Rain gives Bangladesh hope

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Rain gives Bangladesh hope

Rain gives Bangladesh hope

Quamrul Hassan: Rain spoiled another Champions Trophy match on Monday as the game between Bangladesh and Australia was washed out, much to the dismay of the Aussie fans.

Australia looked set to clinch an easy win, making 83 for 1 at the end of 16 overs in their chase of 183, but rain did not let that happen.

It meant both of Australia’s games in the tournament so far have been abandoned due to rain, they getting a point against New Zealand from a disadvantageous position and then this share of spoils with Bangladesh.

However, it does not bode well for the Aussies as they run the risk of being knocked out of the tournament.

If they win the game against archrivals England, they have nothing to worry, but if Bangladesh beat New Zealand and England win their two remaining matches, against Australia and New Zealand, the Aussies are out, with Bangladesh going through.

David Warner was unbeaten on 40 while Steven Smith not out on 22 when the rain struck. The fall of opener Aaron Finch was the only Bangladesh success, Rubel Hossain trapping him leg before on 19.

Winning the toss, skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza opted to bat first, only to be dismayed by his top-order barring Tamim, who continued his brilliant form to make 95.

The trio of Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes and Mushfiqur Rahim failed to reach double digits while Tamim kept on the fight, briefly aided by Shakib Al Hasan's 29.

Tamim was unlucky to miss his second consecutive century, but his 95, made with six fours and three sixes in 114 balls, will prove to be priceless.

Pacer Mitchell Starc bagged four wickets for only 29 to be the tormentor-in-chief for the Tigers while Adam Zampa bagged a brace.