Champions Trophy 2017: No result again gives Australia hopes a cold shower

  • Champions Trophy 2017: No result again gives Australia hopes a cold shower

Champions Trophy 2017: No result again gives Australia hopes a cold shower

More bad weather put an end to Australia's hopes of claiming a straightforward Champions Trophy win over Bangladesh as play was brought to a frustrating early end at The Oval.

England will guarentee a semi-final place should they beat New Zealand on Tuesday [6 June] yet the game in the Welsh capital - which hosted the Champions League football final over the weekend - is also expected to be a victim of rain.

Australia were firmly on course in their chase, cruising to 83-1 in 16 overs before rain swept in. Australia was aware that rain was in the air, and it might feel hard done by that they were within four overs of pocketing the two full points, but sometimes, that's how the cookie crumbles.

Australian bowling was so awesome in this match as the line and length at which they were bowling was making it so it was hard for the Bangladeshi batsmen to score runs at a good strike rate. Both Bangladesh and Australia roped in a spinner with the pitch in mind, given that it was the same one that was used for the clash between South Africa and Sri Lanka.

It is the second successive Australia match to fall victim to the weather after their tournament opener against New Zealand was washed out at Edgbaston last Friday.

Ball said: "Its a great feeling, we have one more game against Australia and it will be great to beat them and go unbeaten in the group stage".

After hitting 128 against England in Bangladesh's opening match on Thursday, Tamim was the main man once again, but this time he lacked support and was unable to stop Australia taking control at The Oval.

In reply, after losing Aaron Finch (19) in the eighth over of the innings, Warner and Steve Smith (22*) had added unbeaten 38 runs before rain interrupted the proceedings and play could not resume.

His new ball partner Josh Hazlewood picked up where he left off with six wickets against New Zealand, collecting 1-for-40 from ten immaculate overs after winning an early edge to get Australia going.

"In some respects, this is nearly like a quarterfinal, the Birmingham no-result throwing a spanner in the works a little bit", wrote former New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond in a column for the ICC.

Starc rocketed back to form after a lacklustre first-up effort against New Zealand, scorching the Bangladesh tail-end with searing pace and accuracy and re-discovering his pinpoint yorker to take four wickets in just nine balls. According to our predictions, Australia will win tonight as they are pretty strong based on their recent performance and the past stats. Mitchell Starc was particularly sharp as he took 4 for 29.

Starc said there was continued frustration among the bowling brigade about the white Kookaburra ball not swinging in games, as they had expected it would.

Guptill was involved when New Zealand hammered England by eight wickets in a World Cup group match two years ago.

A brief 69 run stand between Tamim and Shakib Al Hasan (29) helped Bangladesh recover a bit as the in-form opening batsman also went past the 50-run mark, needing 69 deliveries for it. The start the Australians were hoping for never happened and eventually the umpires called off the game by 21:20 local time, forcing the teams to share the points.