Smith frustrated by yet another Champions Trophy washout

Saturday, 10 Jun, 2017

Australia endured frustration in their opening encounter after their match against New Zealand was washed out while Bangladesh's defeat to England means they need a win here to keep any hopes of qualification alive. The match will also serve as a precursor to the upcoming Ashes series Down Under.

Australia were well ahead of the par score according to the Duckworth/Lewis method but with 83/1 in 16 overs rain played the spoilsport.

Ironically it is only one of two day-night games to be played in the tournament and had the match started in the morning, then it would have produced a result. Australia are now second in the group with two points from as many matches.

"Although it is a little bit frustrating"."We were playing some good cricket and it would have been good to see how the game unfolded". "So for us now it's just about making sure that we're playing each game like a final and winning the next two", Smith said.

A classy 95 from opener Tamim Iqbal held together the Bangladesh innings before he became Starc's first victim, with Josh Hazlewood taking a running catch in the deep.

Coming back from a magnificent hundred in the previous game against England, the southpaw made a brilliant 95 against Australia in the second league match of the tournament.

The 28-year old from Sydney also said that his team has absolutely no margin for error as the unit looks to kick start their Champions Trophy campaign against Bangladesh today. However, rain gods are likely to affect this match as well.

They have just two points in the standings, meaning they must beat England in Birmingham on Saturday to have any chance of advancing to the semifinals.

Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wicketkeeper), Tamim Iqbal Mohammad Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Soumya Sarkar, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Imrul Kayes, Mehedi Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Sunzamul Islam and Shafiul Islam.

Nearly 12 years back on English soil, an unfamiliar Bangladesh toppled world champions Australia in one of the most memorable wins for the then Asiatic minnows. Mitchell Starc was too hot to handle for the Tigers, as the Aussie picked up four wickets for 29 runs.

The frequent loss of partners at the other end was what hampered Bangladesh, as Starc went about cleaning up the tail. During his knock, Warner achieved the milestone of scoring 4000 runs in the ODIs, the fastest Australian to do so in his 93rd innings.

Only South Africa's Hashim Amla and West Indies legend Viv Richards hit that milestone quicker than Warner's 93 innings.