Australia, Bangladesh share points after Brisbane washout
21 February 2015, Nirapad News: A cyclone which crossed the coast north of Brisbane on Friday caused heavy rain for two days. Organizers finally decided to cancel the match at 4:45 p.m. local time, more than three hours after the scheduled start.
Australia and Bangladesh shared a point each as the World Cup 2015 pool A match between the two teams at the Gabba on Saturday was washed out without a ball being bowled.
Cylone Marcia brought torrential rain to the Brisbane area, where locals were advised to stock up on supplies, and the downpour killed the contest.
Both teams were awarded a point each, and are now level on three points from two matches behind early leaders New Zealand (six points from three).
Today’s non-result in Brisbane also potentially adds additional spice to Bangladesh’s upcoming clash with struggling England in Adelaide on March 9, as Eoin Morgan’s team face the real prospect of missing out on the quarter-final stage given they (along with Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Scotland) are yet to register a win in Pool A.
Bangladesh now may only need to pull off one upset win to make the quarter-finals.
Australia will travel to New Zealand on Sunday to prepare for their game in Auckland next Saturday, which will be the Aussies’ first hit out for two weeks.
But nobody wanted the Australia and Bangladesh match to go ahead more than Australian captain Michael Clarke, who missed his team’s 111-run drubbing of England last week and has only played a warm-up against the United Arab Emirates since sustaining a hamstring injury back in December.
The Bangladesh fixture was the deadline issued by selectors for the batsman to prove his fitness and Clarke had told the pre-match news conference he was raring to go.
“I’ll put a lot of faith in my preparation and the work that I’ve done over the last eight-and-a-half weeks and I’m really confident that I’m a hundred percent fit to walk out on that field and help the team have success,” he said.
Bangladesh next plays Sri Lanka in Melbourne next Thursday.