ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Results: Australia, Bangladesh Ends in No-Contest

Matt Jones@@MattJFootballFeatured ColumnistJune 5, 2017

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 05:  Groundstaff pull the covers on as rain delays play during the ICC Champions Trophy match between Australia and Bangladesh at The Kia Oval on June 5, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)
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Australia saw their second ICC Champions Trophy game in succession end in a no-contest on Monday, as their match against Bangladesh was abandoned at The Oval in London due to rain.

Batting first, Bangladesh were able to muster a meagre total of 182 before being bowled out; Tamim Iqbal was the only man to provide any resistance with the bat, as he made a determined 95. Mitchell Starc was too hot to handle for the Tigers, as the Aussie picked up four wickets for 29 runs.

In response, Australia got off to a strong start before their chase was interrupted by showers. The umpires did seek to restart play, although Australia's run total of 83 for one wicket from 16 overs wasn't enough to warrant a result when the match was eventually called off.

Here are the matches to come and a reminder of how the action panned out on Monday.

Schedule

Tuesday, June 6: New Zealand vs. England (Group A)

Wednesday, June 7: South Africa vs. Pakistan (Group B)

Thursday, June 8: India vs. Sri Lanka (Group B)

Friday, June 9: New Zealand vs. Bangladesh (Group A)

Saturday, June 10: England vs. Australia (Group A)

Sunday, June 11: India vs. South Africa (Group B)

Monday, June 12: Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan (Group B)

For the full tables and schedule, visit the ICC website

    

Australia vs. Bangladesh

After winning the toss and deciding to bat, Bangladesh had the chance to apply some pressure to Australia. But the Tigers never really got going with the bat, Iqbal aside.

Iqbal fought a lone battle against the Australian bowlers.
Iqbal fought a lone battle against the Australian bowlers.Clive Rose/Getty Images

Indeed, of the top four batsman, only he made a double-figure score, with Soumya Sarkar (three), Imrul Kayes (six) and Mushfiqur Rahim (nine) all falling cheaply. It wasn't until Shakib Al Hasan arrived at the crease that Bangladesh were able to build some kind of partnership.

Iqbal was the bedrock of it. After a century in the previous match against England, he was full of poise again out in the middle, showing the patience and composure that was lacking in his team-mates. 

Commentator Sanjay Manjrekar was full of praise for the Bangladesh star as he moved his team towards a semi-decent score:

The frequent loss of partners at the other end was what hampered Bangladesh, as Starc went about cleaning up the tail.

The left-armer was causing so many problems to the less accomplished batsmen, and of his four wickets, three came in a brutal 43rd over, with Iqbal (95), Mashrafe Mortaza (zero) and Rubel Hossain (zero) all dismissed.

Starc was too hot to handle at the end of the innings.
Starc was too hot to handle at the end of the innings.GLYN KIRK/Getty Images

Per AllOutCricket, it was some pretty ruthless bowling from the Aussie, as he consigned Bangladesh to a meagre 182:

At this stage, the only thing that looked capable of preventing a win for the men in green and gold was the weather. And after a solid start that saw David Warner pass 4,000 ODI runs, the heavens opened in south London with Australia well set on 83 for one.

After a lengthy delay and some improved conditions, a restart time was set for 8:30 p.m. BST. But as we can see courtesy of Sky Sports Cricket, the elements continued to frustrate:

As the rain got heavier again, the decision was made to call off the match.

While Australia were fortunate their game with New Zealand ended in a draw, they will no doubt feel points have slipped by here. It makes the upcoming match with England a must-win contest for the men from down under.