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Australia v England, Ireland v Afg T20 WC games washed out

Last updated on: October 28, 2022 15:38 IST
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IMAGE: The groundstaff put the covers back on the pitch because of rain at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday. Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

The T20 World Cup clash between champions Australia and England was abandoned without a ball bowled due to rain on Friday, leaving both teams' semi-finals hopes hanging in the balance and disappointed fans booing at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.


With the Ireland-Afghanistan match also washed out at the venue earlier on, England emerged from a miserable day at second in Group 1 among a logjam of teams on three points.

New Zealand, with a game in hand, lead the group on run-rate ahead of third-placed Ireland and fourth-placed Australia, but the Black Caps can break clear with victory over Sri Lanka in Sydney on Saturday.

With the top two sides advancing to the semis, none of England, Australia or Ireland can afford to lose another match in a tournament in which four out of 14 Super 12 games to date have been lost to rain.

Ireland vs Afghanistan match washed out

IMAGE: The Ireland players look on as rain washed out their T20 World Cup match against Afghanistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday. Photographs: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Earlier, the Ireland-Afghanistan match was abandoned without a bowl balled due to rain at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday, leaving the teams to split the points.

It was winless Afghanistan's second wash-out in the Super 12's after their New Zealand game at Melbourne was abandoned due to poor weather on Wednesday.

The no-result left Ireland second in Group 1 on three points after three matches behind leading New Zealand, though the Black Caps have a game in hand.

Afghanistan remain bottom of the Group on two points.

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