Frustrated Australia looks to set record straight against Bangladesh

Steve Smith confirmed that the team was asked not to leave the team hotel on Saturday

Starc was the pick of the Australian attack after taking four for 29 before Warner passed 4,000 one-day global runs in his 93rd innings, the fastest Australian to do so.

Australia have been plagued by rain since arriving in the United Kingdom, with the only three days of inclement weather they've experienced coming on days when they are playing, with a warm-up against Pakistan also rained off last week.

Smith's frustration was amplified by the fact they were just four overs away from the Duckworth-Lewis method being activated, which would have earned them a crucial two points.

The momentum instantly swung again as Tamim responded with a six and two fours before sealing his own half-century in the 24th over, with his side 90 for three.

In the end the Tigers failed to build any real momentum and would surely have tasted defeat if not for the weather coming to their rescue.

With Australia teetering on the brink of elimination, Starc is not only looking to help his side triumph in their final group stage match, but also send a message to England ahead of the highly-anticipated Ashes series in November.

With this being one of only two day-night games in this year's Champions Trophy, it will be interesting to see what the captains decide to do if they win the toss.

Pace bowler Mitchell Starc was Australia's most effective force with four wickets from his 8.3 overs.

Australia also have 2 points, but with only a game to spare.




"A little bit frustrating", Smith said of that missed opportunity.

Bangladesh, who had to avoid defeat to keep alive any hopes of qualification from Group A, were skittled for 182 but Australia's likely stroll to victory was curtailed by bad weather at 83-1. "But to be fair it was raining quite heavily".

England chased down over 300 easily against Bangladesh last week at The Oval, losing two wickets in the process and Warner said he expects another good batting wicket.

"We can't let that dictate the way we play - we still have to go out and do our thing, be aggressive and take it to the opposition", he said.

A late collapse meant New Zealand's total of 291 was less than it might have been but, even so, Australia had slumped to 53 for three before rain ended the match before the 20 overs required in the second innings to constitute a result had been bowled.

The left-hander achieved the feat against Bangladesh in Match 6 of the tournament where he scored an unbeaten 40 runs in a tie marred by rain.

Bangladesh who was trashed by the host in the tournament opener have to win the match or else they will be heading home earlier than expected. "You know, the groundsmen, they perhaps could have shown a bit more urgency being a big tournament", Smith said after the match.

Despite the washout, Smith was buoyed by the performance of his bowlers, particularly Mitch Starc, who was ultra-impressive taking the final four wickets of the Bangladesh innings in nine balls.

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