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AUS vs ENG T20 World Cup: After Afghanistan-Ireland, England-Australia match also got rained, the road became difficult for these teams

Melbourne: The match between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) here on Friday was called off due to intermittent rain. This has made it difficult for both the teams to make it to the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup. The match between Afghanistan and Ireland at the MCG itself did not improve much even after the rain and the second match of the day had to be cancelled.

1-1 points for both the teams

Due to the cancellation of this match, both the teams got one point each but this has made their way to the semi-finals difficult. Only two teams from each group will qualify for the semi-finals. England have moved up to the second spot in the points table after two matches were washed out on Friday. Title contenders England lost to Ireland in a rain-affected Super 12 match, which is going to cost them a lot.

Group I of Super 12 now has three points each as four teams but while the rest of the teams have played three matches, the top-ranked New Zealand have played only two matches. Australia also have three points but are fourth behind Ireland on net run rate. Both Australia and England have only 2-2 matches left and the road to the semi-finals has become difficult for them.

First time the stadium so wet

Australia captain Aaron Finch said, ‘I have seen this stadium so wet for the first time. The real issue was about the run up and the inside circle. This area was very wet. The safety of the players was important. We saw how a Zimbabwean player had slipped.

England captain Jos Buttler also expressed his disappointment over the failure of the match. Butler said, ‘It would have been a huge opportunity. The stadium would have been packed for the match against Australia. This is the big match of your career. Really very disappointed to not play the match tonight.

After starting their campaign with a shocking 89 runs in the first match against New Zealand, defending champions Australia made a strong comeback by defeating Sri Lanka in the second Super 12 match. England, who started off with a win over Afghanistan, had lost their previous match against Ireland by five runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method due to rain.

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