Glenn Maxwell targets Bangladesh bowlers in must-win Champions Trophy clash
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 11, 2017,
Jun 11, 2017, 21:47
Australia were firmly on course in their chase, cruising to 83-1 in 16 overs before rain swept in.
However, Starc, who was back to his menacing best as he took 4-29 as Bangladesh were skittled for 182 at The Oval on Monday, said the world champions would love nothing more than to bring Eoin Morgan's side down a peg or two.
If the clouds in London had a silver lining for Australia, it was that they put in a much-improved performance, bowling Bangladesh out inside 45 overs as all of their bowlers proved more accurate than they had been against New Zealand.
"In today's match Australia was far ahead of us, but in the last match against New Zealand, Australia were in the same position [as us] so you can't do anything with the weather", Mortaza said.
Here, they had the upper hand as they calmly moved towards Bangladesh's total.
Only South Africa's Hashim Amla and West Indies legend Viv Richards hit that milestone quicker than Warner's 93 innings.
Australia captain Steve Smith: "It's a little bit frustrating not to get a result in".
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.
Two soft leg before decisions ripped out the veteran heart of the Bangladesh middle order the first should have been reviewed with replays showing a faint inside edge onto Mushfiqur Rahim's pad, the second was reviewed and needn't have been with Shakib-al-Hasan (29) plumb.
Josh Hazlewood snared the wicket of Soumya Sarkar (3) with a length delivery before Imrul Kayes (6) was too slow for Pat Cummins pace off the pitch, sending an easy catch to cover.
"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". Kept out of the attack by Smith until the 35th over, he claimed two wickets in 11 balls to set up the tail for left-armer Starc.
The "no result" benefited Bangladesh as a loss today would have knocked them out of the tournament.
Rubel Hossain briefly stemmed the tide when the Bangladesh seamer dismissed Finch lbw with an inswinger the opener couldn't handle as he played across his pads. "I think it makes the equation pretty simple for us", Smith said. It was Australia's second consecutive no-result, and their hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals now hang on Saturday's game against England at Edgbaston.
"But I think they did the best job they could, and the umpires said it was an 8.30 start, so you've got to do what the umpires say".