Downpour collapsed the match between Australia and Bangladesh such that it slogged even short for a D/L method result. The match was heavier on Australia’s side and four more overs could have brought a victory. Australia’s chase was alive for 16 overs where the team scored 83, at the rate of 5.18 runs per over. Bangladesh put up the target of 182 with a wobbly batting order. Australia gained single points off both the games, reeling with two points. They now have only a single match to decide the fate for semi-final phase. The team will tussle against Bangladesh in its upcoming group fixture.
Bangladesh had a fair play in the first inning. Tamim Iqbal batted exceptionally well. However, he was a loner in the batting line-up with no support. Iqbal scored 95 off 114 balls. The best partnership stretch in the inning was with Shakib Al-Hassan bringing down 69, in more than 13 overs. The batsman was on crease for 43 overs. Al-Hassan was removed early in the 30 overs at the score of 29. Adam Zampa took down two wickets in consecutive overs, but Mitchell Starc toppled four wickets scalping the lower order. The last wickets were taken in the space of nine balls, including Starc’s hat-trick.
There was slight drizzle by the end of Bangladesh’s inning, which delayed the chase a bit. Australia set off strong with a brisk partnership inning of 7.5 overs from David Warner and Aaron Finch. Rubel Hussein trapped Finch bringing Smith into the crease. Adding 40 in the inning, Warner came out as the fastest Australian to reach the 4000 ODI runs. Smith came up with his strategy to block some deliveries from Mashrafe Mortaza to reach 20 overs. But, it could have brought the winning runs otherwise. Until downpours began, Smith and Warner partnered for an unbeaten stretch of 38 runs.
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