Black Caps beaten by Australia

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The Black Caps have been beaten by Australia by three wickets in their T20 World Cup warm-up match in Abu Dhabi.

Batting first New Zealand made a 158 for seven. Captain Kane Williamson was the best batter with a top score of 37, while all-rounder James Neesham made 31.

Pace bowler Kane Richardson took three wickets for Australia.

In reply, Australia lost opener David Warner off the very first ball of their innings when he was caught off the bowling of Tim Southee. However, Steve Smith made 35 and Marcus Stonis for 28 in the middle of their innings and they eventually finished on 159 for 7. They still had 6 balls remaining.

Mitchell Santner was the pick of the Black Caps bowlers, taking three wickets for 22 runs off four overs.

Trent Boult finished with two for 13 from three overs.

New Zealand’s next warm-up game is against England on Wednesday night.

Their opening World Cup game is against Pakistan next week.

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