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Australia win twin warm-up matches

Update : 19 Mar 2014, 05:02 PM

Australia and New Zealand played a five-over practice match after the former obtained permission from the ICC for the encounter on the grounds of lacking warm-up games ahead of the ICC World Twenty20. The game was played an hour before Australia’s scheduled T20 warm-up match at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah yesterday.

Australia had only one warm-up match before the World Twenty20, compared to the other teams’ two. They asked ICC for permission to play a five over match and the game began at 2.30pm local time. Batting first, New Zealand could only manage to score 30 runs in five overs and Australia comfortably strolled to victory in 3.3 overs.

Meanwhile, the T20 warm-up match was more thrilling as opening batsman David Warner’s blistering fifty helped Australia earn a hard-fought 3-run win.

Warner fired hammered 65 off just 26 deliveries and with Aaron Finch adding a rapid 47, Australia reached a massive 200/7 from their 20 overs. New Zealand however, chased bravely and with Martin Guptill leading the way with a half-century, the Kiwis fell just four runs short of the total.

Opting to bat first, Australia’s openers Warner and Finch raced to 113 in just eight overs. Both players eventually retired out to give the middle order time in the middle. Warner struck seven fours and five sixes and reached his fifty in 20 balls, while Finch struck nine fours and six in his 22 ball knock.

Shane Watson, Brad Hodge and George Bailey scored 27, 25 and 19 respectively to push the innings along. For New Zealand, Kyle Mills bowled well to take 2/21 while Kane Williamson’s only over went for 24 runs.

Guptill and Brendon McCullum gave the Kiwis some hope while chasing the big target. Guptill hit 62 off 34 deliveries with five fours and four sixes and McCullum blasted 37 off 18 balls with four fours and two sixes. James Muirhead dismissed both players but Corey Anderson (29) and Luke Ronchi (21) continued to score freely and keep the game alive.

New Zealand looked the favourites as they needed 13 runs off the last 10 balls but Mitchell Starc took two wickets in the 19th over to turn the tide as the Kiwis finished with 197/9. Starc, Coulter-Nile, Brad Hogg and Muirhead bagged each took two wickets for Australia.



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