The weather played spoil sport in the ICC Cricket World Cup on Saturday when the Group A match between Australia and Bangladesh was abandoned due to heavy rain.
Rain plays spoilsport
The Australia vs Bangladesh clash was scheduled to be held at the Brisbane Cricket Ground. There was heavy rain overnight and it continued through the day, forcing the officials to call off the match.
It is only the second World Cup match to be completely washed out by rain. The first one happened in 1979 when the Sri Lanka vs West Indies tie was abandoned.
Both sides will be rewarded with one point each, as a result of the match being abandoned. Australia now have three points from two matches, and so do Bangladesh. However, the hosts are a step ahead of Bangladesh in the points table thanks to their better run rate.
Michael Clarke’s return delayed
Australian captain Michael Clarke was supposed to return for the Australia vs Bangladesh match but apparently he will have to wait. Clarke has been out of competitive international action since December, and is on the recovery path after a hamstring injury.
Australia’s next match will be against arch rivals New Zealand at Auckland on February 28 2015. Bangladesh, on the other hand, will face Sri Lanka at Melbourne on February 26.
Pool A standings
New Zealand currently lead the standings with six points from their three games. Australia and Bangladesh are close behind, with three points from two games each. Meanwhile Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Scotland and England are yet to register a point.
Summary – Australia vs Bangladesh
Australia were the favorites to win the match and they will be disappointed with the washout. Meanwhile, Bangladesh will be happy with the one point they got as it keeps them in the running for a quarter final spot.