No result again gives Australia hopes a cold shower

Posted June 07, 2017

Smith was frustrated but understanding after rain ruined Australia's attempts to chase a target of less than four an over, which was set up by Mitchell Starc's four-wicket haul that saw Bangladesh dismissed for 182 in 44.3 overs.

It looked bleak at The Oval with rain forcing the abandonment of Australia's ICC Champions Trophy pool match with Bangladesh. With Steven Smith (25 not out) solid at the other end, Australia reached 83 for one in 16 overs. Australia's bid to open the Champions Trophy group stage with a win were thwarted by heavy rain against New Zealand on Friday.

As well as the elements, Bangladesh had Tamim Iqbal to thank after he followed up his 128 against England with 95 in south London.

In the end the Tigers failed to build any real momentum and would surely have tasted defeat if not for the weather coming to their rescue.

The Australian fast bowler missed a chance for a hat- trick as he took three wickets in four balls.

As Australia had not faced 20 overs in their innings, the match was abandoned with no result with both sides earning a point. The match is scheduled to begin at 3:00 PM (IST) which means 10:30 AM local time, rains may occur in between the match.

But just like their opening group game against New Zealand, the wet weather proved frustrating for Australia and the match was finally called off 40 minutes before the scheduled close of play.

Bangladesh are yet to garner any points as they were defeated by hosts England in the tournament opener despite putting up a total in excess of 300 runs.

Smith on the umpires taking the teams off: "Of course I didn't want to go off". "The groundsmen, they perhaps could have shown a bit more urgency being a big tournament".

"The nature of this tournament is that every game is basically [a] knockout", said New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, whose superb hundred was trumped by the rain. His six-wicket haul against New Zealand saved Australia from further embarrassment, but the performance will spread the confidence around the rest of their bowling attack that mustered just three wickets, conceding runs at 6.53 in 36 overs. "But I think it's completely different now, two years down the line".

"Finny is one of those guys, and I'd have no hesitation in playing him if we felt it was the right thing to do".

"Since umpires have started giving this type of decisions I hope consistency is maintained; let's see what happens next".

Victory in this fixture would see hosts England into the semi-finals of the 50-over tournament featuring the world's leading eight one-day worldwide teams.

· New Zealand hold the upper hand when it comes to the overall ODI record between these sides; winning 41 to England's 36 (tied two and four no results).