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After they both lost their matches to hosts England and their respective matches against Australia ended in rain-induced no results, Bangladesh and New Zealand head into their final Group A clash of the ICC Champions Trophy here on Friday, desperately needing a win, knowing that also may not fetch them a semi-final berth.

Both Bangladesh and New Zealand have a point apiece and need to win their Friday's fixture in Wales to make it to the last-four stage besides hoping for Australia to beat England in their final group match at Edgbaston on Sunday.

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England beat New Zealand by 87 runs in a Group A clash of the ICC Champions Trophy at the Sophia Gardens here on Tuesday to become the first side to qualify for the semi-finals.

Chasing 311 for victory, New Zealand lost the plot after in-form skipper Kane Williamson (87) departed at a crucial juncture and could only manage 223 all out in 44.3 overs. The hosts had Liam Plunkett to thank for his 4/55 in 9.3 overs while Jake Ball and Adil Rashid picked up two wickets each.

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New Zealand will be the obstacle standing between England and a semi-final spot when the two nations lock horns in a Group A contest of the Champions Trophy cricket tournament at Sophia Gardens here on Tuesday.

New Zealand have faced England nine times earlier in familiar conditions in the past four years and England hold an edge over New Zealand with the head-to-head tally reading 5-4. 

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Rain played spoilsport in what was shaping up be an enthralling encounter, forcing the Group A Champions Trophy match between Australia and New Zealand to be abandoned here on Friday. The match was repeatedly interrupted by rain, forcing the officials to reduce the number of overs on more than one occasion.

Electing to bat first, New Zealand had put up a healthy total of 291 runs in 45 overs. Their innings had been shortened to 46 overs after play was held up for around an hour and a half due to rain.

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An eagerly awaited clash of two formidable pace bowling line-ups is on the cards when Australia and New Zealand face off in a Group A clash of Champions Trophy cricket tournament on Friday.

This is the first time Australia will have the option of fielding their four frontline fast bowlers in the form of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and James Pattinson in the same tournament. New Zealand have top quality fast bowlers in Trent Boult and Tim Southee. Friday's match could see batsmen from both teams struggling in the pace-friendly English conditions.

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The 3rd HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens in Langford, B.C. wrapped up earlier today after hosting twelve of the best women’s sevens teams in the world for the third consecutive year. The New Zealand Black Ferns won their fourth Cup Title of the season, edging Canada 17-7 with tries from Michaela Blyde, captain Tyla Nathan-Wong and Alena Saili, while the hosts lone tally was scored by Julia Greenshields. With the enthusiastic hometown crowd of over 5,000 fans behind them, Canada finished the tournament 5-1 and, with the second place finish, moved into a tie for second place with Australia in the series standings with one tournament to go.

“As the sport of sevens continues to grow in popularity and participation, we are thrilled to have showcased the very best that the sport has to offer in our own backyard,” said Allen Vansen, CEO, Rugby Canada. “Congratulations to all of the teams for a successful week of competition, and a special thanks to the City of Langford, our Principle Partner HSBC, our Premier Partner The Butchart Gardens, as well as all of the supporting partners who play such an important role in delivering the HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens.”

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Combined efforts from batsmen and bowlers helped defending champions India beat New Zealand by 45 runs through the Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain-hit Champions Trophy warm-up match at the Kennington Oval on Sunday.

Batting first, New Zealand were bowled out for 189 in 38.4 overs with opener Luke Ronchi (66) and lower order batsman James Neesham (46).

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