Rains frustrates Australia yet again but gives one free point to Bangladesh and keep their hopes alive in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017

It’s the rain that is following Australia in this year’s ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Poor Australia, their one more match gets abandoned due to rain.  This time it is against Bangladesh at The Kennington Oval in London.

In match number 5, Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat first. This decision of the Bangla captain went horribly wrong when they lost their 3 wickets for just 53 runs.

It’s the failure of Bangladesh opener Soumya Sarkar and the number 3 batsman Imrul Kayes that hurt Bangladesh again. This time Sarkar scored 3 and Kayes contributed with just 6 runs.

Bangladesh’s experience batsman Mushifiqur Rahim played well against England; unfortunately, he was too dismissed for just 9 runs by Henriques.

Then it was steady partnership between their star all-rounder Shakib AL Hasan and reliable opener Tamim Iqbal. Their partnership was in control until Shakib got out to a part-time spin bowler Travis Head for 29 runs.

Then it was flurry of wickets that hurt Bangladesh, fortunately their opener Tamim Iqbal was still there and he was fighting a alone battle for his team.

Iqbal scored his 2nd fifty in this Champions Trophy and he was looking good to score another hundred. He played a gem of an innings against England in the opening match and now against Australia he is playing a fighting innings.

Due to a quick loss of wickets at the other end, Iqbal was under pressure. Bangladesh middle order didn’t fire at all. Apart from Shakib AL Hasan’s 29 no batsmen scored runs in double figures.

Adam Zampa picked up Shabbir Rahaman and Mahmudullah quickly and then it was a great show of fast bowling by Mitchell Starc.

First he dismissed Tamim Iqbal for well made 95 and then he clean bold Mashrafe Mortaza, Rubel Hossain and Mendi Hasan in his next over. He took a triple wicket maiden and dumped Bangladesh for just 182 in 44.3 overs.

Australia was set a target of 183 to win this match. This was an easy one but the Aussies started of cautiously. Their openers David Warner and Aaron Finch were very watchful of the Bangladeshis.

However Finch innings couldn’t last for long, Rubel Hossain caught him plumb in front for 19 and then Skipper Steve Smith and David Warner batted well until the rain gods made this as a no result game.

Bangladesh thanked the rains because they could have lost this game and it would have been their 2nd loss in a row but it was a frustrating day for Australia.

Now the Australians will want to win their last game against England on 10th of June at Edgbaston. If they loss they would be out of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

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