Champions Trophy: Rain rescues Australia against New Zealand

Published: 05:42 GMT, Jun 3, 2017 |

Rain came to the rescue for Australia as its Champions Trophy match against New Zealand was frustratingly abandoned as a no result at Edgbaston on Friday.

Set a victory target of 235 off 33 overs, the world champion was struggling at 53-3 after nine overs when the players went off the field for a third rain delay of the match.

They did not come back on and both teams collected a point in Group A.

The Australians can consider themselves fortunate as they were behind the run rate and lost explosive openers David Warner (18) and Aaron Finch (8), as well as Moises Henriques (18).

Earlier, Kane Williamson’s assured knock of exactly 100, after Luke Ronchi’s 65 off 43 balls against the country he once represented, helped New Zealand post a competitive total of 291 all out in 45 overs.