Captain Smith admits frustration as rain foils Australia

Aware that ominous clouds were gusting in, Australia needed to get off to a fast start to have a chance of winning on the D/L rule if the required 20 overs were bowled. The Australian bowlers were taken to the cleaners by New Zealand batsmen in their previous game and their batsmen too were put under pressure in the chase before rain gods intervened and the match was abandoned.

Iqbal hit six fours and three sixes in his fine 144-ball innings as he gave scant respect of the Australian bowlers who otherwise gave a good account of themselves.

Starc destroyed Bangladesh late in the innings with a sensational death bowling display.

Soumya Sarkar (3) was the first to go in the sixth over at team score of 22 with Josh Hazlewood edging him to Matthew Wade as the opening batsman played without any foot movement. Replays suggested Rahim had actually nicked the ball into his pad but mysteriously he chose not to review.

"It's about trying to get that win to get through to that next stage, but to also try and find a few weak points in some of their players heading into the summer as well".

Bangladesh's sole wicket arrived when Rubel pinged one back onto Finch's pad but Steve Smith quickly restored order, a lifted drive through the covers taking Australia past 50.

Tamim was the standout performer from his side and scored half of the team's entire total alone after Bangladesh elected to bat first. So whatever team we see fit for the next match against Bangladesh at The Oval, we'll look at the conditions there and see what sort of wicket we get.

The rain, however, returned before the field was ready and the match was finally called off around an hour later.

BEST QUOTE - "It was a little bit frustrating obviously not to get a result in". On being asked about the comparison between Australia and England, Mortaza said, "Both the teams have brilliant pace attack were effective with the ball but I feel with more pace and controlled length, Australian bowling attack was better, as we saw Starc picking up four straight wickets in his spell".

"The umpires said it was an 8.30pm start so you have to do what they say". "Everyone that bowled I thought did a pretty good job today", Smith said. "I was happy to keep batting through the rain", he said. But the umpires are there to make a decision. The other two, in the shape of Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc, were mediocre to say the least; picking just two wickets between them. "But to be fair it was raining reasonably hard when we came off", he added.

  • Julie Sanders