Australia may not like rain as Australia was again refused by rain from close win. Rain has already been a concerning matter in this ICC Champions Trophy. Two matches have been abandoned due to rain and Australia are the victim of those two matches. One is against New Zealand and the second match against Bangladesh.
At the Oval, Mashrafe won the toss and decided to bat first. Except Tamim Iqbal, the other batsmen were in the procession of being out. Tamim was so close to make another century but got out at nervous 95. Tamim scored 95 runs off 114 balls and Shakib Al Hasan scored only 29 runs.
Australia’s Mitchell Starc destroyed the backbone of Bangladesh innings and he then ripped out the last four Bangladesh wickets in the space of nine balls, including three in one over – Tamim was caught pulling to fine-leg, before Mashrafe Mortaza and Rubel Hossain were bowled by full and fast deliveries. Mustafizur Rahman narrowly survived Starc’s hat-trick ball but Mehedi was clean bowled in the next over. And at last, Bangladesh gave a target of 183 runs.
In the innings of batting, Australia were making headway to the target. Warner became the fastest Australia to 4000 ODI runs. Aaron Finch got out L.B.W by Rubel Hossain. No other bowler of Bangladesh made any pressure of Australia’s innings. But rain refused Australia at the winning position where they only needed 100 runs to win over Bangladesh. The match was abandoned. As a consequence, Australia and Bangladesh got 1 point each.
It is now a little bit tough situation for Australia. If Australia want to play in the Semi-Final, they must win over England. They also have to look forward to other teams. If England win over New Zealand and New Zealand win over Bangladesh then, Australia will approach to Semi-Final. But if Australia loss to England and Bangladesh win over New Zealand then Bangladesh will play Semi-Final. Therefore, all the teams of Group ‘A’ is in a dead position.
Bangladesh 182 (all out) [43.3 Overs]
Tamim Iqbal 95 (114)
Shakib Al Hasan 29 (48)
Mitchell Starc 29/4
Australia 83/1 [16 Overs]
David Warner 40* (44)
Steven Smith 22* (25)
Rubel Hossain 21/1