Aussies cruise into semis

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

World Champions Australia thumped New Zealand by seven wickets in a Group A league match and entered the semifinals of the ICC Champions Trophy.

London:

World Champions Australia sounded a stern warning to their rivals as they thumped New Zealand by seven wickets in a Group A league match and entered the semifinals of the ICC Champions Trophy one-day cricket tournament. The Kiwis, put into bat, were blown away by an accurate new ball spell by Glenn McGrath and were restricted to 198 for nine in another ball-dominated match in the 12-nation event at the Oval here today. McGrath cleared any doubts over his ankle by claiming three for 39 even as he bowled eight overs on the trot in his opening spell. Well judged catch He was well supported Michael Kasprowicz who justified Ricky Ponting's decision to leave out express pacer Brett Lee by grabbing three for 32 besides taking a well judged catch in the deep to end Brendon McCullum's counter attack towards the closing stages. McCullum's top score of 47 off 66 balls and his 68-run stand for the ninth wicket, New Zealand's highest against the Aussies, with Daniel Vettori (29 not out) lifted the team from 124 for eight in the 36th over but the target was too little to defend for the bowlers. Matthew Hayden made a cautious 47 while Damien Martyn's well crafted 60 not out set up the launchpad for the explosive Andrew Symonds to tear into the Kiwi attack with an unbeaten 71 that contained seven fours and four sixes. (PTI)

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