Brisbane, Australia (BBN)-Of all the contests at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 so far, the one between Australia and Bangladesh in Brisbane on Saturday 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, reports ICC.
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 heads 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.
BBN/AS-21Feb15-4:30pm (BST)