CT 2017: Rain Washes Out Australia-Bangladesh Tie

Doug Mendoza
June 7, 2017

And just as they announced a restart would take place at 8.30pm, the rain began again and Australia is now facing a must-win clash against England at Edgbaston on Saturday to guarantee progression to the finals.

The abandonment means Australia have two points to their name from two Group A matches, while Bangladesh have just one following their opening loss to England and would have been eliminated with a defeat in London. The two-time winners now have had to share the points with opponents for the second straight game after the washout against New Zealand in their opener. I think it brings the best out of a lot of our players. But the umpires are there to make a decision.

Regulations state 20 overs must be completed to activate the Duckworth-Lewis method, which would nearly certainly have ruled in Australia's favour, but only 16 were played meaning the spoils were shared.

Yet we have the farcical situation where, unless the rain stops long enough for them to be able to schedule another four overs (none of which will be bowled), the match is declared a no-result.

However, it never materialised and England cruised to victory after bowling out New Zealand for 223 inside 45 overs having posted 310 having been put in to bat.

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The hosts will be full of confidence after two dominant wins in the tournament to date, while Australia will be coming off back-to-back wash outs and with limited time spent at the crease.

"I love watching Warner bat", said Jones.

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.

"We did some very good things in that last game, and it was unfortunate the rain came when it did". Obviously, it was a warm wicket today, so we had to change out lengths a little bit.

Leg-spinner Adam Zampa, who came into the Australian playing eleven after being left out for the fixture against New Zealand, registered bowling figures of 2-13 from four overs.

'They were one of the favourites going into the tournament and proved that against us that day in Wellington, ' Morgan recalled ahead of Tuesday's match in Cardiff.

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