In a much-awaited clash between the co-hosts, New Zealand beat Australia by one wicket in a low-scoring thriller. While defending a small total of 151, Australian bowlers never lost hopes and fought till the end to make a match out of nowhere.
Heavy rain drenched Auckland on Friday, dampening Australia`s mood just 24 hours before their crucial World Cup showdown against New Zealand and a week after torrential downpours wiped out their clash with Bangladesh in Brisbane.
With 100 days to go before the commencement of the 2015 ICC World Cup, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key Friday invited Indian cricket fans to visit his country during the Feb 14-March 29 event, to be co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia.
Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns has reportedly departed for London to be interviewed by the police and the International Cricket Council`s (ICC) anti-corruption unit over the match-fixing fiasco that has rocked the cricket world.
The Indian challenge in New Zealand Open badminton in Auckland ended Friday with fifth seed Arvind Bhat losing in straight games to top seed Jen Hao Hsu of Chinese Taipei in the semi-finals of the $50,000 Grand Prix event.