Australia, for the second consecutive time, and Bangladesh shared a point each as the fifth match of the continuing ICC Champions Trophy was abandoned due to rain. Batting first, Bangladesh had managed a paltry 182 in 44.3 overs, with Tamim Iqbal contributing more than half of the runs, before intermittent showers began intervention.
The Australian chase was a victim of constant pauses as erratic showers poured on Edgbaston. They had put 83 in 16 overs before umpires called off the contest.
Australia’s first match was of the tournament against New Zealand was also abandoned due to rain.
Bangladesh’s dashing opener Tamim Iqbal knocked on the door of a prestigious club comprising of the batsmen with consecutive hundreds in the Champions Trophy tournaments against Australia. But the left-hander fell five runs short of putting his second triple-digit score of the tournament when he mis-pulled Mitchell Starc’s length ball to the deep fine-leg. Had that came of the middle, Tamim would have become the sixth batsman behind Saeed Anwar (2000), Sourav Ganguly (2000), Upul Tharanga (2006), Chris Gayle (2006), and Shikhar Dhawan (2013) to have two back-to-back Champions Trophy centuries.
Josh Hazlewood’s six-fer against New Zealand in Australia’s first match of the tournament had clouded Mitchell Starc. The first Bangladesh wicket off Hazlewood’s tight deliver, further fogged Starc’s presence. But the left-arm quick made an impact in his final spell by wrapping up the tail in style. He picked up three wickets – including Tamim Iqbal’s, who had scored more than half of Bangladesh’s score – without conceding a run in the 43rd over. He leaked only one in his next over, before dismissing the last man on the third ball.