Champions Trophy, Australia disappointed as rain ends Bangladesh match

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Rain frustrated Australia and kept Bangladesh’s Champions Trophy hopes alive as their Group A match was abandoned at The Oval.

Chasing 183, Australia reached 83-1 before rain arrived after 16 overs – four short of the number needed for a result.

Tamim Iqbal made 95 in Bangladesh’s 182 all out as Mitchell Starc took four wickets in nine balls.

Both sides will take a point, with England still top of the group.

Australia, who benefited from the rain during their opening match against New Zealand, will have been disappointed at the abandonment as they were on top when the rain arrived.

Their fast bowlers, who were criticised by captain Steve Smith after the first game, provided pace and accuracy to restrict Bangladesh before they made a composed start with the bat.

Both sides can still qualify for the semi-finals, with Bangladesh set to play New Zealand on Friday, while Australia face England on Saturday.

Rain ends Australia’s charge

Against New Zealand, Australia were wobbling at 53-3 after nine overs and were struggling to deal with the pace bowlers when rain ended play.

Here, they had the upper hand as they calmly moved towards Bangladesh’s total.

Despite losing Aaron Finch to Rubel Hossain, opener David Warner – a batsman who has added a calmer element to his game in the last 18 months – accumulated sensibly, passing 4,000 career ODI runs.

Warner is the fastest Australian to reach the landmark and the third fastest overall, after South Africa’s Hashim Amla and West Indies legend Viv Richards.

Ably supported by Smith, Australia got themselves into prime position, before the rain intervened. They were briefly set a revised target of 166 from 43 overs, but further rain brought a halt to proceedings at 21:21 BST.

Bangladesh opted to bat despite the murky overhead conditions, and would have been confident of posting a good score after their impressive antics against England.

Australia’s bowlers found the rhythm that had been missing against New Zealand, and Tamim – who made a century against England on Thursday – seemed to be the only player able to control the bowlers.

He took 16 runs from a Moises Henriques over, launching the ball into the crowd for six before striking boundaries to either side of the ground.

His half-century – his 37th in ODI cricket – saw him loosen his feet and he struck spinner Travis Head for two sixes to move within touching distance of a second century.

Despite cameos from Shakib al Hasan (29) and Mehedi Hasan Miraz (14), once Iqbal top-edged a short delivery from Starc, it felt like a matter of time before Bangladesh’s innings came to a close.

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