tuck the length ball to square leg.|
|23.3||MC Henriques to LRPL Taylor, No run, excellent reflexes. Taylor struck that well but Henriques put his left leg out on the followthrough to stop the firm hit.|
|23.2||MC Henriques to LRPL Taylor, No run, right into the blockhole, squeezed to mid-on.|
|23.1||MC Henriques to LRPL Taylor, No run, floats an accurate length ball on middle, defended.|
Moises Henriques now
|22.6||TM Head to KS Williamson, No run, slowed it down nicely, hint of grip, Williamson turns it to short midwicket.|
|22.5||TM Head to KS Williamson, No run, steps out and squeezes the full delivery back to the bowler. Looked to ease it past cover.|
|22.4||TM Head to KS Williamson, No run, lunges forward and blocks.|
|22.3||TM Head to KS Williamson, 2 runs, Hastings dives over the ball at short third man to give away two runs when there was none. Sydney harbour bridge .|
|22.2||TM Head to KS Williamson, No run, makes room and drives inside-out to the man at the edge of the ring at cover.|
|22.1||TM Head to LRPL Taylor, 1 run, steps out, gets to the pitch of the ball and works the full ball down to long-on.|
Akshay: "Love the way NZ have approached this game. Bangladesh yesterday needed an innings like Ronchi at the top to get to 330-350 total which could have been more challenging for Eng"
|21.6||JR Hazlewood to KS Williamson, 2 runs, walks across the stumps and whips the incoming length delivery towards deep fine leg.|
|21.5||JR Hazlewood to KS Williamson, No run, bat close to the pad as he dabs the length ball to the man coming in from cover.|
|21.4||JR Hazlewood to KS Williamson, No run, digs in a short ball on middle and leg, Williamson ducks under it.|
|21.3||JR Hazlewood to KS Williamson, No run, much closer to the stumps at length, rolled his fingers over the ball this time, bunted back down the pitch.|
|21.2||JR Hazlewood to LRPL Taylor, 1 run, works an incoming length ball to midwicket.|
|21.1||JR Hazlewood to LRPL Taylor, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, opened his wrists late to guide the ball behind point. Superbly done. Hint of width, he waited and then guided it past the diving third man fielder.|
|20.6||TM Head to LRPL Taylor, 1 run, gets a long way forward and works it down to long-on as he jogs the single.|
|20.5||TM Head to KS Williamson, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg, Williamson looks to flick but ends up toe-ending it down to fine leg.|
|20.4||TM Head to KS Williamson, No run, whipped to Starc, who does well at square leg.|
|20.3||TM Head to LRPL Taylor, 1 run, paddled away to fine leg. This was fired on middle and leg from wide of the crease.|
|20.2||TM Head to LRPL Taylor, No run, lunges forward and turns a full one from middle to short midwicket.|
|20.1||TM Head to KS Williamson, 1 run, worked with the spin to long-on.|
Travis Head with his offspin from around the stumps. So they've begun with the fifth-bowler quota
|19.6||JR Hazlewood to LRPL Taylor, No run, extra bounce this time, Taylor looks to ride it and play it over point but is beaten by the zip. Wade collects it in front of his face.|
|19.5||JR Hazlewood to LRPL Taylor, No run, solidly defends the length ball on off stump to short cover.|
|19.4||JR Hazlewood to LRPL Taylor, No run, hops back and across to defend the short of length ball back down the pitch.|
|19.3||JR Hazlewood to LRPL Taylor, No run, not there for the cut. Slashes and misses. Ball shaved past the inside edge. Didn't have the room either.|
|19.2||JR Hazlewood to LRPL Taylor, No run, gets a giant stride in as he bunts that away to point.|
|19.1||JR Hazlewood to KS Williamson, 1 run, works a length ball form middle and off to midwicket.|
|18.6||MA Starc to LRPL Taylor, No run, peach! Drew Taylor forward with the length. Played inside the line of the delivery that whizzed past.|
|18.6||MA Starc to LRPL Taylor, WIDE, 1 run, ill-directed delivery. Looks for the yorker, but the ball perhaps slipped down leg. Good work by Wade to effect a diving stop.|
|18.5||MA Starc to LRPL Taylor, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, this time he gets it up and over Maxwell at point. Too much width and he climbed onto it in a jiffy, one bounce to the point boundary.|
|18.4||MA Starc to LRPL Taylor, No run, gets on top of the bounce and cuts but straight to Maxwell at backward point. Lucky to get away. A meter on either side and it was four .|
|18.3||MA Starc to KS Williamson, 1 run, slips one in full on middle, searching for some inswing but there is none here, squeezed to mid-on.|
|18.2||MA Starc to KS Williamson, No run, plays the away-going length delivery with bat close to the pad.|
|18.1||MA Starc to LRPL Taylor, 1 run, crunches a full, away-going delivery to Finch at deep cover.|
|17.6||JW Hastings to LRPL Taylor, 1 run, gets forward and well outside the line of the stumps as he drives to sweeper cover.|
|17.5||JW Hastings to KS Williamson, 1 run, delicate little dab down to third man.|
|17.4||JW Hastings to KS Williamson, No run, cuts but doesn't get enough power behind it as he was cramped for room, straight to Maxwell.|
|17.3||JW Hastings to LRPL Taylor, 1 run, uppish but safe. Looks to play a square drive, slices this down to third man instead.|
|17.2||JW Hastings to LRPL Taylor, No run, angles a length ball on middle, Taylor slightly overbalanced as he defends.|
|17.1||JW Hastings to LRPL Taylor, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, as gorgeous as they come! Overpitched and Taylor was waiting. Leant forward and walloped that into the cover boundary.|
|16.6||MA Starc to LRPL Taylor, 1 run, nurdled towards the man coming in from deep square.|
|16.5||MA Starc to LRPL Taylor, No run, feeble push away from the body. Gets an inside edge onto the pad. Wafted at that.|
|16.4||MA Starc to LRPL Taylor, No run, solid punch from the crease to cover.|
|16.3||MA Starc to LRPL Taylor, No run, floats it fuller, gets this to jag away off the deck, left alone. Trying to create the angle and have Taylor nicking perhaps.|
|16.2||MA Starc to LRPL Taylor, No run, defends from the crease this time, and solidly at that.|
|16.1||MA Starc to KS Williamson, 1 run, quality stroke. Hops back and punches the away-going length ball to sweeper cover.|
Starc is back
|15.6||JW Hastings to LRPL Taylor, No run, too close for the cut, that's exactly what Taylor tries to do. Beaten.|
|15.5||JW Hastings to LRPL Taylor, No run, gets forward and outside the line of the stumps as he defends.|
|15.4||JW Hastings to L Ronchi, OUT, No run, picks the bones out of that but picks out Maxwell at point. The party is over. The ball deviates a wee bit from length, it seemed as if Ronchi wanted to hit it to the right of point, but ended up slicing it instead because of the minute deviation off the deck. Relief for Australia.|
|15.3||JW Hastings to KS Williamson, 1 run, hint of width, steered to third man. Sensible from Williamson.|
|15.2||JW Hastings to L Ronchi, 1 run, thumped on the up to sweeper cover.|
|15.1||JW Hastings to KS Williamson, 1 run, opens the bat face deliberately to run it down to third man.|
Slip in place for Ross Taylor
|14.6||PJ Cummins to L Ronchi, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, stunning batting! Length on off, this time, Ronchi decides to go downtown, lofted through the line. Not much of a followthrough but it sails over the ropes.|
|14.5||PJ Cummins to L Ronchi, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, cross-court forehand. 15-0, sir. Wimbledon is still a while away, can someone give Ronchi a wildcard, please? This is short on middle, Ronchi moves leg side and then flat-bats this down the ground. Too much muscle as he clears the infield comfortably..|
|14.4||PJ Cummins to L Ronchi, No run, Dropped. Oh, dear. Starc has made a right royal mess at mid-on. Ronchi looks to slap this one away but didn't hit it as well as he would've liked. Starc was on the move as it came towards him. Should have taken that.|
|14.3||PJ Cummins to L Ronchi, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, crashed! Makes room to free his arms and slaps the length ball between cover and mid-off. No one moved.|
|14.2||PJ Cummins to L Ronchi, No run, sways out of the way of that short ball. Pacy one at 145 clicks.|
|14.1||PJ Cummins to KS Williamson, LEG BYES, 1 run, floats one full on the stumps from wide of the crease, he looks to flick but gets an inside edge down to fine leg.|
|13.6||JW Hastings to L Ronchi, No run, full on the stumps from wide of the crease, squeezed back to the bowler.|
|13.5||JW Hastings to L Ronchi, No run, punched to the off side.|
|13.4||JW Hastings to L Ronchi, No run, looks to flat-bat the short of length ball through cover, gets a thick inside edge that rolls back to the bowler.|
|13.3||JW Hastings to L Ronchi, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, wrong choice of stroke but gets away. A touch full, Ronchi looks to slash over point, gets a thick edge that flies into the third man boundary. Half-century for the opener. .|
|13.2||JW Hastings to L Ronchi, No run, change in pace. Leg-cutter on off stump, Ronchi looks to hit through the line over cover but played too early. Beaten.|
|13.1||JW Hastings to KS Williamson, 1 run, That's the region Williamson plays this through. Looks to cut, gets a thick edge down to third man.|
Slips are out.
|12.6||PJ Cummins to KS Williamson, 1 run, turns the incoming short delivery towards mid-on again.|
|12.5||PJ Cummins to L Ronchi, 1 run, works the short delivery from off stump to mid-on for a quick single. Fielder late to react.|
|12.4||PJ Cummins to L Ronchi, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, hops across and gloves an attempted pull over Wade's outstretched hands. Fifty partnership us as well. Cummins can only afford a wry smile.|
|12.3||PJ Cummins to L Ronchi, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, wow, what improvisation! Makes room - gives away his intention nice and early. Cummins looks to follow him but there's some room which Ronchi uses to slash it away over third man..|
|12.2||PJ Cummins to KS Williamson, 1 run, hops back and runs the short of length delivery down to third man.|
|12.1||PJ Cummins to KS Williamson, No run, driven firmly but straight to the cover fielder.|
Hope for fans around Edgbaston for Sunday. "About 19,000 tickets sold for this game, btw. not confirmed yet, but that's rough figure, Dobell says. "Not bad, i reckon. Oh and people might be excited to hear... a few tickets have been returned by sponsors for India v Pakistan. Only 30 or 40. And I expect they've gone already. but maybe people should keep trying."
|11.6||JW Hastings to L Ronchi, No run, stunning stop by Henriques. Hit firmly on the up, he moved swiftly a couple of steps to his left and then bent low to pull off a one-handed stop. Saved four runs .|
|11.5||JW Hastings to KS Williamson, 1 run, slides a length ball down leg, tickled to fine lef.|
|11.4||JW Hastings to L Ronchi, 1 run, walloped down the ground to long-off. Short, he shaped to pull initially but ended up flat-batting it.|
|11.3||JW Hastings to L Ronchi, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, strong wrists. Fetches the whip from outside off, deliberately plays it behind square on the leg side. Fast enough even on this slow outfield. Starc with a desperate dive but it wasn't enough.|
|11.2||JW Hastings to KS Williamson, 1 run, gets across and knocks the length ball to the vacant midwicket region.|
|11.1||JW Hastings to KS Williamson, No run, angles a full delivery on off stump from wide of the crease, Williamson is half-forward as he defends.|
Mid-off drops back to the boundary
|10.6||PJ Cummins to L Ronchi, No run, gets into a tangle. Wasn't sure to flick or pull, went through with an attempted whip in the end, on the bounce to the keeper off the glove.|
|10.5||PJ Cummins to L Ronchi, No run, hops back and bunts the short of length delivery to point.|
|10.4||PJ Cummins to L Ronchi, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, floated full on middle, Ronchi lofts this cleanly over the bowler's head. Stand and deliver. Not much of a followthrough but enough punch in the stroke.|
|10.3||PJ Cummins to L Ronchi, No run, pacy bouncer outside off, Ronchi ducks under that without a hassle. Touch too high, I thought. Lucky to get away.|
|10.2||PJ Cummins to KS Williamson, 1 run, steers the length ball to third man.|
|10.1||PJ Cummins to L Ronchi, 1 run, tucks the incoming short ball to the leg side for a quick single.|
Ah, well. More stoppages. A huge white cover was placed right in front of the sightscreen as Cummins was running in. New Zealand reserves help push that away. Back again
|9.6||JW Hastings to L Ronchi, 1 run, sliding stop by Maxwell at point. The wet outfield leaves plenty of patches on the grass thanks to the dive.|
|9.5||JW Hastings to L Ronchi, No run, hops back and across to guide the length ball to point.|
|9.4||JW Hastings to L Ronchi, No run, beauty! Great start. Nibbles one around the off stump at length, Ronchi is beaten as he looks to play on the up.|
1.05pm Australia players beginning to make their way out. It's not looking as dark and grey as it did two hours ago. Shades of blue over Edgbaston is an encouraging sign as we're set to resume. Change in playing regulations: One bowler can bowl 10 overs, four can bowl nine. We're done with the mandatory powerplay as well.
Shrey: "What prevented them from starting their lunch by 12.40pm so that they could finish by 1.10pm and then play uninterrupted. " Ah, well. The rigidity I tell you. Let's not get started on that
12.53pm Resumption at 1.10pm should there be no more rain, informs George Dobell. Match reduced to 46 overs per side. Lunch break has been reduced to 30 minutes
avnish anshu: "@George: Not sure if conducting an international tournament in the middle of a drought in a country is such a good idea. The water consumption would be too high and near wastage on something as frivolous as sports. It is better you save it for yourself and your family then..." Ah, well. George may have just said it in jest. But anyway, that's a logical answer. Not sure too many people are going to be taking the 'frivolous as sport' bit lightly. Sport is life to many as Anoop has already pointed out.
KT: "@George from Capetown: Hosting a cricket tournament would mean keep the cricket grounds well watered, whether or not they use the water meant for the people, it would cause a huge uproar from many quarters of the society" As was the case in India last year, where IPL games had to be moved out of Mumbai and Pune because of protests
George: "All this talk about rain. In Cape Town the drought is so bad, last night we were all told to start storing bottles of water for an emergency and the inevitable interruptions in supply... This sucks. At least they could have held the tournament here. No delays!"
Prasanna: "The weather forecast for the next 10 days at this venue is looking bad. So basically 6 teams out of the eight, except Bangladesh and Sri Lanka playing at this venue can potentially get 1 point each. So the fight for the top 4 spots is going to be even more intense. "
12.43pm Covers coming off again! Yay again. Now for us to wait till the ground is fit to play.
12.41pm RG: "Why not call an early lunch at 12:30 and not wait till 1?" That would be far too sensible, RG. Besides, they do need time to cook it!
Ashoke: "I am quite sure that raingod is a sadist." Of this there is no doubt
12.40pm shiva pillai: "The irony. I am sitting in my office at Brindleyplace, about 2 miles from the venue and it has stopped raining here. Looks gloomy but no dark clouds hovering. Reckon the wait shouldn't be too long." It doesn't seem to be raining at the ground right now. It's just dank, with a lot of mopping-up to come.
Farhan Mumtaz: "Hi Andrew, Could you plz tell me why ICC setup a tournament in England where I never see any tournament without interrupted by rain. Why ICC do this?" Because they are mean and horrid, Farhan
12.32pm Oh no, it's raining again. And we start losing overs precisely now. George anticipates an early lunch being called at 1. This is frustrating.
Shahban: "Now look what have you done, just read that brilliant piece on the 92 World Cup and you've got me thinking Pakistan can win the Champions Trophy!" Anything can happen in this tournament. Pakistan could even beat India!
12.27pm The rain has stopped, the covers are coming off. Yay! Dobell has had his abacus and stop-watch out."We lose overs after 75 mins, it's been 68 now. So i'll think we'll lose a few." Boo. Chop chop!
12.25pm senthil: "Just curious, what happens if a teams all three games are washed off. Do they still get a chance to be ousted from the tournament? I am bad at math". Ooh, I like a good poser. Well, they would finish with three points and a net run-rate of 0. The most anyone in the group could then get is 5 points ... the least anyone could get is 1. And the other team would therefore also have 3 points. So, yes, they'd have a chance, on NRR ... I think.
12.15pm Well, this is getting tedious.
Rohan: "What season it is in England officially ... cause if it is rainy ..why bother keeping CT" It's England. It's always rainy season over here! It's just a bit less cold in June than January
Joshua Collins: "When do we start losing overs?" It's a good question, our playing-conditions interpreters are on the case. Will let you know asap
11.51am It's still covers-on at Edgbaston, but according to the Sage of Harborne, George Dobell, it is getting brighter. But then he would say that, wouldn't he? "The rain comes from my house," he adds, confirming his God-like status in the Midlands. "Or that direction, anyway. And it's not raining there any more."
Taseer: "Are there reserve days for all the games in CT17?" I believe it is only the final that has that honour, but seeing as they almost ended up having to share the trophy on this ground four years ago, that is a distinct improvement.
Tariq Zishaan: "and the best jersies for all teams was in the 1999 world cup." A very strong shout, for sure. Though my rose-tinted memory can't look far beyond 1992. I mean, just look at them all, lined up in front of Sydney Harbour Bridge (oh, and read the article, by all means!)
11.42am While we wait for the rain to pass, here's something to pass the time. Which is your favourite Australia jersey? There are five we like: The green, the gold, the great
11.36am Umpires are out with umbrellas. 60 percent of the ground has been covered. Grey and overcast. While you wait, here's something to dig into: Dan Brettig brings us up to speed with the latest chapter in the CA-ACA pay negotiations battle.
Rain stopped play: Humbug. On comes the hover-cover, nothing much in the air, so hopefully a brief delay. Here's the rain radar...looks a fairly thin band of damp stuff Let's hope, at any rate, it's not going to be a repeat of the same fixture at the same ground in the same tournament four years ago ... In other news, this is already Ronchi's highest score in seven ODIs against Australia, which augurs well
Rain stopped play: Humbug. On comes the hover-cover, nothing much in the air, so hopefully a brief delay. Here's the rain radar...looks a fairly thin band of damp stuff
Let's hope, at any rate, it's not going to be a repeat of the same fixture at the same ground in the same tournament four years ago ...
In other news, this is already Ronchi's highest score in seven ODIs against Australia, which augurs well
|9.3||JW Hastings to L Ronchi, No run, leaning onto the front foot, pushed back to the bowler.|
A little bit of light drizzle in the air now
|9.2||JW Hastings to KS Williamson, 1 run, attacking line into the pads from wide on the crease, dabbed to leg.|
|9.1||JW Hastings to KS Williamson, No run, good wheels, tight line.|
John Hastings into the attack
|8.6||PJ Cummins to KS Williamson, 1 run, huge let-off! How was this not a run-out? Ronchi had given up the ghost, both men stranded in mid-pitch, but the shy from mid-on missed initially, and Wade's sliding attempt to remove the bails was off-target. By the time his shoulder flicked the stumps, the bat was inches into the crease!.|
|8.5||PJ Cummins to KS Williamson, No run, defended back down the pitch.|
|8.4||PJ Cummins to KS Williamson, No run, banged in short and straight, met on the back foot with a slight hop into line.|
|8.3||PJ Cummins to KS Williamson, No run, up on the toes, dabbed to the off side.|
|8.2||PJ Cummins to L Ronchi, 1 run, tapped into the gap.|
|8.1||PJ Cummins to L Ronchi, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, extraordinary strike. Ronchi gave himself room, Cummins seemed to have followed him, but the shot was too good, right under the ball and launching it high and handsome over the off side. Fine take in the stands too.|
|7.6||JR Hazlewood to KS Williamson, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, banged in short, and utterly leathered through square leg. That's an emphatic finish to the over.|
|7.5||JR Hazlewood to KS Williamson, No run, good lift through to the keeper.|
|7.4||JR Hazlewood to KS Williamson, 2 runs, nudged into the leg side.|
|7.3||JR Hazlewood to KS Williamson, No run, defended on the back foot, to short midwicket.|
|7.2||JR Hazlewood to KS Williamson, No run, onto the front foot, good strike, but cut off at point.|
|7.1||JR Hazlewood to KS Williamson, No run, outside off, lifting delivery, dabbed into the off side.|
Timbo: "Hey, let's have no Henriques bashing. The guy averages 6.57 with the bat and 40.83 with the ball. How could you leave him out?"
|6.6||PJ Cummins to L Ronchi, No run, rising onto the toes, some extra bounce to contend with.|
|6.5||PJ Cummins to L Ronchi, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, good timing once again, flipped leg-side to pick off another well-placed boundary, through midwicket.|
Amir Saifi: "Wish Kiwis would have started in similar manner in WC final.." Indeed. What might have been if they'd allow themselves to settle in that game. Still, that wasn't BMac's gameplan, Gawd bless him
|6.4||PJ Cummins to KS Williamson, 1 run, tapped to short midwicket and a good quick call.|
|6.3||PJ Cummins to KS Williamson, 2 runs, tickled leg-side.|
|6.2||PJ Cummins to KS Williamson, No run, through to the keeper.|
Aashish Calla: "Some hard-to-digest team selections today from both sides - No Zampa/Stoinis/Lynn for Aus and selected Moises and Hastings; for NZ, no Jeetan Patel despite the presence of Warner, Head and Wade in the Aus team, and selecting 5 pacers!" The lack of spin is especially baffling to me. Perhaps they just think it's going to be another Auckland ding-dong like their last group-stage meeting
|6.1||PJ Cummins to KS Williamson, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, opens the face and clubs it through the covers. Shot.|
|5.6||JR Hazlewood to KS Williamson, 1 run, tucked into the leg side.|
Hector: "I agree with Andrew.... so far no comment on the stupid selection of Henriques instead of Stoinis, Lynn or Pattinson all of whom bat better and bowl better!" I'll leave this hanging here...
|5.5||JR Hazlewood to KS Williamson, No run, pushed onto the back foot, defended in front of the stumps.|
|5.4||JR Hazlewood to MJ Guptill, OUT, No run, there's the breakthrough! A bit of seam movement and extra bounce. Chose the wrong ball to flick through leg, and took a leading edge straight to point. A fine innings cut short by the wrong shot at the wrong time.|
|5.3||JR Hazlewood to L Ronchi, 1 run, opens the face to steer a back-cut through third man.|
Apparently there's a band of rain sweeping in from the west. Not here yet, but watch this space
|5.2||JR Hazlewood to L Ronchi, No run, down the track, Hazlewood sees him coming and drops it short. Tries to deflect over the cordon but can't connect.|
|5.1||JR Hazlewood to MJ Guptill, 1 run, angled defence into the leg side.|
Jared: "So all the "What if the ball swings?" conjecture can be thrown out the window?"
It hasn't yet. it might... but on this evidence, you do wonder if the lack of spin could be a mistake
|4.6||MA Starc to MJ Guptill, 1 run, a fraction shorter, patted into the covers.|
|4.5||MA Starc to MJ Guptill, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, too full again from Starc, you can see what he's trying but the ball just isn't swinging, and Guptill is loving this length. Smacks it right under the eyeline, clean down the ground.|
|4.4||MA Starc to MJ Guptill, No run,|
Andrew: "Focus on this game guys. The rest of the world doesn't want to hear about England all night." You don't think it's relevant to the two teams who have yet to face England in Group A?
|4.3||MA Starc to MJ Guptill, No run, speared into the toes, defended up the pitch.|
|4.2||MA Starc to MJ Guptill, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, brilliant strike. Front foot planted, bat belting through the line. Cover had no chance. Still head, urgent hands. He's flying now.|
|4.1||MA Starc to MJ Guptill, No run, tight lines.|
Anwar: "That umpiring decision was so close that I was sweating for Kettleborough in case he had judged it incorrectly!" He nailed it, an old-school call that. I guess sometimes you just know
|3.6||JR Hazlewood to L Ronchi, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, skimming drive, teasing the fingertips of mid-off, who can't intercept. Lots of intent now from New Zealand's openers!.|
Max: "Sir Miller...What about Chris Jordan...He is death over specialist. Outstanding outfielder like Stokes and can hit the ball long. Personally I saw in many matches his line was not okay. He bowls so many wides etc. " Decent shout
|3.5||JR Hazlewood to MJ Guptill, 1 run, more circumspect this time, dabbed back down the pitch for a single.|
|3.4||JR Hazlewood to MJ Guptill, No run, yee-har! Guptill swaps the cricket pitch for the golf course with a full-blooded tee shot, finding nothing but thin air as he's beaten by extra bounce.|
|3.3||JR Hazlewood to MJ Guptill, No run, tight line, through to the keeper.|
|3.2||JR Hazlewood to MJ Guptill, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, that is a tremendous piece of timing! Angled back into the right-hander from wide on the crease, and Guptill met it on the front foot with a full-faced push, eased it past the stumps and just out of the reach of the sprawling fielder at long-on.|
|3.1||JR Hazlewood to L Ronchi, 1 run, back of a length, glided down to third man with an open face.|
|2.6||MA Starc to MJ Guptill, No run, bouncer to finish. Lively times.|
|2.5||MA Starc to L Ronchi, 1 run, tip and run to mid-off, and Warner's shy pings down the stumps! This looked close to the naked eye, but umpire Kettleborough is unconcerned. He's home by an inch! Brave call, or foolhardy? The latter surely..|
|2.4||MA Starc to L Ronchi, No run, low full toss outside off, no contact this time.|
|2.3||MA Starc to L Ronchi, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, chancy! But effective! Opens the face on impact with a loose drive outside off, and the ball skews in the air, clean through the gap in front of point..|
|2.2||MA Starc to L Ronchi, No run, pace and carry through to the keeper. Another swish, but no contact this time.|
Karthik: "Given David Willey is in the squad already and that Rashid will surely play after Jake Ball's horror show yesterday, not sure whether Woakes' replacement will actually get a game" Willey has been a worry in recent games. Not swinging the ball like he used to, and virtually unusable at the death.
|2.1||MA Starc to L Ronchi, No run, solidly onto the front foot, punched to cover.|
|1.6||JR Hazlewood to MJ Guptill, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, battered through the off side, that's a fierce strike, Hazlewood's wide line costs him in the end as Guptill recalibrates and clobbers in one fell sweep.|
|1.5||JR Hazlewood to MJ Guptill, No run, a woolly swish outside off, but there's no reaching that. Not sure how he got away with the wide. Very tight to the tramlines.|
|1.4||JR Hazlewood to MJ Guptill, No run, wider of off stump, a touch of swing, left alone this time.|
|1.3||JR Hazlewood to MJ Guptill, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, on the pads, up and over. That's lovely timing, and strongly dispatched through the leg side. Four from the moment it left the bat.|
|1.2||JR Hazlewood to MJ Guptill, No run, tighter line, through to the keeper.|
dez: "Miller, how about the subject you really want to talk about - who should replace Woakes? TRJ? Tom Curran?" Well indeed. Steven Finn is an option. But as my colleague Ali Martin was advocating yesterday, it's time to break the glass on the emergency world-class option. Stuart Broad
|1.2||JR Hazlewood to MJ Guptill, WIDE, 1 run, off-target, reset the radar.|
|1.1||JR Hazlewood to L Ronchi, 1 run, outside off, chopped through backward point with an open face. Off the toe-end but effective.|
|0.6||MA Starc to MJ Guptill, No run, whistles through to the keeper. Good signs from both sides in that over.|
|0.5||MA Starc to L Ronchi, 1 run, yorker length, dabbed into the covers and a quick call from Ronchi. Guptill wasn't entirely on his toes, but neither was Henriques as he swooped late to gather.|
|0.4||MA Starc to L Ronchi, No run, that's a sharp delivery, lifting into the gloves on an off-stump line. Ronchi reaches forward to smother on the front foot.|
|0.3||MA Starc to MJ Guptill, 3 runs, on the toes, and Guptill clips urgently through the leg side. Not perfectly timed, but a good feel of bat on ball to get his innings underway.|
|0.2||MA Starc to MJ Guptill, No run, outside off, hits the seam and zips away towards the cordon. No stroke offered.|
|0.1||MA Starc to MJ Guptill, No run, very full, very straight, a hint of inswing, Guptill is lined up with a pre-meditated block.|
10.30am Right, we are ready to roll. Mitchell Starc to Martin Guptill. Let's play!
10.24am The teams are lined up for the national anthems. Another bright day in prospect at Edgbaston. And now it's time for a huddle as the Aussies get their heads round the challenge in prospect. This is a tough group, with England laying down a strong marker, with the bat at least, against Bangladesh.
JP: "Wouldn't you love to see the Kiwis do their traditional Hakka?" Not really, but maybe I'm just a curmudgeon!
Great Khali: "No spinners in Either side. Though new zealand plays santner . I predict a century from williamson, smithy & Aus just loosing today making things desperate for them. Trust me I am no less credible than Paul the octopus was. :P"
10.14am Morning all. I'm looking forward to this one. New Zealand fluffed their lines rather chronically last time they faced the Aussies in a 50-over ICC global event. But they got a measure of revenge at the World T20 last year. Where's your money? Mine's still in my back pocket.
musawwir ali: "Morning Miller! I spent mine on popcorn...all I had :(" A wise purchase. I don't expect these two sides to hold back today.
10.10am Righto. Miller's here to take you into the game and perhaps till drinks. See you shortly. While we switch over, here's something for our Indian readers: Have you tried your hand at CricFantasy yet? Play more, win more.
Rohit: "Opting to bat sounds strange - given the freshness of the wicket will help the bowlers and the sun-beating late in the day will help the batters." Williamson's gone with the old formula of 'runs on the board in a big game.'
Kane Williamson has won the toss, New Zealand will bat.
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
"I was probably going to bowl first anyway," says birthday boy Steven Smith. "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." So both captains have got what they wanted.
Pitch report now. "Even cover of grass, it's really hard. Expect the fast bowlers to get a lot of bounce and carry," says Shane Warne. Should be exciting given both sides are pace-heavy.
Naman: "Even though Smith hinted that all four may not play today, don't we all hope to see the full Aussie pace battery bowl in tandem at least once in this tournament, especially today since there is forecast of rain and the ball will probably swing?" Delicious prospect, but unlikely.
Soham: "New Zealand's fascination with Adam Milne,"a real quick bowler" continues. His stats (32 wickets in 34 matches) - pretty ordinary. Plus his inclusion is often at the expense of Matt Henry (61 wickets in 32 matches). Hope that changes."
9.45am Whatever else happens, I'm personally looking forward to watching Australia unleash their four quicks: Starc, Hazlewood, Cummins, Pattinson. Should be exciting, if they do! Remember, Starc is coming back from an injury. Like many a quick before him, he finds life as a fast bowler involves plenty of pain and sprain. Here's a lovely infographic on his many injuries. Australia will be hoping he doesn't add to the list at the Champions Trophy
Dr. Tam: "We saw England missing the presence of the leggie yesterday. Do you think Zampa should fancy playing tonight?" Given it's been overcast, it's possible that they'll in all probability go with Marcus Stoinis if they were to pick between him and Zampa.
New Zealand haven't been able to make the changes they have needed to remain successful since Brendon McCullum's retirement. That hole is still there. The Champions Trophy doesn't really allow for slow starts. How will they cope?
VG: "What's the weather forecast like?" Bright and sunny at the moment.
Those asking about the weather? Well, predictions ain't going to help. A high of 18 degrees, with scattered showers for the record. Talking of numbers, Australia and New Zealand have met in four completed Champions Trophy matches, all of which have been won by Australia - including the final in 2009. Will the tide turn today?
Meanwhile, news trickling in that Chris Woakes will take no further part in the tournament. He was forced off the field after just two overs against Bangladesh yesterday.
9.20am For a couple of months now, the ongoing pay dispute has dominated the Australia cricket pages. The differences between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers' Association have blown over into full public view. It's amid this that Australia begin their quest to become the most-successful side in the tournament's history - they were champions in 2006 and 2009. But today may not be a walk in the park against a New Zealand side that has had enough time to acclimatise. Prior to warm-up games, they stopped over in Ireland for a short tri-series involving Ireland and Bangladesh. A solid chase against Sri Lanka somewhat made up for a cold warm-up opener against India. As such, the trans-tasman rivalry adds that much more to the contest. Let's hope this clash - a repeat of the World Cup final - is a cracker.
Let's move on then. South Africa take on Sri Lanka, possibly without Angelo Mathews, at The Oval on Saturday. Andrew Fidel Fernando sets you up with the preview. And, of course, there will be plenty of build-up to the big India-Pakistan game, also at Edgbaston on Sunday. Let's hope the forecast for that is a lot better. Sad finish then, tonight. I'll leave you with out snapshots page as a parting shot. All the chatter around the tournament right here. See you soon. Cheers!
It's a big sporting week in prospect for Cardiff, who host their first match of the Champions Trophy on Tuesday, when England take on New Zealand. Before then, however, there's the small matter of the UEFA Champions League Final. ESPNFC are already out in force for that event, with full coverage including, for UK viewers, full match highlights.
6.28pm The news we all didn't want to hear: The match has been abandoned just like their 2013 Champions Trophy fixture at the same venue was. Both teams will take home one point each. New Zealand would feel they've been robbed of a win. Australia will savour the 'get out of jail' feeling.
New Zealand's pace riches were there for everyone to see in the nine overs that were possible. A intimidating Australia top-order were brought to their knees. Shots out of desperation resulted in a few boundaries, but they looked like a side under pressure today. The groundwork for the strong total , Josh Hazlewood's six-for notwithstanding, was done by Kane Williamson, who made a sparkling ninth ODI ton. Luke Ronchi, played ahead of Tom Latham, impressed too. All good signs for New Zealand.
6.15pm Looking bleak now. Proper rain. "I fear there's almost no chance of that. No result," says George Dobell. Unlikely we can start by 6.50pm to constitute a 20-overs game. What a pity
Asif: "One can only imagine how desperately fans from India and Pakistan are praying right now." More so those who've travelled all the way from both countries to watch this and I know a few who have.
Rohan: "Hey Shashank, so to resume by 6:48 pm by when should the rain stop for the crew to do the mop up?" Lets say at least 15 minutes
Suhaib: "So it's come down to Trans-Tasman battle of prayers for rain to stop or not to stop till 6:48 pm. What disappointment for the fans and the sport."
Sushil: "Shashank, can't they go on until 2:00 AM like IPL to get the result?" Ha! Don't even remind them of this possibility. Good lord
Kamran: "Sharing points in this game will have huge hit on any chance of Bangladesh going through to the semis." For starters, they have to anyway win their remaining two games to take other results out of the equation. Plus, if that happens, they will go through because the max Australia and New Zealand can get to would be three points.
6.03pm There's just a chance the worst of this will skirt the ground, says George Dobell, who is dangling out of the press-box window clutching a knot of seaweed
Guru: "What happens if there is no more play possible? Do they split points, or is there a reserve day?" No reserve day. They'll share points
17.55pm Doesn't look good at all, if pictures from Edgbaston are anything to go by. Dark, heavy, gloomy, grey. Whatever you want to call it. As things stand, Australia won't really mind the rain. New Zealanders will be left wondering if there's anyway they can squeeze in 11 more overs. As things stand, they're bossing this. We have to start by 6.50pm to have a 20-over game. Target will be 174 if it's down to that.
|8.6||AF Milne to MC Henriques, OUT, No run, the streaky innings has ended. Gets a big, fat inside edge onto the pad as he plays outside the line of the delivery. This one moved back in off the seam as well. Simple catch on the followthrough for Milne. Australia in tatters. The rain arrives as they come together to celebrate. .|
|8.5||AF Milne to MC Henriques, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, edged and it bursts through Ross Taylor's hands at first slip. Bounced well in front of him, could've been stopped nevertheless. Henriques was squared up.|
|8.4||AF Milne to MC Henriques, No run, gets this to jag back in off the deck from length on off, pushed to the leg side.|
|8.3||AF Milne to MC Henriques, No run, plants fully forward to bunt the length ball to cover.|
|8.2||AF Milne to MC Henriques, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, short and angling into the body, Henriques gets on top of the bounce and keeps the pull all along the ground. Stayed right back in the crease, almost as if he was expecting it..|
|8.1||AF Milne to MC Henriques, No run, not much bounce this time. Looks to drive through the line, scoots off the absolute bottom to the keeper.|
Starting to drizzle
Roddy: "Apologies if you've already mentioned this, but how many overs have to be bowled in the Aussie innings for this to be a match?" 20 overs
|7.6||TA Boult to MC Henriques, 1 run, looks to pull, gets it high on the bat, rolls to fine leg.|
|7.5||TA Boult to MC Henriques, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, crunch! This is a short-arm jab to a length ball on middle. Flew off the middle. Made sweet contact. Deep square leg stood no chance even though he wasn't far away.|
|7.4||TA Boult to MC Henriques, No run, beaten as he tries to open the bat face to angle it down to third man.|
|7.3||TA Boult to MC Henriques, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, top-edge, but safe. Looks to fetch it from outside off, gets enough bat on it to clear the keeper. One bounce into the boundary.|
|7.2||TA Boult to MC Henriques, No run, slants a fuller delivery across, left alone.|
|7.1||TA Boult to MC Henriques, No run, slants a back of length delivery across, Henriques solidly behind in defence.|
Next phase of Powerplays
|6.6||AF Milne to SPD Smith, No run, not much power on that drive, tumbling stop at cover.|
|6.5||AF Milne to MC Henriques, 1 run, thick inside-edge, squeezed to square leg. Played outside the line of that length delivery. Feeble.|
|6.4||AF Milne to MC Henriques, No run, play and a miss. Watched this scoot low to the keeper.|
|6.3||AF Milne to AJ Finch, OUT, No run, chipped straight to short midwicket. The extra pace of Milne has done the trick. Length ball at 142kph, comes back in to cramp him for room. Gets it high on the bat as he hops back to whip and Taylor takes a dolly..|
|6.2||AF Milne to AJ Finch, No run, tried to hit this length ball through the line over the bowler's head, but toe-ended it behind the wicket.|
|6.1||AF Milne to AJ Finch, No run, 138kph length ball outside off, punched to Kane at short cover.|
First change. Here's Adam Milne
|5.6||TA Boult to SPD Smith, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, bowls this across at length from wide of the crease, Smith stands tall and punches that between the two cover fielders. Stunning.|
|5.5||TA Boult to SPD Smith, No run, hit high on the thigh pad as he shuffles across to whip that away.|
|5.4||TA Boult to SPD Smith, No run, looks to play a short-arm jab over midwicket, but was in no position. Got into a tangle as the ball kept coming back in to cramp him for room. Beaten. Has played three shots already .|
|5.3||TA Boult to SPD Smith, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, crunching cover drive. Just leant into it and used the hint of width to play through the line. Wow.|
|5.2||TA Boult to SPD Smith, No run, beaten! Looks to flay this over point, there was width alright but he was a tad late on the shot. Zip off the deck again.|
|5.1||TA Boult to DA Warner, OUT, No run, shot brought out of desperation and an escalating asking rate. Warner sashays down the pitch to slap this length ball over point but can only get a big, fat edge through to Luke Ronchi.|
Birthday boy Smith in at No. 3. Two catching midwickets in place
|4.6||TG Southee to AJ Finch, No run, cramped for room, hops back and dabs back to the bowler.|
|4.5||TG Southee to DA Warner, 1 run, drops it gently to short cover for a quick singe. Fielder a touch too deep. Williamson immediately asks him to come in a couple of paces.|
|4.4||TG Southee to DA Warner, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, upper cut, wow! Slapped that over square third man. Shikhar Dhawan plays this very well too. Both feet in the air as he used the angle to give it a whack. Strong hands.|
|4.3||TG Southee to AJ Finch, 1 run, steers one to short third man, quick single taken.|
|4.2||TG Southee to AJ Finch, No run, swing and a miss. Looks to slap this over cover, but played too early..|
All the fielders inside the ring on the off side
|4.1||TG Southee to AJ Finch, No run, sweet timing as he check-drives, but straight to cover point..|
Vivek Chandrase: "Is there any lateral movement under light? New Zealand always perform well in the league. Lets hope for a good one here" Nothing so far. Nothing all tournament
|3.6||TA Boult to DA Warner, No run, excellent leave. Touch fuller outside off, no swing whatsoever though.|
|3.5||TA Boult to AJ Finch, 1 run, back of length outside off, forces it to mid-off and scampers a run. Santner doesn't pick up cleanly as he hares in to prevent the run.|
|3.4||TA Boult to DA Warner, 1 run, length on middle and leg, tucked to deep square leg.|
|3.3||TA Boult to AJ Finch, 1 run, thick inside edge but a stunning stop by Corey Anderson at short fine leg. Looked to heave this to the leg side.|
|3.2||TA Boult to AJ Finch, 2 runs, drags an attempted loft over the bowler's head towards wide long-on. Santner runs in from mid-on to pull it back. The bat face turned in his hand as he made contact with the length ball.|
|3.1||TA Boult to AJ Finch, No run, looks to slap this incoming length ball on middle but is beaten by the zip off the deck. Was deep inside the crease to execute that shot this time.|
New Zealand wouldn't be too unhappy with this start but wickets is what they should be looking upfront. Australia have enough firepower to catch up with the asking rate. Meanwhile, Trent Boult will bowl from around the stumps
|2.6||TG Southee to AJ Finch, 1 run, tucks him up with the angle from wide of the crease, bunted down the ground as they jog the single.|
|2.5||TG Southee to AJ Finch, No run, much fuller on off stump from wide of the crease, Finch hops back and punches. Could've pressed forward again.|
|2.4||TG Southee to AJ Finch, No run, short of length outside off, he stands tall and punches it to cover.|
|2.3||TG Southee to AJ Finch, No run, looked to hook that out of the stadium, but played too early and missed. Task made tougher by the fact that he had to fetch it from outside off.|
|2.2||TG Southee to DA Warner, 1 run, back of length on middle and leg, turned behind square.|
|2.1||TG Southee to AJ Finch, LEG BYES, 1 run, struck on the thigh pad as he looks to whip the length ball on leg, they scamper a leg bye off the deflection.|
Second slip comes to short cover
|1.6||TA Boult to AJ Finch, 1 run, sensible. Drops it gently towards short cover and scampers a run. Santner has a shy at the bowler's end, may have been close had he hit.|
|1.5||TA Boult to DA Warner, 1 run, leading edge but into the gap between cover and point. Extra bounce from length on middle.|
|1.4||TA Boult to DA Warner, No run, shows the full face of the bat in defence.|
|1.3||TA Boult to DA Warner, No run, skids back in from length to cramp Warner for room, defended to short leg.|
|1.2||TA Boult to DA Warner, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, full and sliding into the pads, tickled to the fine leg boundary. Too easy, like picking apples in the backyard..|
|1.1||TA Boult to DA Warner, No run, sharp bouncer which Warner looks to fetch from outside off, gets a thick inside edge onto the body. Guptill swoops in from point to cleanly pick up the deflection and prevent the single.|
Trent Boult from the other end
|0.6||TG Southee to DA Warner, 1 run, punches a length ball to mid-off and scampers a quick single.|
|0.5||TG Southee to DA Warner, No run, digs one in short on leg stump, Warner looks to take him on but is beaten by the pace. Wasn't far from the glove. Stifled appeal but a very optimistic one. Southee gets away with one.|
|0.4||TG Southee to DA Warner, No run, plays back to a delivery he could've been well forward. No harm done as he defends.|
|0.3||TG Southee to AJ Finch, 1 run, length on middle and leg, whipped to deep square leg.|
|0.2||TG Southee to DA Warner, 3 runs, pitched up on the pads and Warner flicks this into the gap between midwicket and mid-on. The outfield has slowed down significantly, would've been a boundary otherwise.|
|0.1||TG Southee to DA Warner, No run, angles a full-length delivery across Warner, who lets it go.|
5.10pm Players milling around the boundary. Conditions significantly brighter than when we went off. It's still grey though. This chase is in Australia's territory, you'd still think, but should the ball suddenly buzz around because of moisture, Boult and Southee will be more than just a handful.
Southee with the first over. Just one slip in place
|MJ Guptill||C GJ Maxwell B JR Hazlewood||26||27||22||5||0||118.18|
|L Ronchi||C GJ Maxwell B JW Hastings||65||72||43||9||3||151.16|
|KS Williamson||Run out MC Henriques,PJ Cummins||100||148||97||8||3||103.09|
|LRPL Taylor||C MC Henriques B JW Hastings||46||76||58||6||0||79.31|
|NT Broom||C GJ Maxwell B JR Hazlewood||14||33||19||1||0||73.68|
|JDS Neesham||C DA Warner B JR Hazlewood||6||178||10||0||0||60|
|CJ Anderson||C MC Henriques B PJ Cummins||8||17||5||0||1||160|
|MJ Santner||C SPD Smith B JR Hazlewood||8||11||7||1||0||114.29|
|AF Milne||C GJ Maxwell B JR Hazlewood||11||3||7||2||0||157.14|
|TG Southee||not out||0||3||0||0||0||-|
|TA Boult||C MS Wade B JR Hazlewood||0||2||0||0||-|
|DA Warner||C L Ronchi B TA Boult||18||21||16||1||1||112.5|
|AJ Finch||C LRPL Taylor B AF Milne||8||29||18||0||0||44.44|
|SPD Smith||not out||8||18||6||2||0||133.33|
|MC Henriques||C AF Milne B AF Milne||18||12||14||4||0||128.57|