Rain play spoilsport as Australia denied victory

Starc, Australia

In sharp contrast to Australia’s previous game against New Zealand at Edgbaston where Steven Smith’s team found themselves on the fortunate end of a washout, Aussies were forced to share points with Bangladesh at The Oval as their second group clash was abandoned by yet another washout on Monday (June 5).

Australia were cruising along at 83 for 1 after 16 overs when it began to rain, well ahead of the revised score they needed under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method. But the London weather didn’t allow the play to go on for four more overs, which were needed to constitute a match, as both teams were given a point each.

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Earlier, Bangladesh managed a meager 181 after opting to bat first mainly due to Tamim Iqbal’s gritty 95 off 114 balls. He was ultimately dismissed by Mitch Starc five runs short of what would have his first century against Australia. None of the other batsmen could manage to pass the 30-run mark as Australia’s pace battery rattled Bangladesh batting line-up.

Mitchell Starc was the pick of the bowlers for Australia as he bagged four wickets, including three in a triple-wicket maiden over.

With 2 points from 2 games, Australia will now have to beat tournament favorites England at Edgbaston in their last group game on Saturday to secure a place in the next round. Bangladesh, who have only one point so far from two outings, are not yet out of the multi-team event.

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Match Summary:

Bangladesh 182 in 44.3 overs (Tamim Iqbal 95, Mitchell Starc 4-29) v Australia 83 for 1 in 16 overs (No Result)

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