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Friday, February 25, 2011

Aussies dismiss New Zealand for 206

Aussies dismiss New Zealand for 206NAGPUR: New Zealand batsmen could not resist the pace attack by Australia and were all out for 206 runs in 45.1 overs in a World Cup Group A match here at the Vidarbha Cricket Ground on Friday.

Australia captain Ricky Ponting won the toss and invited New Zealand in the daytime match overshadowed by the devastating earthquake in Christchurch.

At least 113 people have been killed as a result of tremors in the New Zealand city and the teams wore black armbands and observed a minute's silence before the start of play.

New Zealand were in trouble right from the start and all their top order batsmen were gone before the 15 overs were completed. They were 73-6 in 17 overs.

Later, Nathan McCullum and captain Daniel Vettori tried to make some recovery and both added 54 valuable runs for the eight wicket.

However, Nathan fell after scoring 52 from 76 balls when New Zealand were 175.

Vettori then fought the battle against Aussie pace bowlers but could notcontinue it long and was after making 44 off 43 balls.

For Australia, Mitchell Johnson captured four wickets for 33 runs and Shaun Tait claimed three for 35.

Both defending champions Australia and New Zealand won their opening matches following comprehensive wins over Zimbabwe and Kenya respectively.

Australia were unchanged for the game at the VCA Ground but New Zealand brought in batsman Jamie How for all-rounder Jacob Oram in a tactical switch

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