CT 2017: Australia bundle out Bangladesh for 182
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 06, 2017,
Jun 06, 2017, 7:58
They they were bowled out for 182 by Australia and then looked set to lose with their opponents handily placed 100 runs from victory with nine wickets in hand and 34 overs remaining when the rain came down.
Regulations state 20 overs must be completed to activate the Duckworth-Lewis method, which would nearly certainly have ruled in Australia's favour, but only 16 were played meaning the spoils were shared.
Heavy rain forced the players off the field, however, and after delaying a decision over whether to wait for the downpours to pass it was decided that the points would have to be shared.
Australia might have to beat England on Saturday to advance to the semifinals.
Bangladesh were all out for 182 in 44.3 overs. "Everyone on the Australian cricket team is accounted for, and ... the security at this time involving the ICC are happy that we continue to progress through this tournament".
Despite his limited preparation after a long recovery from a fractured foot in March, and the stop-start nature of the tournament, Starc said he felt like his best bowling was nearly there.
"It's a bit frustrating, obviously not to get a result in", Smith said.
"Of course I didn't want to go off".
Australia earned a single point from the first match of their campaign against New Zealand which had to be abandoned due to rain.
"I play the same way whoever I'm batting with".
"You know, had we kept on - if the game had just carried on, perhaps they may have had a different opinion".
Ironically it is only one of two day-night games to be played in the tournament and had the match started in the morning, then it would have produced a result.
There has been no suggestion the Australians' match against Bangladesh at The Oval will be cancelled. Bangladesh managed only 60 more before being bowled out as the rain found the right time to come down harder in London. But in the last match, against New Zealand, I think Australia were in the same position.
"And it was nice that we were able to turn things around from the way things went in the first game against New Zealand".
However, Hazlewood was in form as well after taking six wickets against New Zealand and he struck the first blow for Australia in the sixth over when he exposed Soumya Sarkar's leaden footwork, inducing an edge behind to wicketkeeper Matthew Wade.