Australia Look To Make Amends Against Bangladesh
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 5:46
Bangladesh managed to avoid their second consecutive loss in the Champions Trophy, as rain-gods proved to be their saviour and the match against Australia was called off. Australia needed 100 more runs to register their first win of the tournament but rain arrived with the team's score at 83/1 in 16 overs.
"I think in the middle patches of the match, we couldn't get any wickets, that's also a (key) point", he said. I was happy to keep playing through the rain. It had started to rain, though, towards the end of the Bangladesh innings and when the players walked off for the innings break.
"Their batsmanship is ridiculously unbelievable, they know the game inside out and it's a master class when they get going".
"But to be fair, it was raining reasonably hard when we did come off, yeah".
On both occasions it was Australia who were batting in the second innings but rain stopped the match. But I think the way we responded as a group was very positive.
Travis Head (1-33) provided Australia with the breakthrough, trapping Shakib LBW and from there on, Bangladesh batting capitulated with only Tamim showing some resilience.
"The equation is pretty simple for us now".
"For us, it is about winning every game and obviously, we're disappointed that the weather played its role".
Smith went onto emphasize on the fact that his team had to play well in order to advance further in the competition and treat every game like a final. The teams took a point apiece, a result that most benefits Group A rivals England.
Smith was frustrated with the sloppy bowling, but he refused to reveal whether he would make changes to the line-up to face Bangladesh.
Way back in 2005, the Australians were on the receiving end as Bangladesh beat them by 5 wickets in an ODI in Cardiff, causing one of the greatest upsets of recent times.
Kiwi opener Martin Guptill says the result won't mean any change to the way New Zealand approach their match against England on Wednesday (NZT).
The southpaw Australia pacer Mitchell Starc picked up three wickets in a single over by first getting rid of a well-set Tamim Iqbal and then removed Mashrafe Mortaza (0) and Rubel Hossain (0) back-to-back to rattle Bangladesh's tail. "This time we've got a straight chance, even though we have to beat New Zealand". Now, in Group B, India is sitting at the top of the point table.