NZ thrash US by 210 runs

New Zealand thrashed US by 210 runs to win their ICC Champions Trophy opener at the Oval in London yesterday.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:08 IST
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New Zealand thrashed US by 210 runs to win their ICC Champions Trophy opener at the Oval in London yesterday. Nathan Astle was the star of the New Zealand innings, scoring a career best 145 not out as the USA were bowled out for 137 in reply to New Zealand's massive 347 for 4. The US were massive underdogs heading into the game against New Zealand but they were coming off their first ever victory against a Test playing nation, following a fantastic run chase against Zimbabwe in a warm-up game. Resurrecting innings US won the toss and chose to bowl, making a great start as 42 year-old Tony Reid claimed the prize wicket of New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming for 15. Hamish Marshall also went cheaply but Nathan Astle and Scott Styris resurrected the innings with a 163-run partnership. After Styris went for 75 it didn't get any easier for the Americans as Craig McMillan came to the crease. McMillan smashed a half-century off just 21 balls, before finishing with 64 off 27 balls. Astle steals limelight Astle brought up his 14th one-day international century and eventually blasted his way to a career best 145 not out. This is the second highest one-day score by a New Zealander. The real fireworks came at the end of the innings as McMillan and Astle smashed 96 off the last four overs. The USA's chase for an unlikely victory target of 348 began well as they reached 52 without losing a wicket. Oram's fireworks But Jacob Oram then took three wickets in five balls to rip through the US innings. Mark Johnson was the first man to go, caught behind by Brendon McCullum for 20. Leon Romero and Steve Massiah followed soon, caught behind the wicket for ducks. Clayton Lambert, who scored Test and one-day centuries for the West Indies in the 1990's, was predictably the star with the bat for the USA as he scored 39. But fittingly it was Oram who returned to finish off the match, getting Zia caught by Chris Cairns for eight to seal New Zealand's victory, their biggest ever in one-day internationals. (AP)