Bangladesh vs Australia match was abandoned due to rain © Getty Images
Bangladesh vs Australia match was abandoned due to rain © Getty Images

In an attempt to keep their hopes alive in the tournament, Australia took on Bangladesh in Group A clash at The Oval. But so far, the ICC Champions Trophy has turned out to be a bittersweet affair for two-time champions. As far as Bangladesh are concerned, this was a do-or-die tie. Electing to bat first, they did manage to play out their innings without any rain interruption much to the jubilation of the fans. It was one-man’s relentless batting that helped Bangladesh reach a mediocre 182 runs: Tamim Iqbal. In reply, Australia were coasting towards a win with David Warner and Steven Smith going all guns blazing. Full Cricket Scorecard: ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Australia vs Bangladesh, Match 5 at The Oval

Australia were placed at 83 for 1 — miles ahead by the DLS — at the end of 16th over, and that is when tragedy struck in the form of rain. Australia still needed to play out 4 overs to constitute a match (20 overs) and attain that much elusive win, but it was not to be as persistent rains meant match to be abandoned.

Let us have look into some of the deifying moments of this rain-affected match.

Josh Hazlewood’s miser spell: Having picked a 6-for in his first game, Hazlewood continued to impress one and all against Bangladesh as well. Hazlewood’s line and length was as immaculate as the great Glenn McGrath’s. His bowling ensured that Bangladesh were not off to a quick start, especially Tamim, who was continuously kept under check.

Hazlewood nabbed Souyma Sarkar for just 3 runs to open the floodgates for his side.

Tamim Iqbal’s uncharacteristic knock: Fresh from a hundred against England, Tamim looked quite perplexed early into this innings. His knock was filled with quite a few mishits. What went in his favour was his tenacity to fight it out in the middle. Tamim secured his 37th ODI fifty in 69 balls, quite slow for his standards.

He did manage to land Travis Head for quite a few sixes past his fifty but again opted for the calmer approach.

Tamim fell tantalising close of a hundred; departing for 114-ball 95.

The ‘Adam Zampa’ show: Being the leading spinner of the side, Zampa patiently waited 34 overs to come into the attack. This is not the first time that Smith has waited for long hours to bring on Zampa into the attack and for the latter to prove his worth.

Starting off with a Yorker, Zampa invited Sabbir Rehman for the expansive drive to which the latter obliged. Sabbir, trying to hit a tossed-up delivery, ended up giving Smith a simple catch at extra cover.

Zampa nabbed his second wicket on the last ball of his 2nd over. Mahmudullah, trying to cut a good length delivery, ended up chopping the ball onto his stumps; unlucky that ball kept low.

Mitchell Starc’s decisive assault: Starc has an uncanny ability to clean up tailenders in a flash. This was witnessed once again when he picked up 4 wickets in space of 9 balls.

Coming on to bowl the 42nd over, Starc picked up Tamim for 95 off a wrongly timed whip-shot.

Seeing the No.8 batsman in the middle, Starc’s eye lit up and he generated raw pace to dismantle Mashrafe Mortaza’s middle stump.

The procession did not stop as he cleaned up Rubel Hossain in the exact same manner on the very next ball. Even though he missed a hat-trick, he ended up drilling the final nail in the coffin by bowling out Mehedi Hasan for 14.

Anxious wait for Australia: Two-time ICC Champions Trophy Champions, Australia’s future was in the hands of rain-gods. Unlike Mumbai Indians, they did not have Nita Ambani’s mother praying for them. Jokes apart, Australia needed just about 4 overs more to happen to win the game and remain in hunt for a semi-final berth.

Time and again the rain kept playing hide and seek, teasing everyone  — players, officials, fans and us, journalists — in a limbo all throughout until it decided enough is enough and showered to an extent that the match was abandoned.