Australia put up an improved performance but rain has the final word

Sport360 staff 01:52 06/06/2017

Australia were left frustrated after their Champions Trophy match against Bangladesh was abandoned due to rain at the Kennington Oval, London on Monday.

This is the second successive match for Australia that has been washed out at the tournament so far, which means that they have two points on the board from two games while Bangladesh have one point.

While the Aussies would have considered themselves fortunate to have got a point against New Zealand, they will be disappointed that they weren’t able to get a result here as they looked in complete control of the match.

When the rain came down, Australia were 83-1 in 16 overs, chasing a target of 183. Only four more overs were required to get a result via the D/L/S method, but it wasn’t to be.

Earlier, a much-improved bowling display from Australia saw them bowl out Bangladesh for 182. Tamim Iqbal was the most impressive of the batsmen for the Tigers once again as he fell just five runs short of a second hundred in the tournament.

Mitchell Starc looked to be back to his best as he took the Bangladesh lower-order to the cleaners, taking four wickets as the Asian side went from 181-6 to 182 all out.

Leg-spinner Adam Zampa, who came into the Australian playing eleven after being left out for the fixture against New Zealand, registered bowling figures of 2-13 from four overs.


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