Rain lashes Australia's Champions Trophy chances

Posted June 10, 2017

It meant both of Australia's games in the tournament so far have been abandoned due to rain, they getting a point against New Zealand from a disadvantageous position and then this share of spoils with Bangladesh. The 30-year-old is one of the lynchpins of the Australian line-up playing the Champions Trophy and his contribution would be vital if Australia are to beat England and make a case for the semi-final.

Four more overs needed to be played for a result to take place but Bangladesh slowed down the over-rate by bowling only pacers towards the end.

Australia opener David Warner says the lure of a long-awaited return to home soil is not creeping into the mindset of the players as they prepare for tonight's Champions Trophy clash with Bangladesh.

Both sides will take a point, with England still top of the group. But Australia could do with the points too after their opener, against New Zealand at Edgbaston on Friday, fell foul of the weather.

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When asked whether Australia can save their Champions Trophy campaign, Starc pointed out that his country's win-loss record in situations like this reads favourably as they have won eight out of 12 matches that have been bilateral series deciders or knockout games in major tournaments. They had lost to England in their opening fixture on June 1. Aaron Finch was the Australian batsman out for 19. He started today 36 runs short of the milestone.

Seamers Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Moises Henriques all picked up wickets inside the first 17 overs to put Bangladesh on 53-3.

Starc quickly then removed Mehedi Hasan and bundled Bangladesh for 182 in 44.3 overs.

Bangladesh became bogged down and their only ray of light was Tamim, who hit a six and two fours before sealing his own half-century in the 24th over, with his side 90 for three.

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Bangladesh opted to bat despite the gloomy overhead conditions, and would have been confident of posting a good score after their impressive antics against England. His 69-run stand for the fourth wicket with Shakib Al Hasan (29) was the only substantial partnership for the Bangladesh side with only three batsmen reaching to double digit figures.

Consecutive yorkers to dismiss Mashrafe Mortaza and Rubel set up a hat-trick but the ball somehow swung beyond the stumps, before Starc ended the innings just five balls later to finish with 4-29.

Adam Zampa had to wait until after the 34th over before getting on to bowl but picked up two wickets quickly before Mitchell Starc (4/29) ran through the tail with ruthless efficiency with the Tigers slumping to 182 all out.

Bangladesh reached 171/6 at the end of 40th over and it was left to Iqbal to accelerate the innings in the last 10 overs.

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