Rain rescues Bangladesh hopes

PV Sports Desk : Persistent rain has washed out Bangladesh’s Champions Trophy game against Australia, rescuing the Tigers from certain elimination from the elite global tournament.

After the Tigers chose to bat first, Tamim Iqbal (95) fought a lone battle to help his side post a measly 182 in the Group A tie at The Oval on Monday.

Australia were firmly on course in their chase, cruising to 83-1 in 16 overs before rain swept in. The two-time winners now have had to share the points with opponents for the second straight game after the washout against New Zealand in their opener.

On a windy day in overcast conditions, Australia put Bangladesh top order to the sword before Mitchell Starc (4-29) snuffed out the lower order with four wickets in nine balls.

After Mashrafe Bin Mortaza decided to bat first in the must-win game, Bangladesh top order crumbled early in the innings.