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Australia [Group A1] vs New Zealand [Group B2] : First Semi final, Mohali

First Semi-Final, AUS vs NZ: Australia in Finals

Australia reached their first Champions Final with a 34-run victory over New Zealand in Mohali. They made 240/9 in 50 overs in the first semifinal on Wednesday and then restricted New Zealand to 206 with 4 overs to spare.
Australia recovered from 4-2 as Ricky Ponting and Andrew Symonds both hit 58s, but lost wickets at regular intervals. Chasing 241 for victory, the Kiwis tumbled to 35-6, Glenn McGrath taking 3-22 in a 10-over spell.
Jacob Oram (43) and Daniel Vettori (79) shared a seventh-wicket stand of 103 and the lower order kept thrashing boundaries. The loss put an end to New Zealand hopes of another shot at the title they won in Kenya six years ago.

Kyle Mills takes four wickets as New Zealand limit Australia

Australia made 240/9 in 50 overs against New Zealand in the first semifinal of the ICC Champions Trophy at Mohali on Wednesday. Australia recovered from 4-2 as Ricky Ponting and Andrew Symonds both hit 58s, but lost wickets at regular intervals.
Kyle Mills sent back both the openers after his skipper Stephen Fleming won the toss and elected to field first. Shane Watson was caught by Peter Fulton for naught when he top edged a delivery. In the same over Adam Gilchrist flicked a delivery off his pads only to find Jacob Oram hold on to a blinder. New Zealand has left out Scott Styris and brought in Hamish Marshall. Australia has gone in with an unchanged side. Australia has never got past the last four stage in the Champions Trophy, while the Kiwis won it beating India in the finals in 2000. The Aussies certainly hold an edge over the Kiwis, winning 70 of the 100 ODIs played against them. But in 2006, New Zealand are on a hot streak with the best winning percentage in ODIs. Australia (Playing XI) : Ricky Ponting (Captain), Adam Gilchrist, Nathan Bracken, Michael Clarke, Mitchell Johnson, Michael Hussey, Brett Lee, Damien Martyn, Glenn McGrath, Shane Watson, Andrew Symonds.
New Zealand (Playing XI) : Stephen Fleming (Captain), Nathan Astle, Lou Vincent, Brendon McCullum, Peter Fulton, Hamish Marshall, Kyle Mills, Jacob Oram, James Franklin, Daniel Vettori, Shane Bond.

Australia has upper hand in first semifinal

Australians are the clear favourites in the Champions Trophy semifinals on Wednesday against New Zealand in Mohali.
Both sides had played and won their respective matches here last week Australia defeated India by six wickets Sunday and New Zealand beat Pakistan Oct 25 by 51 runs. On paper and in the field, the Australians clearly have an upper hand. That is also reflected from the fact that the Kangaroos are eager to win the tournament this time the only title that has eluded the cricket world champions. Except for the shock defeat they suffered at the hands of the West Indies in the tournament at Mumbai Oct 18, the Australians have not shown any weaknesses in batting, bowling or fielding.
The Kiwis, on the other hand, will have to rely heavily on their performance Wednesday, as they do not have a steady winning record. Batsmen like Stephen Fleming, Scott Styris, Nathan Astle and others will have to come good here The Kiwis will depend heavily on paceman Shane Bond and Jacob Oram in the bowling department. The Aussies, however, have a lethal bowling attack in Brett Lee, Glenn McGrath, Shane Watson and Nathan Bracken. Ponting admitted that both sides were familiar with the ground conditions at Mohali. He added the wicket and conditions here were to the liking of the Australian team Australia team (from) : Ricky Ponting (Captain), Adam Gilchrist (wicket-keeper), Simon Katich, Michael Hussey, Andrew Symonds, Damien Martyn, Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Brett Lee, Brad Hogg, Nathan Bracken, Dan Cullen (replaced Stuart Clark), Glenn McGrath and Mitchell Johnson
New Zealand team (from) : Stephen Fleming (Captain), Nathan Astle, Shane Bond, James Franklin, Peter Fulton, Mark Gillespie, Brendon McCullum (wicket-keeper), Hamish Marshall, Kyle Mills, Jacob Oram, Jeetan Patel, Scott Styris, Daniel Vettori and Lou Vincent

Australia [Group A1] vs New Zealand [Group B2] : First Semi final, Mohali

Scores

Australia beat New Zealand by 34 runs
New Zealand won the toss and decided to field
240 for 9 (50.0 overs)
206 all out (46.0 overs)

Australia Innings
 
 
Runs
Balls
4s
6s
A C Gilchrist c J D P Oram b K D Mills
3
11 0 0
S R Watson c P G Fulton b K D Mills
0
4 0 0
R T Ponting c D L Vettori b K D Mills
58
80 9 0
D R Martyn lbw b D L Vettori
26
54 4 0
M E K Hussey c H J H Marshall b J E C Franklin
35
52 2 0
A Symonds
 
b S E Bond
58
58 3 1
M J Clarke c D L Vettori b K D Mills
14
22 1 0
B Lee
 
b S E Bond
5
5 0 0
M G Johnson run out
 
3
9 0 0
N W Bracken not out
 
15
8 1 1
G D McGrath not out
 
0
0 0 0
Extras
 
3nb 14w 6lb 23
 
Total
 
for 9 240 (50.0 ovs)

Bowler
O
M
R
W
K D Mills 10.0 1 38 4
S E Bond 10.0 0 55 2
J E C Franklin 8.0 1 48 1
J D P Oram 10.0 1 43 0
D L Vettori 10.0 0 41 1
N J Astle 2.0 0 9 0
Fall of wicket
 
3 S R Watson
4 A C Gilchrist
70 D R Martyn
123 R T Ponting
188 M E K Hussey
211 A Symonds
220 M J Clarke
223 B Lee
236 M G Johnson

New Zealand Innings
 
 
Runs
Balls
4s
6s
L Vincent c R T Ponting b G D McGrath
1
15 0 0
S P Fleming c R T Ponting b N W Bracken
15
28 2 0
N J Astle
 
b B Lee
0
4 0 0
H J H Marshall c A C Gilchrist b G D McGrath
5
13 0 0
P G Fulton
 
b G D McGrath
2
13 0 0
J D P Oram st A C Gilchrist b A Symonds
43
59 5 0
B B McCullum c D R Martyn b N W Bracken
1
4 0 0
D L Vettori
 
b M G Johnson
79
103 7 0
J E C Franklin c A C Gilchrist b S R Watson
8
11 1 0
K D Mills c A C Gilchrist b B Lee
21
17 2 1
S E Bond not out
 
9
11 1 0
Extras
 
2nb 13w 7lb 22
 
Total
 
all out 206 (46.0 ovs)

Bowler
O
M
R
W
B Lee 8.0 0 31 2
G D McGrath 10.0 2 22 3
N W Bracken 7.0 1 36 2
M G Johnson 7.0 0 38 1
S R Watson 7.0 0 27 1
A Symonds 7.0 0 45 1
Fall of wicket
 
16 L Vincent
20 N J Astle
30 H J H Marshall
30 S P Fleming
34 P G Fulton
35 B B McCullum
138 J D P Oram
159 J E C Franklin
180 D L Vettori
206 K D Mills

Umpires: S A Bucknor, R E Koertzen

Australia [Group A1] vs New Zealand [Group B2] : First Semi final, Mohali

Venue

Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali

The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium in Mohali is one of the most modern and best equipped stadiums in India. The stadium will host the curtain raiser, between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, the much-awaited India-Australia clash and the semi-finals.


Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.