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Rain denies Australia a win against Bangladesh

Australia-Bangladesh players walking off after rain stopped play
Australia-Bangladesh players walking off after rain stopped play

Bangladesh 182 (Tamim 95) v
Australia 83-1 (Warner 40no)
No Result
5th match, Champions Trophy, The Oval

Heavy and continuous rain for 150 minutes ended Australia's hopes of registering their maiden victory in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 tournament as only 16 overs were possible in the second innings of the fifth game against Bangladesh at The Oval.

Chasing a moderate target of 183 runs, Australia were cruising at 83 for one from 16 overs. Even though they were well ahead in the DLS total, relentless rain ensured the minimum of 20 overs needed to complete a game did not happen.

Earlier, Bangladesh won the toss and decided to bat first. Tamim Iqbal (95) looked positive from the outset, scoring three boundaries in the first five overs but regular fall of wickets at the other end including that of Soumya Sarkar (3), Imrul Kayes (6) and Mushfiqur Rahim (9) dented his momentum.

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.

Travis Head (1-33) provided Australia with the breakthrough, trapping Shakib LBW and from there on, Bangladesh batting capitulated with only Tamim showing some resilience. The veteran batsman's lone fight was ended by Mitchell Starc (4-29), leaving him five runs short of a deserving century.

Bangladesh were eventually bowled out for 182 with Starc being the pick of Australian bowlers with a four wicket haul while Adam Zampa (2-13) had two wickets in four overs as well.

With rain arriving at the end of the first innings, the start of the chase was delayed a bit. Both David Warner (40 not out) and Aaron Finch (19) showed a lot of intent when the play resumed as they raced to 40 for naught in seven overs before the latter was trapped LBW by Rubel Hossain (1-21).

In the 14th over, Warner went past 4,000 runs in ODIs - the fastest Australian to do so. With Steven Smith (25 not out) solid at the other end, Australia reached 83 for one in 16 overs.

As the intensity of rain increased, the umpires took players off the field with four more overs needed to constitute a result. 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.

As a result, Australia are struck with two points in two games with both ending in no result while Bangladesh have opened their account in the tournament after losing the opening game to England.

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