Australia were all set to play a Do or Die game to be the contenders for the Semi Finals of ICC Champions Trophy 2013 at Edgbaston on 12 July 2013. After their defeat against England in the first match they had to win against their another regular rivals, New Zealand. Australia won the toss and chose to bat. New Zealand bowlers continued their form and soon Australia were 10/2 in the 4th over. Half centuries from the Skipper George Bailey and Adam Voges steadied the inning. A cameo Glenn Maxwell took them to 243/8 in 50 overs. Mitchell McClenaghan finished with 4/65.
|Rain Spoiled a must win match for Australia|
New Zealand needed to chase 244 on this pitch of Edgbaston. Clint McKay dismissed both the openers cheaply and put Australia right on the track. But the clouds had some other ideas. Rain interrupted the play at 51/2 in 51 overs. And what next! Match never began again and was called off. Both teams were awarded a point each. Australia with 1 point needs to win the remaining game against Sri Lanka to have hopes to enter Semis.
Statistical Highlights of this Match
# Australia and New Zealand were meeting for the 4th time in ICC Champions Trophy. Australia
had beaten New Zealand all the times before.
# They were playing their first ODI since their match in ICC World Cup 2011 at Nagpur.
# Australia and New Zealand were playing their 125th ODI match together. Only other 3 pair of teams to play 125+ matches are 139 - India vs Sri Lanka, 135 - Australia vs West Indies and 132 - Sri Lanka vs
# This was their 3rd match in England.
# Philip Hughes registered his first Duck in ODI career in his 11th inning.
# George Bailey scored 55(91) which is his 6th Half century in ODIs and his 3rd as captain in 5 games.
# George Bailey also scored 55(69) against England in the previous games.
# Adam Voges scored his 3rd ODI fifty. He scored 77(76). This is his highest score in ICC Champions Trophy after his 15 runs in the first match against England.
# Mitchell Marsh achieved his highest score in ODIs with 22(22) in his 3rd ODI. In his first two ODI matches he scored 8*(5) and 5(12).
# Mitchell McClenaghan completed 25 wickets in his ODI career in his 9th match.
# Mitchell McClenaghan is the fastest bowler to reach 25 wickets in ODIs. He overcame Ottis Gibson and Ajantha Mendis who got their 25th wicket in 10th ODI.
# Mitchell McClenaghan finished with 4/65 in his 10 overs. This is his 4th 4-wicket haul in ODIs and 2nd consecutive in this ICC Champions Trophy. He is only the second bowler after Douglas Hondo in 2002 to take 2 4-wicket hauls in an edition of ICC Champions Trophy.
# Mitchell McClenaghan is the 4th bowler to take a 4 wickets against Australia in ICC Champions Trophy.
# 4/65 by Mitchell McClenaghan are the second best bowling figures by a kiwi bowler at Edgbaston after Chris Pringle's 5/45 in 1994.
# Australia's 243/8 in 50 overs is their highest total against New Zealand in England outstripping their 213/8 at Cardiff in 1999.
New Zealand Inning
# Luke Ronchi played 4 ODIs for Australia in 2008 and in this match he was playing against Australia.
# Clint McKay dismissed both the opener Guptill and Ronchi and had figures of 2/10 in 4 overs.
|Clint McKay did the damage needed for Australia but Rain interrupted|
# Rain stopped the play after the 15th over when the score was 51/2.
# Match could never begin again and was called off. Each point were rewarded a point each.
# This is the 4th abandoned match in ICC Champions Trophy. Other 3 were 2 Finals of ICC Champions Trophy 2002 between India and Sri Lanka in Colombo and India vs Australia at Centurion in 2009.
Australia needed a must win in this game but they could finish with earning one point only. Now for Australia to enter the Semi Finals
In Eng vs SL, SL should win
In SL vs Aus, Aus should win
In Eng vs NZ, NZ should win
New Zealand are not into semis for sure too. If they win their remaining gama against England, they will be into semis without any doubt.
Thats all from the Statistical Highlights of Australia vs New Zealand. Hope you liked it and see you all in the next game on 13th July between England and Sri Lanka.