Incessant rain has Australia's campaign hanging by a thread
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 9:09
Chasing 183, Australia reached 83-1 before rain arrived after 16 overs - four short of the number needed for a result.
Smith's frustration was amplified by the fact they were just four overs away from the Duckworth-Lewis method being activated, which would have earned them a crucial two points.
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 Australian bowlers received a severe thrashing at the hands of New Zealand batsmen in their last match so this time there is some expectation from Bangladesh at the same time this is so now perhaps Australia will be displaying their talents!
Mashrafe Mortaza, Bangladesh's captain, was nevertheless happy that his team remained alive in the tournament and referenced the point gained from a similar abandonment against Australia in the 2015 World Cup - when they qualified from the group stage at England's expense - as reason to be optimistic.
The Bangladesh batsmen didn't look too rusty against England in the opening game of CT 2017, but, in the end, the home team's batting power proved to be too much for them.
On both occasions it was Australia who were batting in the second innings but rain stopped the match.
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.
Bangladesh started their campaign with a defeat against England.
Which he missed by a matter of centimetres as another yorker somehow crept past the base of Mustafizur Rahman's off-stump, the Aussie quick having to settle for a three-wicket maiden instead.
All his wickets came in the space of nine balls, including three scalps in four deliveries. That said, he did rather well to dispatch the opposition bowlers into the stands despite the Australian bowlers heeding to their captain's call from their tournament opener and pulling up their socks rather ably.
After the Tigers chose to bat first, Tamim Iqbal (95) fought a lone battle to help his side post a measly 182 in the Group A tie at The Oval on Monday.
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.