Champions Trophy: Rain forces no result in Australia-New Zealand match

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MNA Sports Desk: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson made exactly 100 before rain saw his side’s Champions Trophy opener against Australia at Edgbaston on Friday end in a no-result washout.

This was an identical outcome to when the teams met at the Birmingham ground in the last edition four years ago.

Australia, who were left needing a revised target of 235 to win in 33 overs, were 53 for three off nine when the players left the field for the final time

Both teams received a point apiece for the no result from what was their opening match of the 2017 Champions Trophy, a tournament featuring the world’s top eight one-day international teams.

The main beneficiaries were Group A rivals and tournament hosts England, who launched this year’s edition with an eight-wicket win over Bangladesh at the Oval on Thursday.

Brief scores

New Zealand: 291, 45 overs (K Williamson 100, L Ronchi 65; J Hazlewood 6-52)

Australia: 53-3, 9 overs

Result: No result