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Australia dismiss New Zealand

Australia early this morning beat New Zealand by 34 runs to reach the ICC Champions Trophy final for the first time.

Australia had a poor start in its innings having been sent by New Zealand to bat first and for a while I thought New Zealand were on fire but Australia managed to hold on and score 240 runs.

New Zealand were let down by their top order batsmen with the top five batsmen scoring a paltry 23 runs and fifteen of those 23 runs were scored by the captain Stephen Fleming. But this was also due to the fact that back in form McGrath took three wickets.

In the end 206 all out was a respectable score especially for a team that at one was 35-6 thanks largely to the middle order batsmen and in particular Daniel Vettori who scored 79 which was the highest score of the match.

Now Australia awaits the winner of the West Indies/South Africa match in the final on Sunday.

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