Match Over - England won by 40 runs + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: England, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
  • Referee: AJ Pycroft
  • When: 10 Jun 2017, 11:30 SAST
  • Winner: England
  • Man of the Match: BA Stokes


  • Umpire1: HDPK Dharmasena
  • Umpire2: CB Gaffaney
  • Third Umpire: S Ravi



Overs: 40.2 / 40.2




Overs: 50.0 / 50.0


6.45pm: Right, seems like we're not going to get the presentations today. The rain came down but, by then, England had pretty much mopped the floor with Australia anyway - which was all the more impressive having been 35 for 3. They march into the semi-finals with a third straight win and will be in confident mood ahead of facing whoever comes second in Group B. Daniel Brettig's report will be in the slot shortly and we'll have plenty more to come on the site from George Dobell, Jarrod Kimber and Mel Farrell at the ground - possibly from Mohammad Isam in Dhaka, too. Anyway, thanks for all your comments and company, as ever. England have just equalised against Scotland in the football and I'm off to calculate NRR permutations for Ind-SA and Pak-SL. From Miller and myself, it's over and out. Bye!

6.35pm: Match abandoned, England win by 40 runs on DLS, it's all over at Edgbaston - which means Bangladesh are in last four! Break out the, er, soda water in downtown Dhanmondi, the Tigers have roared past Australia into the semi-finals.

"Welcome everyone to Bangladesh to join the today's celebration," chirrups Asib Auvi. "Ohh another thing while coming pls bring enough preparation. You might need to stay till final celebration. "

Omar is enjoying himself: "YESSSSSSSSSSSSS ... WOOHOOOOO.... can you hear us ROAR from Bangladesh over there??? We are ROARING!!!"

The plaudits keep coming: "Bangladesh is also rank quite high on density of population," notes Viranchi.

"Why are 90% of comments about Bangladesh? This win is a very big deal for England, and an exceptional performance all round!!" Well, Jez, crushing England victories are so de rigueur nowadays. But you're right, they have made another big statement about their white-ball capabilities...

"So the last time Australia won a game in CT was way back in 2009." That is spot on, Nilesh, as they were knocked out with only one point, from a washout, in 2013.

6.25pm: This match between two old rivals looks to be fizzling out - but there's another stramash with a bit of history currently going on at Hampden Park. You can follow Scotland v England (and the other World Cup qualifiers) over at ESPNFC.

"To understand the passion of Bangladeshi fans for cricket, you need to know that Cricket is the only thing except for corruption we are in top 10 in the world." Actually, Sid, I think you'll find Bangladesh is not even in the top (bottom?) 30 for that any more...

"The bashing about Aussies is unfair, they didn't have a full game in the tournament. If rain wasn't a problem, Aussies, NZ and Bangladesh all would have ended up with 2 points," points out chotu. True, but even that's worthy of a little Aussie-ribbing, no? They're ranked No. 2 in the world

6.15pm: It looks filthy around Edgbaston right now, rain gusting through and the stands rapidly emptying. Some fairly heavy rain was expected this evening and I suspect we might not get back on... "So Alan, we can start invading streets in an hour?" Possibly even sooner, Abir Utsha. Given it's 3am in Melbourne, I won't try and string our Aussie readership along.

"As a Bangladeshi I'm obviously ecstatic that they are going through to the semifinals," cheers Tahmid. "But I think it also bodes well for cricket in general as it keeps things fresh and unpredictable! We need more Leicester type moments in cricket too!!" I'm not sure Bangladesh were 5000-1 to get to the Champions Trophy semis... but I take your point. Hathurusingha the BD Tinkerman?

Imtiaz: "What happens if a semi final is washed out due to rain? How will the winner be decided?" Whoever comes first in the group. So England and (most likely) the winner of India-SA

6.05pm: We have around half an hour until they start losing overs, I'm told. And the official cut-off time to get back on and finish is 7.14pm.

"FWI, Here in Winnipeg, Canada, we're also cheering for Bangladesh," says Elise. "No street parties though, it's raining here also." Magnificent

"What is happening in F1 qualifying in Canadian Grand Prix?" Why don't you go and find out, Arijit Upadhyay? But do come back

"If it's called off early, I hear there's a great bar called 'Walkabout' where both sides could go for a friendly drink and a laugh together," snickers Jamie Dow, possibly while wearing a silly wig as a beard

6pm: The ground is once again swaddled in tarps, rain whizzing down and greasing Bangladesh's path into the last four. George says "someone at the ICC has been timing how long it takes to get the covers on - 37 seconds here". They've certainly had the practice.

"Alan, I think you are making too much fun about Bangladeshi supporters and their passion about cricket," murmurs Mahmud. "Publishing too many negative comments about them indicates it as well." We have utmost respect for Bangladesh fans and their love for cricket... All reports of street-invading, flag-waving celebrations will be treated seriously

And now the rain returns and the players are going off... What an anti-climax. England are currently 40 runs ahead of the DLS par score of 200 for 4 and Australia's soggy stay at the Champions Trophy looks about to end, one way or another.

40.2A Zampa to BA Stokes, No run, pushed through on the stumps and tucked to leg.
40.1A Zampa to BA Stokes, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, slammed in front of deep cover, that's his hundred! Magnificent stuff from Stokes, though this was a straightforward dispatch of a long-hop through the covers... Off comes the helmet, up go the crowd, England are powering to their target.
End of over 40. 3 runs this over. 236/4 after 240 balls.
JC Buttler 29 (32b 3x4 1x6 ) JR Hazlewood 9-0-50-2
BA Stokes 98 (107b 12x4 2x6 ) more

Ten to go, though I doubt we'll need that many. Here's Alan to wrap it up and apply a bow

Himanshu Chandr: "Lions hunting kangaroos to feed them for tigers, meanwhile kiwis flying back home. Things getting interesting in #CT17 Jungle" #scenes

Getting a touch dark out there. "Covers ready," says George

Tremendous spot from Bharath Seervi: Three well-set partnerships have ended exactly for 159 runs in this Champions Trophy. Hales-Root v Ban, Gunathilaka-Mendis v Ind, Morgan-Stokes v Aus

End of over 39. 7 runs this over. 233/4 after 234 balls.
JC Buttler 28 (28b 3x4 1x6 ) A Zampa 8-0-48-0
BA Stokes 96 (105b 12x4 2x6 ) more

JAGANNATH PRASA: "May be too early.. but it can be a good heading for a news article.. LIONS HELPS TIGER BY HUNTING KONGAROO." I'm nicking that one

nick : "Are Bangladeshi's the world's most passionate cricket fans? If this is how they celebrate a chance (probability now) of reaching the CT semifinals, what would happen if their team won a WC or CT? " I think Dhaka might spontaneously combust

End of over 38. 3 runs this over. 226/4 after 228 balls.
JC Buttler 22 (24b 3x4 0x6 ) PJ Cummins 8-1-55-0
BA Stokes 95 (103b 12x4 2x6 ) more

Salman: "What do you think has gone wrong with most of the favourites? I.e India, South Africa( only 1 will qualify). Australia and New Zealand?" Aside from rain, of course, the compact nature of the tournament leaves little space for off-days. Who knows, it might be England's turn in the semis

Rashad: "This is a continuation of Mark Butcher's tweet about "cricket clichés overturned". A couple of years back you'd expect Aussies to trounce the English." He knows his onions, does Butch. As listeners to the Switch Hit podcast will know

Rafeeq: "This is how you get a pay raise.. weldone Aussies." And we thought CA were the ones who were messing up the negotiations...

End of over 37. 9 runs this over. 223/4 after 222 balls.
JC Buttler 21 (20b 3x4 0x6 ) A Zampa 7-0-41-0
BA Stokes 93 (101b 12x4 2x6 ) more

AcFinor: "Maxie dropped Buttler in the FIRST ball of Starc's LAST over. Come on Maxie, we know what Starc is capable of. You just dropped CT2017 mate." It might have been the last chance. But then again, here's Cummins. Smith throwing his big seamers into the fray, as he must

Justin: "Aussie cricket team have not been switched on, such poor performances across this tournament, silver lining is reading about the joy for Bangladesh supporters" They have not been at the races at all. Is the contract dispute undermining them more than we think?

End of over 36. 6 runs this over. 214/4 after 216 balls.
JC Buttler 17 (18b 2x4 0x6 ) MA Starc 10-0-52-1
BA Stokes 88 (97b 11x4 2x6 ) more

whitey: "when you remove boundaries and balls from boundaries from stokes he has 31 from his other 82 balls. Gives himself plenty of breathing room between the big hits. "

Adil: "I think Ben stokes should retire so that the rest cam have some batting practice." I think there would be riots on the streets of Cox's Bazaar if that happened

End of over 35. 5 runs this over. 208/4 after 210 balls.
BA Stokes 87 (95b 11x4 2x6 ) A Zampa 6-0-32-0
JC Buttler 12 (14b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Shomrup: "Listening to radio broadcast backed with crinifo commentary right hear the Bangladesh -Myanmar border. But dont think we are slacking protecting the borders...even the smugglers took a day off. GO ENGLAND." There's so much in that message that amuses me immensely

Lordvins: "For the first time in 4 matches, the team considered favorites showing sign of getting the job done. @nojinx" I see what you've done there

Dhrubo: "People are gathering in tea stalls and small shops having TVs to watch and celebrate together here in Dhaka. It's 10.30 PM here. We are also planning to go out and join them." Sounds amazing. Maybe it's not such a low-key event after all?

End of over 34. 7 runs this over. 203/4 after 204 balls.
JC Buttler 8 (11b 1x4 0x6 ) MA Starc 9-0-46-1
BA Stokes 86 (92b 11x4 2x6 ) more

Christopher: "Carl Whyte is forgetting the 2010 T20 world cup Eng beat Aus by 7 wickets in the final." Well, yes, I think we've established Carl's got a selective memory

Joe: "A second rate event Australia can't even get past the group stages?" Who needs logic when you clearly need gin?

End of over 33. 1 runs this over. 196/4 after 198 balls.
JC Buttler 2 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) A Zampa 5-0-27-0
BA Stokes 85 (90b 11x4 2x6 ) more

Carl Whyte : "How many WC's has your side England won? That's right a big fat 0 and you can add 0 to that with this 2nd rate event being held far too often in this drizzly grey pessimistic country." That's right Carl. Never wanted to be here anyway. Harrumph

End of over 32. 2 runs this over. 195/4 after 192 balls.
JC Buttler 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) MA Starc 8-0-39-1
BA Stokes 85 (90b 11x4 2x6 ) more

Shriniketh: "I can now hear a pin drop silence in Bangladesh all the way from India."

Wow. Of all the ways to break a stunning stand. But is it too little too late? Jos Buttler isn't the type to let this sort of scenario slip too often ...

Sriram: "Guess Virat is hinting to RCB owners 'Get him next auction' with that tweet?" How cynical. But, err, yes

End of over 31. 6 runs this over. 193/3 after 186 balls.
BA Stokes 85 (87b 11x4 2x6 ) PJ Cummins 7-1-52-0
EJG Morgan 86 (79b 8x4 5x6 ) more

rafiq: "lots of screaming here in our university dormetory in northern part of bangladesh. nobody can be silent. what a exicitement. i just cant express" #scenes. I say again. #Scenes

Stokes, it seems, has a notable fan. "That was a ridiculous shot by @benstokes38 off Cummins. One of the best shots I've seen for a while!" says Virat Kohli on Twitter

End of over 30. 3 runs this over. 187/3 after 180 balls.
BA Stokes 80 (82b 10x4 2x6 ) MA Starc 7-0-37-1
EJG Morgan 85 (78b 8x4 5x6 ) more
End of over 29. 7 runs this over. 184/3 after 174 balls.
EJG Morgan 85 (78b 8x4 5x6 ) JR Hazlewood 8-0-47-2
BA Stokes 77 (76b 10x4 2x6 ) more

NZfan: "This is like insult to injury for us. We had yesterday's match in the bag and now it turns out that if we would have won (as we should have), we would have been in the semis." Sad but true. New Zealand the big losers from the earlier washouts

End of over 28. 7 runs this over. 177/3 after 168 balls.
EJG Morgan 79 (75b 8x4 4x6 ) PJ Cummins 6-1-46-0
BA Stokes 76 (73b 10x4 2x6 ) more

Anil K.: "What's Going On Today.... At the half way England need just 115 runs... May Be Bangladesh Fans Celebration For Today's Favrouble Result. .. Tigers Enter To The Semis .." I think Anil's excited

Simon: "Modern One Day cricket almost feels like watching a net session. Once the batsmen get on top there's just nothing the bowlers can do get gain back control other than wait for a mistake" If it's anything like my nets sessions, that's roughly every six balls

Rishabh: "Great game awareness by these two. Know Hazlewood is the best bet today. Playing him out peacefully. " Word

End of over 27. 1 runs this over. 170/3 after 162 balls.
BA Stokes 75 (71b 10x4 2x6 ) JR Hazlewood 7-0-40-2
EJG Morgan 73 (71b 7x4 4x6 ) more

David: "Roasted, toasted, battered, flambéed, and vindalood; bye bye Mr Kangaroo." Careful now ...

Samraat: "English team helping out Team that knocked them out of WC . what an Irony !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Bangladesh served England with the most valuable wake-up call of their ODI lives. It's the least they could do in return.

End of over 26. 6 runs this over. 169/3 after 156 balls.
BA Stokes 74 (65b 10x4 2x6 ) PJ Cummins 5-1-39-0
EJG Morgan 73 (71b 7x4 4x6 ) more

Varun: "Rain update please?" None in prospect just now, but even if it did come, safe to say that England are in control

Suramya: "Very similar to what happened yesterday. 3-4 early wickets and then a stupendous partnership. Shakib and Mahmudullah yesterday, Morgan and Stokes today." Very true. And if it carries on like this, an apt way to bring Bangladesh with England into the semis

End of over 25. 10 runs this over. 162/3 after 149 balls.
BA Stokes 69 (60b 9x4 2x6 ) A Zampa 4-0-25-0
EJG Morgan 71 (69b 7x4 4x6 ) more

Talking of which, here comes Pat Cummins. A big roll of the dice now.

timmy: "Hastings unlucky to be dropped. Best ODI bowler last year and an average 19 better than Moises" An awful lot of very questionable decisions, in selection and tactics from Australia today

End of over 24. 8 runs this over. 152/3 after 144 balls.
EJG Morgan 70 (68b 7x4 4x6 ) GJ Maxwell 2-0-14-0
BA Stokes 61 (56b 9x4 1x6 ) more

Shoeb: "Australia should not complain, since if they didn't have any washout, still they would have got two points ( 2 from Bangladesh match and 0 from NZland match)...." Not sure there are any grounds for complaint being offered, to be fair. But it's not over yet...

End of over 23. 6 runs this over. 144/3 after 138 balls.
BA Stokes 60 (54b 9x4 1x6 ) A Zampa 3-0-15-0
EJG Morgan 63 (64b 7x4 3x6 ) more

Ah, time for a drink. Make mine a double!

Masum: "I'm trying to write a paper but unable to do so since people are literally screaming with every shot played by Stokes and Morgan. Both of them have a chance to become "angels" of BD cricket fans - speaking from Chittagong, BD."

Chayan: "Sitting in a dorm TV room of University of Dhaka; the roaring is immense here, one can be easily fooled into thinking that BD is playing..." #scenes

End of over 22. 6 runs this over. 138/3 after 132 balls.
EJG Morgan 58 (61b 6x4 3x6 ) GJ Maxwell 1-0-6-0
BA Stokes 59 (51b 9x4 1x6 ) more

tito: "but according to the BBC gin is now the favorite drink in England, not in Australia..." True. But they will presumably still be here tonight. In the Walkabout, perhaps?

End of over 21. 6 runs this over. 132/3 after 126 balls.
BA Stokes 59 (51b 9x4 1x6 ) A Zampa 2-0-9-0
EJG Morgan 52 (55b 6x4 2x6 ) more

Golly. It's high-octane stuff, isn't it? Talking of which, if things don't improve soon for Australia, at least they'll be able to take solace in the fact that today is World Gin Day. Let Mrs M's gin piano guide them through their sorrows...

End of over 20. 2 runs this over. 126/3 after 120 balls.
EJG Morgan 51 (54b 6x4 2x6 ) MA Starc 6-0-34-1
BA Stokes 54 (46b 8x4 1x6 ) more

Right, here's Miller for more japes

"More than the Barmy Army, the Bangla Army might be screaming out their lungs about this Stokes blinder..!!" It'll be lively in downtown Dhaka, Lakshman Kumar, that's for sure

End of over 19. 3 runs this over. 124/3 after 114 balls.
BA Stokes 53 (43b 8x4 1x6 ) A Zampa 1-0-3-0
EJG Morgan 50 (51b 6x4 2x6 ) more

"This exuberant counter-attack by England must send shivers down the spine of every other team out there," coos Anwar Khan, absent-mindedly playing with his hair

Here's Stuart: "I'd love to know what John Hastings did to get himself dropped too. How many of the Aussies got out to cutters/off-pace deliveries? Love Starc and Cummins but they are similar in their speed, bounce and general threat. "

End of over 18. 7 runs this over. 121/3 after 108 balls.
BA Stokes 52 (40b 8x4 1x6 ) MA Starc 5-0-32-1
EJG Morgan 48 (48b 6x4 2x6 ) more

Somehow he's overtaken Morgan, who's not exactly been batting like a slouch...

End of over 17. 6 runs this over. 114/3 after 102 balls.
BA Stokes 46 (36b 8x4 0x6 ) MC Henriques 1-0-6-0
EJG Morgan 47 (46b 6x4 2x6 ) more

"Not looking too good for the Aussies right now," muses Dan, "they needed at least another 30 run padding. But it's not over yet."

End of over 16. 4 runs this over. 108/3 after 96 balls.
BA Stokes 40 (30b 7x4 0x6 ) TM Head 2-0-9-0
EJG Morgan 47 (46b 6x4 2x6 ) more

The crowd are sensing that the tide has turned... "Barmy Army! Barmy Army!" ringing out

End of over 15. 13 runs this over. 104/3 after 90 balls.
BA Stokes 38 (28b 7x4 0x6 ) PJ Cummins 4-1-33-0
EJG Morgan 45 (42b 6x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 14. 5 runs this over. 91/3 after 84 balls.
BA Stokes 26 (23b 4x4 0x6 ) TM Head 1-0-5-0
EJG Morgan 44 (41b 6x4 2x6 ) more

Tadjique : "is this really the best way to go playing for a 20 over game what do you think?" Well? (Remembering, of course, that it's still a 50-over game right now)

End of over 13. 9 runs this over. 86/3 after 78 balls.
BA Stokes 22 (19b 3x4 0x6 ) PJ Cummins 3-1-20-0
EJG Morgan 43 (39b 6x4 2x6 ) more

Apparently the Hollies Stand are singing "Aaron Finch is going home" (to the tune of Three Lions). He's taking it well

End of over 12. 8 runs this over. 77/3 after 72 balls.
BA Stokes 15 (15b 2x4 0x6 ) JR Hazlewood 6-0-39-2
EJG Morgan 41 (37b 6x4 2x6 ) more

Saheem: "Weather status please.." It's currently not raining

"What, who is bravestarr?" This should help, James

End of over 11. 11 runs this over. 69/3 after 66 balls.
EJG Morgan 34 (33b 6x4 1x6 ) PJ Cummins 2-1-11-0
BA Stokes 14 (13b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Here's Zubeir: "Zampa/Head shall come into action quickly in order to have control from one end. Morgan is definitely playing to chase DLS target." It's certainly wise to try and get up with it... What with Brum weather being what it is

End of over 10. 7 runs this over. 58/3 after 60 balls.
EJG Morgan 34 (32b 6x4 1x6 ) JR Hazlewood 5-0-31-2
BA Stokes 3 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) more

"It's great to see captain Morgan leading this innings so far," chirps Conner. "Not shying away from his words before the match! That's what I love about him."

End of over 9.  A maiden over! 51/3 after 54 balls.
EJG Morgan 28 (29b 6x4 0x6 ) PJ Cummins 1-1-0-0
BA Stokes 2 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more

By the way, here's one we made earlier: If you are up in the middle of the night Down Under, or a Bangladesh fan keeping a close eye on this one, here are the DLS par scores for the game, in case rain puts an end to play after 20 overs.

End of over 8. 7 runs this over. 51/3 after 48 balls.
BA Stokes 2 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) JR Hazlewood 4-0-24-2
EJG Morgan 28 (23b 6x4 0x6 ) more

"What is the DLS par score for three wickets lost at 19.6 overs?" It's 112, Akshay

"Hi Alan. Could you have a word with your IT chaps to see if they could add the DLS par score to the scorecard? That would improve an already excellent service from cricinfo." Well, Andrew, I'd love to promise you we will... But please don't hold your breath

End of over 7. 9 runs this over. 44/3 after 42 balls.
EJG Morgan 23 (20b 5x4 0x6 ) MA Starc 4-0-25-1
BA Stokes 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

"Rain rain go away... Little Smithy wants to play..." burps Assad

End of over 6. 4 runs this over. 35/3 after 36 balls.
BA Stokes 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) JR Hazlewood 3-0-17-2
EJG Morgan 14 (14b 3x4 0x6 ) more

3.40pm: The outfield has been roped and the hover cover is disappearing over the boundary's edge. Things look to be brightening up a touch. How many overs can we squeeze in before that forecast downfall...?

"Can they airlift the players quickly here (To Phoenix, Arizona). Summer at its best here. Just 108 degree yesterday:-) Can't miss such a ripping contest between bat and ball." Sounds like a long way to go, Muthiah. Plus, I fear the ripping contest might have the sting taken out of it in such conditions

Here's Brutus_Shylock: "@Alan - It rains everywhere...chill, no one here is attacking the (what's left of) empire. Just stating the obvious. Wasn't there a CT in September 2004 which worked pretty well? Esp. as compared to this. I'm sure this wouldn't naturally come about in normal English tours, because June has the odd ODIs generally by the touring side. But when you have an entire ICC tournament, with matches everyday, it frustrates quite a bit. Even with the excellent conditions and brilliant ground management." May and/or June often has Test matches played, too. And you can hardly bank on September, either. But anyway, let's just agree this is unfortunate and move on (just as we have from the Empire)

3.33pm: The Aussie players are enthusiastically already out by the side of the pitch. Just the hover cover in the middle still in place. Strangely no sign of England's two batsmen yet...

"It's half past midnight here in Melbourne, and we're doing the anti-rain dance...!" hollers Luke. "#Hope"

Here's Hoover: "Yes, but in June, we never have rain in Dubai. Melting while playing on the surface of the sun and praying for the sweet release of death may be another problem altogether for the players...."

"Whatever Gardner, your comment, in this context: 'I think it rains everywhere in the world', has to be one of the dumbest in the history of cricket," spits Andrew Schulz. Your honour, the defence rests

3.25pm: It looks like the rain might be easing off, groundstaff are getting to work on the covers... And now George reports that will be a 3.45pm restart. Hold on to your hats (it's windy out there)

"@Alan 'Pretty sure it rains everywhere in the world, too'...Have you been to Dubai mate?" Well, you say that, Farjda - but there was even a no-result in the PSL earlier this year (admittedly in Sharjah).

3.15pm: The Sky commentators are on the outfield, umbrellas up - but it looks pretty windy, so hopefully that will help blows the clouds through. We have an hour and a half to play with before overs start being lost. George Dobell has this to say from the ground: "Think we have an interlude before thicker band of rain later. Pretty sure we'll get 20 overs in."

Here's Jonny Blain: "25 and sunny in London... everyone on the fun bus down here?" If only HS2 had been built already!

"Regarding your reference to Australia needing a couple more wickets what is the 5 down 20 over par score? " Then it's 159, James B. Which I don't fancy England getting.

prashanth kuma: "This is just thoroughly frustrating ! That was an intense session, a wonderful spell of bowling from the Aussies which setup the match superbly! And now rain! To the ICC, you have a great tournament, great teams, interested viewers and you just picked the wrong country to host this in! Utterly deflating!" Well, you might also say the conditions in this particular country helped produce that wonderfully intense passage... Pretty sure it rains everywhere in the world, too.

3.05pm: The square has been covered now, which suggests a reasonably heavy shower. Remember, if Australia suffer their third straight washout, it would be Bangladesh who go through to the semi-finals, as they have won a game (wins being the initial tie-breaker between teams on the same points). Steven Smith's team need to get another 14 overs in - and take a couple more wickets, for good measure - to have a chance of qualifying. Since there was already rain forecast from around 5pm, this is nicht gut.

Anyway, while Australia and Bangladesh fans fret about English summer weather, here's a gallery of the action so far.

"What is the second tie-breaker after wins?" Then it is NRR, Shiv. But there is no way that Australia and Bangladesh can finish on three points with a win apiece. If they could, it would then get fun, since Bangladesh's NRR has, bizarrely, risen to exactly zero. Given Aus-Ban was a washout, it would then go down to seeding, on the ICC rankings; and Australia would go through. But that's all just shooting the breeze.

Rain falling... and the umpires are taking them off! The Birmingham rain returns to dampen Australian spirits, on come the covers. From the radar, this looks like it should just be a passing shower, though. It's wet and mizzly but not yet apocalyptically dark

Looks very murky out there now, but not yet raining... In comes Ben Stokes

Shots of the groundstaff readying the covers, some people putting on hats and coats in the crowd

End of over 5. 7 runs this over. 31/2 after 30 balls.
EJG Morgan 14 (14b 3x4 0x6 ) MA Starc 3-0-16-1
JE Root 13 (10b 2x4 0x6 ) more

And as if it wasn't tense enough, here's our man on the ground, George Dobell, who says "rain imminent"

End of over 4. 14 runs this over. 24/2 after 24 balls.
EJG Morgan 14 (10b 3x4 0x6 ) JR Hazlewood 2-0-15-1
JE Root 6 (8b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 3. 4 runs this over. 10/2 after 18 balls.
JE Root 6 (8b 1x4 0x6 ) MA Starc 2-0-9-1
EJG Morgan 0 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more

"Sorry Bangladesh, but if you thought you'd get any favours from England after humiliating them on the big stage a while back..." yaroos Toadfish Fergus, raising the spectre of Adelaide

End of over 2. 1 runs this over. 6/2 after 12 balls.
EJG Morgan 0 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) JR Hazlewood 1-0-1-1
JE Root 2 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

For the England Bangladesh fans out there, Morgan averages 42 against Australia, with three of his 11 hundreds

"That Roy wicket hurts Bangladesh fans more than English fans." What about the Hales one, Sreenath?

Three slips for Hazlewood now

Another second-ball strike, Australia's attack strutting its stuff... England in trouble, out comes the captain, Eoin Morgan

End of over 1. 5 runs this over. 5/1 after 6 balls.
AD Hales 0 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) MA Starc 1-0-5-1
JE Root 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Hippo: "Please please please can we have Bairstow back???" I suspect his chance might not be far off...

JJ RoyLBW MA Starc43210200
AD HalesC AJ Finch B JR Hazlewood09400-
JE RootC MS Wade B JR Hazlewood15251420107.14
EJG MorganRun out A Zampa 871218185107.41
BA Stokesnot out 10213610913293.58
JC Buttlernot out 2935323190.63
MM Ali -
AU Rashid -
LE Plunkett -
MA Wood -
JT Ball -
Total 240/4
MA Starc10.005215.2
JR Hazlewood9.005025.56
PJ Cummins8.015506.88
TM Head2.00904.5
MC Henriques1.00606
A Zampa8.205206.24
GJ Maxwell2.001407