Starc restricts Bangladesh to 182 at Oval
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 6:37
Smith was frustrated but understanding after rain ruined Australia's attempts to chase a target of less than four an over, which was set up by Mitchell Starc's four-wicket haul that saw Bangladesh dismissed for 182 in 44.3 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.
Two no-results have left Australia on two points, still second in the group but set to be overtaken by the victor of Bangladesh-New Zealand on Friday.
The 28-year-old looked vulnerable against the short ball as he compiled a watchful fifty off 69 balls, curbing his attacking instincts against an Australian attack bowling with greater discipline than they had in their abandoned match against New Zealand.
Australia now have two points from as many matches and they will now have to win their last Group A match against England on June 10 to qualify for the semifinals. Bangladesh stay in contention, just, despite their opening loss to England.
The opener followed up his excellent hundred in the match against England with a patient, gritty knock as he watched wickets tumble at the other end.
"I think once they get out in the middle, things will just click into place, and yeah, hopefully we can play well in Birmingham".
Bangladesh are leaving too much on opener Tamim Iqbal's plate with the rest providing nearly no support at all.
Unfortunately for Australia, who bowled out Bangladesh for 182, the rain became heavier and the match was called off at 2019 GMT.
"It would have been nice to get some warm-up matches in there. but it's nice to get some time in the legs".
The record for the fastest-ever cricketer to 4000 ODI runs is now held by South Africa's Hashim Amla, who broke the 4000-run barrier in 81 innings on December 8, 2013, against India.
Bangladesh's sole wicket arrived when Rubel Hossain pinged one back onto Finch's pad but captain Steve Smith quickly restored order, a lifted drive through the covers taking Australia past 50.
Tamim Iqbal has been in red-hot form, in the first game he got to a century, 128 to be precise, still ended up on the losing side.
Clouds hover over The Oval during the clash between Australia and Bangladesh.
Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan attempted to steady the boat, adding 69 runs between them.