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WATCH – New Zealand's Luke Ronchi reprives himself from run-out scare against Australia in ICC Champions Trophy 2017

WATCH – New Zealand's Luke Ronchi reprives himself from run-out scare against Australia in ICC Champions Trophy 2017

Opting to bat first, the Blackcaps are in complete control of the game. Luke Ronchi(65) scored his yet another ODI fifty, after which he was dismissed by John Hastings. Heavy rain, however, there at Edgbaston has reduced the game to 46 overs per side.  

1st ODI: Australia lose to New Zealand by six runs despite Marcus Stoinis' incredible 146-run knock

1st ODI: Australia lose to New Zealand by six runs despite Marcus Stoinis' incredible 146-run knock

Stoinis came to the crease with Australia reeling at 54 for five and calmly set about rebuilding after his more experienced teammates had squandered their wickets.

Chappell-Hadlee series: Mitchell Starc eager to repeat 2015 world cup mayhem against New Zealand

Chappell-Hadlee series: Mitchell Starc eager to repeat 2015 world cup mayhem against New Zealand

Starc, who celebrates his 27th birthday on Monday is hopeful that similar conditions would be on offer at Eden Park.

Low Blow! Steve Smith gone to ground after being hit where it hurts the most

Low Blow! Steve Smith gone to ground after being hit where it hurts the most

Warner hit an impressive 119 runs as Australia scored clinch the Chappell-Hadllee Trophy series with a 116-run win in the final ODI.

Steve Smith just can't stop taking blinders, here's Australian captain's another flying catch – Watch Video

Steve Smith just can't stop taking blinders, here's Australian captain's another flying catch – Watch Video

Australia defeated New Zealand by 117 runs in the 3rd one-day international to complete a 3-0 whitewash in the series.

Australia vs New Zealand, 3rd ODI: Record-breaking David Warner destroys Kiwis again to seal 3-0 series win

Australia vs New Zealand, 3rd ODI: Record-breaking David Warner destroys Kiwis again to seal 3-0 series win

Australia have won the first two matches, by 68 and 116 runs at Sydney and Canberra respectively in their 3-0 clean sweep of New Zealand.

David Warner equals Sourav Ganguly's record of seven centuries in a year — VIDEOS INSIDE

David Warner equals Sourav Ganguly's record of seven centuries in a year — VIDEOS INSIDE

He also became the first Australian to hit back-to-back hundreds twice in ODI.

2nd ODI: David Warner, Steve Smith shine as Australia crush New Zealand by 116 runs

2nd ODI: David Warner, Steve Smith shine as Australia crush New Zealand by 116 runs

Australia, who had won the first ODI by 68 runs, now have an insurmountable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

AUS vs NZ: Virender Sehwag trolls Kumar Dharmasena for another decision goof-up

AUS vs NZ: Virender Sehwag trolls Kumar Dharmasena for another decision goof-up

Dharmasena is on the ICC’s Elite panel of umpires but has endured a difficult time while officiating during the recent games.

Shane Warne backs Glenn Maxwell, insists he should be considered for all three formats

Shane Warne backs Glenn Maxwell, insists he should be considered for all three formats

Considering the upcoming India-Australia series, Warne insisted that Maxwell could prove to be very handy on Indian pitches.

New Zealand batsman breaks bat, facing a delivery from Aussie speedster Pat Cummins – See video

New Zealand batsman breaks bat, facing a delivery from Aussie speedster Pat Cummins – See video

Kiwi batsman Colin Munro broke his bat facing a delivery from speedster Pat Cummins in the 42nd over.

George Bailey introduces the most awkward stance in cricket, watch video

George Bailey introduces the most awkward stance in cricket, watch video

Batting first, Australia finished on 324/8 after 50 overs but New Zealand were bundled for only 256.

Australia vs New Zealand, 1st ODI: Superb Steve Smith stars in 68-run win

Australia vs New Zealand, 1st ODI: Superb Steve Smith stars in 68-run win

Australia captain Steve Smith led from the front as Australia beat New Zealand by 68 runs in the first of three One-Day International matches at Sydney on Sunday.

MUST WATCH: Not happy with 164-run knock, Steve Smith takes flying, one-handed miracle catch

MUST WATCH: Not happy with 164-run knock, Steve Smith takes flying, one-handed miracle catch

First, Smith scored a brilliant 164-run knock off 157 balls, which also happened to be the joint highest score for any Aussie skipper, then produced a miracle catch.

VIDEO: Brilliant Steve Smith toys with New Zealand bowlers

VIDEO: Brilliant Steve Smith toys with New Zealand bowlers

In the process, the prodigious right-handed batsman also posted the joint-highest score by an Australian captain.

Australia vs New Zealand: Kiwi fielders mess up big time in funniest ever two runs in cricket — WATCH

Australia vs New Zealand: Kiwi fielders mess up big time in funniest ever two runs in cricket — WATCH

Thanks to Smith's epic 164 off 157 balls, Australia, batting first, set a 325-run target for the Kiwis in the first ODI at Sydney Cricket Ground.

Trent Boult set to return for ODI opener against Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground

Trent Boult set to return for ODI opener against Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground

Coach Mike Hesson said Boult was tracking "very well" for Sunday`s opener in the Chappell-Hadlee series having passed a fitness test.

First ever red card in cricket: When Billy Bowden had enough of Glenn McGrath — VIDEO

First ever red card in cricket: When Billy Bowden had enough of Glenn McGrath — VIDEO

Underarm bowling is illegal. It became a topic of heated argument between the two Trans Tasman teams in 1981.

Australia vs New Zealand 2016: Aussies announce 14-man squad for ODI series; Hilton Cartwright surprise inclusion

Australia vs New Zealand 2016: Aussies announce 14-man squad for ODI series; Hilton Cartwright surprise inclusion

Interim chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said the panel had been keeping an eye on 24-year-old Cartwright`s progress at state level.