Australia vs New Zealand
No, no further play. All and sundry shake hands. The sides take a point each, leaving Group A wide open. Catch you again on Thursday for England v Sri Lanka. Cheers.
The umpires are currently inspecting conditions, and have asked both captains to join them out in the middle.
The rain has stopped an umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Nigel Llong will inspect conditions at 18:15 local time. Play must start at 18:54. New Zealand will need 103 more runs in 11 overs if play resumes at 18.30. Harsh tweak, that.
100 minutes without play now, and it's increasingly likely we won't see another ball bowled today - each side will go home with a point, blowing Group A wide open.
It is still raining at the ground and overs will be lost when the teams eventually return to the field. The latest possible start will be at 19:54 and if it starts at this time then the match will have been reduced to 20 overs. If the rain persists and the players don't take the field then the teams will share the tournament points. We will keep you posted and let you know when there is any news from the umpires.
The covers come onto the field as the rain continues to fall. The skies are looking dark and grey. If overs are going to be deducted then New Zealand may have dug themselves into a hole.
Over 15 - NZ 51/1 (Williamson 18, Taylor 9)
Spin is brought into the attack for the first time in the form of Doherty. The first delivery turns and beats Williamson's outside edge. A fine sweep gives the batsmen three runs and brings up the 50.
Over 14 - NZ 47/1 (Williamson 15, Taylor 8)
Faulkner has found a very good length on this surface. The batsmen are waiting for a bad ball to put away, but the bowlers aren't given anything away. The game is at a stalemate for the time being.
Over 13 - NZ 44/1 (Williamson 12, Taylor 8)
This rain will pose some problems for Australia because at the very least, the ball will get wet which will make it more difficult for their spinners to control the ball. At the moment though, the quick men are doing a good job.
Over 12 - NZ 42/1 (Williamson 11, Taylor 7)
Faulkner bowls a tight over that costs just three. The rain has started to fall lightly and the ground staff have prepared themselves for action.
Over 11 - NZ 39/1 (Williamson 10, Taylor 5)
Johnson is brought back for another spell now that the powerplay is over and he can have some insurance on the boundary. Some exceptional fielding by the captain at cover safes a certain four runs.
Over 10 - NZ 38/1 (Williamson 10, Taylor 4)
Faulkner comes into the attack. He does very similar things with the ball as McKay with the difference being that he is a left-arm bowler. Judging from McKay's first spell, Faulkner should be tough to get away on this surface.
Over 9 - NZ 37/1 (Williamson 10, Taylor 3)
A rare poor delivery from Watson is fixed by some neat fielding at point, preventing any score. Good fielding can be even more frustrating for batsmen than good bowling, as they field that they have been robbed of some runs. Williamson finds the gap to pick up his first boundary and end the over.
Over 8 - NZ 31/1 (Williamson 4, Taylor 3)
WICKET. McKay strikes again as Ronchi guides a ball outside off stump straight to the gully. The reflex catch is taken above the fielders head. Taylor is the new batsmen and probably New Zealand's best player. Williamson gets a cut away and collects three runs which could get him going. A simple error as one run is called short.
Over 7 - NZ 26/1 (Williamson 2, Ronchi 14)
Watson is right up to the bat as Williamson is camped on the back-foot and therefore plays everything from the crease. A testing maiden is completed by the all-rounder.
Over 6 - NZ 26/1 (Williamson 2, Ronchi 14)
McKay finds a little bit of shame into the batsman but it is well dealt with. The Australian ODI player of the year from last year is making life difficult for Williamson in particular.
Over 5 - NZ 24/1 (Williamson 1, Ronchi 14)
Watson comes into the attack in place of a struggling Johnson. He should be very effective on this pitch as he bowls wicket to wicket. This line of attack will let the inconsistency in the deck work in his favour. Williamson nearly runs himself out trying to get off the mark but the fielder misses the stumps.
Over 4 - NZ 18/1 (Williamson 0, Ronchi 10)
A positive start for New Zealand will allow them to play consevatively against the spinners in the middle overs, which in turn will make it easier to keep their wickets in tact. WICKET. McKay strikes. Guptill attempts to drive on the up, but it slides off the outside half of the bat and is caught at point.
Over 3 - NZ 16/0 (Guptill 7, Ronchi 9)
Ronchi has started well against the team who he made his ODI for. He clips Johnson through the leg-side and some good running earns him three runs. Guptill now joins the party as a classic drive on the up, shows the Australians the kind the form that he is in after consecutive centuries in the series against England.
Over 2 - NZ 6/0 (Guptill 0, Ronchi 6)
McKay shares the new ball. He hits the deck hard and has a very good change of pace. He will cause some problems on this wicket as he starts with a tight over.
- 12th Jun 2013
- Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
- H D P K Handunnettige, N J Nigel
- TV Umpire
- R A Richard
- Match Referee
- B C Brian
- Reserve Umpire
- I J Ian
new zealand BATTING CARD
|L. Ronchi||c Watson b McKay||14|
|M.J. Guptill||c Maxwell b McKay||8|
|K.S. Williamson||Not out||18|
|Total||15.0 Overs||51 - 2|