24 balls was all that stood in the way of Australia chalking up their first win of the Champions Trophy but England’s inclement weather meant Australia’s clash against the host nation becomes a must-win in order for the green and gold to advance to the semi-finals.
Earlier, Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat at The Oval, however it was the Aussie quicks who drew first blood.
Josh Hazlewood struck in the sixth over before wickets to Pat Cummins and Moises Henriques did likewise to have the Tigers at 3-53 in the 17th over.
Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan combined in the middle overs to steady the Tigers as Iqbal went on to score 95 off 114 deliveries.
After Al Hasan departed for 29 in the 30th over, Iqbal failed to receive any real support around him, as the Tigers were bowled out for 182 in the 45th over.
Mitchell Starc cleaned up the tail – and Iqbal – to finish with four wickets while Adam Zampa finished with 2-13 off four overs.
Before the rain hit, David Warner and Aaron Finch got the Aussies off to a solid start before Finch departed with the score on 45. Skipper Steve Smith joined his vice-captain at the crease as the heavens opened shortly after with the Aussies firmly in control at 1-83 after 16 overs.
England host New Zealand tonight in the group’s other game before Smith’s side takes on England on Saturday night (AEST) with a spot in the knock-out stage on the line. The top two sides from each group go through.