Kiwis captain Kane Williamson played a terrific knock in their opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy against Australia yesterday.
Williamson scored a magnificent hundred against the Aussies at Edgbaston before new Zealand won the toss and chose to bat first.
Martin Guptill and Luke Ronchi were the two openers for the Kiwis. After a decent start of 40, Guptill perished to the Aussie pacer Jos Hazlewood for just 26 runs.
Then skipper Williamson and Luke Ronchi try to build a momentum to score some more runs. Those two added 77 runs for the 2nd wicket, while the partnership was looking good the rain gods interrupted for the first time.
The play resumed and match was reduced to 46 overs per side.
The New Zealand batsmen, Williamson and Ronchi started off where they left.
Luke Ronchi put his highest ODI score against Australia after 7 ODI innings.
Meanwhile, the partnership was going well and Luke Ronchi scored his first fifty as an opener in 12 innings and this fifty was also his first against the Aussies.
This knock of Ronchi was ended by John Hastings for well made 65 from just 43 balls.
After the dismissal of Ronchi, Skipper Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor took on the responsibility to score runs.
Their 99 run partnership tried to do that but some brilliant fast bowling from the Aussies pacers made it difficult for the Kiwis batsmen.
The dependable Kane Williamson took on the responsibility of scoring quick runs on himself. He turned the aggressor. It’s his power striking that gave New Zealand a decent score.
Their 99 run partnership ended when Ross Taylor was out to John Hastings for 46 runs.
Kane Williamson continued his innings at the other end. He scored his 100 in that process, unfortunately the skipper was run out after reaching his personal landmark.
No other batsmen could hang around after the dismissal of Kane Williamson.
The New Zealand innings ended up on 291 in 45 overs, they bowled out within their quota of revised 46 overs.
Jos Hazlewood was the pick of the bowlers. He picks up 3 wickets in his last over. He finished his 9 over spell by taking 6 wickets for just 52 runs.
In all Australia were set the target of 292 to chase.
The Australian batsmen started off the chase very badly. Warner was first to go in the 5th over. The dashing opener scored just 18 runs. He was picked up by Boult.
Then Aaron Finch and Moises Henriques also departed very early for the score 8 and 1 respectively.
Expect the rain gods no one was with Aussies captain Steve Smith. He was not out on 8.
The Rain interrupts the game again and in the end the play was abandoned.
Both the teams got one point due to no result.