An opportunity has been created for Bangladesh to qualify for the Semi-Finals of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 as the game two between Group A’s Australia and New Zealand turned out as no result at Edgbaston.[বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ উজ্জ্বল হলো বাংলাদেশের সেমিতে ওঠার সম্ভাবনা]
Bangladesh were heavily defeated in their opening game against hosts England at The Oval. The Tigers were defeated by eight wickets as England chased down 306 with 16 balls to spare. Bangladesh have a net run rate of -0.407.
The second game was between Australia and New Zealand who are in the same group. The rain-affected match had a lot of actions. Kane Williamson scored his ninth ODI hundred, Luke Ronchi played a quickfire 65, Josh Hazlewood took 6/52, Adam Milne struck twice in Australia’s chase.
But all those actions went in vain. Rain came to interrupt the match thrice. The match was abandoned and both teams share a point each. This makes the Group A interesting. Before the start of the tournament, this group was known to be ‘group of death’. With this situation, this group will be very exciting to watch.
If Australia or New Zealand had won the game, there were possibilities of three teams getting four points each which takes net run rates into count. But as there is no possibility of it, Bangladesh have an open chance of qualifying for the Semi-Finals.
In this case, Bangladesh will just need to win both their remaining games against Australia and New Zealand. The Tigers will take on the Aussies on June 5 in a day-night game at The Oval. They will face the Blackcaps on June 9 at Edgbaston. If Bangladesh win both, Australia and New Zealand can manage upto 3 points. With 4 points, they don’t even will need to have eyes on other games.
It seems like it will be easy for Bangladesh to earn knockout berth. But wait a second. There is a negative side too. If Bangladesh lose any of their last two games, the tournament will be over for them. So, to surprise the world, Bangladesh must play their best to win these two games.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com