Rain keeps alive Bangladesh hopes


England have two points, same as the Aussies, while the Kiwis and the Tigers have a point each to their credit

Rain kept alive Bangladesh’s hopes of qualifying for the 2017 Champions Trophy semi-finals as their match against Australia at Kennington Oval on Monday got abandoned.
When rain intervened, Australia were batting on 83 runs for the loss of one wicket in 16 overs. And following incessant rain, the umpires decided to call off the game as both the Aussies and the Tigers were awarded one point each.
Ahead of host England’s game against New Zealand on Tuesday at Sophia Gardens, the group makes for interesting viewing. England have two points, same as the Aussies, while the Kiwis and the Tigers have a point each to their credit. As things stand, all the four teams have the opportunity of progressing to the last four.
Earlier on Monday, despite going in with a heavy batting line-up and opting to bat under overcast conditions, Bangladesh batsmen, with the exception of Tamim Iqbal, displayed a poor show against Australia, posting a small total of 182 before losing all of their wickets in 44.3 overs.
The team management made one change, including Mehedi Hasan Miraz in place of Mosaddek Hossain. However, the tweak did not work out well for the Tigers.
From Soumya Sarkar to Imrul Kayes, everyone struggled against some quality bowling from the Aussies.
Soumya was caught behind off the bowling of Josh Hazlewood after scoring just three. Tamim though remained strong at the other end, much like the tournament opener against England.
The left-hander smashed two magnificent boundaries; First, a wonderful straight drive while coming down the track and later, smashing a square cut in the fifth over, bowled by Mitchell Starc.

Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal flays one on way to his 95 DHAKA TRIBUNE
The Tigers remained quiet even after the first power play, batting on 37/1. Imrul Kayes, who struggled to middle the ball properly, eventually gifted a simple catch to point off the bowling of Pat Cummins after scoring only six.
In came Mushfiqur Rahim who totally misjudged the line of the delivery from Moises Henriques to get trapped in front for only nine.
However, Shakib al Hasan looked solid from the onset as he opened his account with a cracking square cut off Henriques. But Shakib was lucky after Glenn Maxwell dropped him following a well timed shot. Shakib was batting on 12 and the unlucky bowler was Henriques.
Tamim and Shakib started to rebuild the initial damage as the Tigers reached 100 in the 27th over. Tamim soon tucked one to long on to reach his fifty from 69 balls.
Shakib, who was playing well, was surprisingly given leg before wicket by umpire Nigel Llong when he came down the pitch off the bowling of Travis Head. Shakib made 29 and added 69 for the fourth wicket with Tamim. Shakib did go for the review but third umpire Ian Gould decided to uphold Llong’s decision.
Adam Zampa was introduced into the attack in the 35th over and immediately took the wicket of Sabbir Rahman. He was dismissed in soft fashion, giving a simple catch to cover after scoring eight.
Mahmudullah also followed soon after, having made eight, to the same bowler.
The weekday Oval crowd was eagerly waiting for Tamim’s back-to-back hundred in the Champions Trophy only to be disappointed.
Tamim, who fell just five runs short of his 10th hundred and first against Australia, was dismissed when he pulled a short Starc delivery to the throat of the fielder stationed at deep square leg. He made 95 off 114 balls with half a dozen fours and three sixes.
Following Tamim’s departure, Bangladesh lost their last three wickets in the span of just one run. Starc picked up two in a row and was on a hat-trick when the Tigers were bundled out for a low total.
Starc was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4/29 from his 8.3 overs while Zampa bagged two wickets for the bowling side.
Australia 83/1 in 16 overs (Warner 40*, Rubel 1/21) v Bangladesh 182 in 44.3 overs (Tamim 95, Starc 4/29)
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