21 February 2015
Bangladesh gains from rained-out contest
Nothing less than a win will do for Australia against New Zealand next Saturday if it is to top the group
Many inches of rain in Brisbane over the past few days that there was far more chance of organising a sailing regatta than a cricket match.
Of all the contests at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 so far, the one between Australia and Bangladesh in Brisbane on Saturday (February 21) was, perhaps, the most lop-sided, with the host starting out as the clear favourite.
But there have been so many inches of rain in Brisbane over the past few days that there was far more chance of organising a sailing regatta than a cricket match. And Bangladesh, which had never played at the Gabba before, leaves Brisbane with an unexpected point and the knowledge that victory against Sri Lanka, England or New Zealand will almost certainly guarantee it a quarterfinal place.
As for Australia, it now knows that nothing less than a win will do at Eden Park in Auckland next Saturday (February 28) against New Zealand, their co-host, if it is to top the group.
The washout also meant that it would take another week for it to be confirmed whether George Bailey, who led Australia in their opening match against England, would be dropped from the XI in order to accommodate Michael Clarke on his return from a hamstring injury.
Bangladesh, which has now made its best start to a World Cup, head to Melbourne and a contest against Sri Lanka. It will mark its first appearance at cricket's greatest amphitheatre, and it will hope that, unlike in Brisbane, the rain and storms stay well away.
Please click here to review the match in full in the ICC Match Centre, watch all the video clips from the game, review the scorecard and all of the match coverage.
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