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Rain damages Australia's Trophy chances

UPDATED 31 July, 2014 9:39AM AEST | by Omnisport 15

Australia's ICC Champions Trophy hopes are hanging in the balance after their clash with New Zealand was declared a no result due to rain.

The Aussies posted 8-243 from their 50 overs on Wednesday, but New Zealand's reply was cut short at 2-51 and could not be resumed after 15 overs due to the inclement conditions.

Both teams take a point from the game, meaning England could seal their place in the semi-finals with a win over Sri Lanka on Thursday.

Australia's start to the match had promised little, as Shane Watson edged to Luke Ronchi just seven balls and five runs into his innings.

And Phil Hughes soon followed him back to the pavilion, paying the price for poor communication with Matthew Wade by virtue of a Martin Guptill run-out.

Wade and George Bailey looked to stop that rot but saw their admirable stand ended when the latter was accounted for by a plumb Nathan McCullum lbw appeal having accrued 29 runs.

Bailey went for 55 not long after, but Adam Voges (71) and Glenn Maxwell (29) ensured New Zealand were set a respectable target of 244 to win.

Australia's defence of their total got off to a fine start, as Guptill walked for eight in the fourth over before Ronchi clipped into Watson's hands after making just 14.

However, the heavens soon opened and, after a lengthy wait, the umpires opted against the resumption of play to leave the teams sharing the spoils.

New Zealand now lead Group A courtesy of their point while Australia must beat Sri Lanka on Monday to stand any chance of progressing.

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 13 June, 2013 8:57AM AEST

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