Tuesday, June 6, 2017

ICC Champions Trophy 2017 : Australia vs Bangladesh

At the Oval, Bangladesh against heavyweight Aussies turned out to be a damp squib, - rains washing away a simple Aussie victory.
Bangladesh won the toss & elected to bat, as the sky then looked clear enough for a full match - sensible choice.
The interest in the game was to see if they could last the full quota of 50 overs & also whether they could put up a decent total to fight !! As expected, the Aussie bowlers peppered the batsmen with short stuff, choking them for runs from the very beginning. Zampa, too when brought in the 35th over, was on the mark with his spin & got rich dividends with two quick wickets. Starc cleaned up the innings with a 4 wicket haul, three of which came in the 43rd over. Bangladesh were skittled out for a paltry 182 in just 44.3 overs.
Tamim carried his rich form into this match & played a lone hand, scoring 95 runs & it was sad to see him miss getting back to back hundreds. He looked fluent in his strokes & hit three massive sixes off the spinners along with six boundaries. With his exit the Bangladesh innings folded in a hurry. Every other batsmen struggled.

The Aussie run chase did not actually get off to a flier, but the scoring rate was well ahead at all times. Though Finch got out in the 8th over, there was never a panic with Warner & Smith milking the Bangla attack at will. They were at 83 for 1 in 16 overs, when the sky opened up to bring the game to a grinding halt....agonising wait this, as at this stage Bangladesh praying for the rains to get heavier, while the Aussies begging for just another four overs of play !!! D/L method showing the Aussies way ahead of required runs, but need to bat another four overs to constitute a legitimate game & win in !!
The gloomy English weather prevailed, & showers continued at a steady pace, killing all possibilities of  a restart. Match abandoned & points shared.
Australia now have two points from two games, both abandoned, & frustratingly see their fortunes hanging in thin air for now. Another four overs of play would've given them a certain win. They have to defeat England in the last game to have any chance of making it to the semis. On the other hand Bangladesh have one point form two games & also have to win against New Zealand in their last game - a prospect which looks dim.

Newsflash : Meanwhile, Pakistani bowler Wahab Riaz, who sustained a bad ankle injury during the India match, has been ruled out of the tournament.