New Zealand vs Australia 6th Match Rothmans Cup 1990 Article

Read the article of New Zealand vs Australia 6th Match Rothmans Cup 1990 - Rothmans Cup triangular one-day international tournament of the 6th ODI match played between Australia and New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland in 10th March 1990.

Australia cruising to via superior run rate against New Zealand and completed a four-match sweep of the qualifying rounds in a rain-affected game of the sixth match of a Rothmans Cup triangular series.

Australia scored 239-6 in the allotted 47 overs with top scorer by Dean Jones hammered a 59 off 42-balls including 8-fours & a six with strike rate of 140.47.

Simon O'Donnell struck 52 off 51-balls including 2-sixes & 2-fours, Ian Healy hit a unbeaten 36 off 31-balls included 2-fours.

Steve Waugh struck 36 off 63-balls including 2-fours and Mark Taylor scored 17 off consuming 60-balls included two boundaries.

New Zealand best bowler by Martin Snedden captured two-wickets, Danny Morrison, Richard Hadlee and Shane Thomson each took one-wickets.

New Zealand scored 167-2 in 34.5 overs when rain stopped the play - with top scorer by Martin Crowe retired hurt for 51 off 81-balls including three boundaries.

John Wright blasted a 48 off 53-balls - who fell two-run short of his half-century - including 9-fours, Ken Rutherford hit a unbeaten 29 off 37-balls included 2-fours and Andrew Jones scored a unbeaten 26 off 46-balls without a boundary.

Australia best bowler by Peter Taylor and Carl Rackemann both took one-wickets.

This match reported by AAP via The Canberra Times

Brilliant New Zealand batsman Martin Crowe is in doubt for the one-off Test against Australia after he strained his groin in a rain-ruined triangular one-day series match at Eden Park.

Crowe's injury came on a dark day for the home side as Australia completed a four-match sweep of the qualifying rounds, overcoming New Zealand on a superior run rate.

Australia compiled 6-239 from its 47 overs at 5.09 an over and New Zealand was 2-167 after 34.5 overs, travelling at 4.79 an over, when play was abandoned for the day.

Crowe injured himself when he pushed a single from offspinner Peter Taylor to reach 51 and had to rule himself out of today's final against Australia.

More importantly, the 27 year-old is now in serious doubt for the Test starting in Wellington on Thursday. "I pushed off for a single and immediately felt the muscle at the top of my night leg," Crowe said.

"It's 99 per cent certain I won't play tomorrow but I'm hopeful I have enough time to be right by Thursday for the Test," he said.

The Kiwis still managed to qualify ahead of India for today's final but will be without Crowe while Australia will welcome back captain Allan Border and paceman Terry Alderman, who both rested.

New Zealand skipper John Wright sent Australia in to bat with rain predicted, but the World Cup champions ignored the loss of two early wickets to reach 6-239.

Dean Jones again top-scored with 59 and was named man-of-the-match but was well supported by Simon O'Donnell (52), Steve Waugh (36) and lan Healy, 36 not out.

Jones pushed the Australians above four an over early in the innings while O'Donnell and Waugh thrashed the bowling in a 66-run partnership for the fifth wicket.

Jones dominated the early phase of the Australian innings and raced to his half-century in 78 minutes from a mere 37 deliveries, hitting seven boundaries and his one six.

Jones powered the Australians along to 3-114 in the 24th over and forced Wright to bring back his trump card Richard Hadlee to control the damage.

Jones cracked the first ball straight back at Hadlee and had to scamper home to regain his ground.

The right-hander then sent the second ball, a full toss, through mid-wicket for his eighth boundary to move to 59.

Hadlee gave Jones another opportunity to drive with his third ball, which the Australian accepted, and the great allrounder held on to a brilliant catch low to his left on the follow-through.

Wright and Crowe gave New Zealand a superb start by adding 99 in 17 overs but the Kiwis lost their way when Wright fell for 48 after hitting nine fours. Crowe retired hurt for 51. made from 80 deliveries.

New Zealand was interrupted by rain at 1-115 in the 25th over and the target was re-adjusted to 204 from 40 overs, leaving the asking rate at 89 runs from 15.5 overs to win.

Crowe closed his knock during the short break and when Mark Greatbatch failed to score two balls after the resumption, it was left to Ken Rutherford and Andrew Jones to score the required runs.

The pair slogged 52 from 10 overs but New Zealand still needed 37 from 5.1 overs when the game had to be abandoned.

"Losing Martin Crowe was a tragedy for us because we lost our momentum," Wright said.
Marsh said he thought Australia should have scored 260 but he conceded the side may have relaxed having qualified for the final.

Australia will start hot favourites. for today's final. Rain has again been forecast.



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