SYDNEY: Australia’s World Cup clash against Bangladesh faced a washout Saturday as heavy rain, the legacy of Tropical Cyclone Marcia, drenched Brisbane just as Pakistan sunk to a heavy defeat by the West Indies in Christchurch.
Marcia, a category five storm which slammed into the Queensland coast late Thursday causing widespread devastation, had been downgraded to a tropical low on Saturday morning.
However, forecasters were still expecting another 45mm-120mm of rain to swamp the Gabba ground, adding to the 77mm which had already fallen on Brisbane since Friday.
The scheduled 0330GMT start was delayed and, with more rain falling in the afternoon, even a curtailed match was looking unlikely.
If the Pool A fixture is called off before each side has faced 20 overs, a no-result will be declared and the teams awarded a point apiece.
That would suit Bangladesh who have lost 18 of their previous 19 one-day intern matches against Australia.
Only one World Cup contest has ever been washed out without a ball bowled and that was back in 1979 in the game between Sri Lanka and West Indies at The Oval.
Australia captain Michael Clarke had been set to play on Saturday after missing the co-hosts’ opening 111-run win over England in Melbourne last weekend as he continued to recover from his long-standing hamstring injury.
But his return looks likely to be delayed until next weekend when Australia go to Auckland to face New Zealand, where more wet weather is expected.
In Christchurch, the West Indies cashed in on a sensational Pakistan batting collapse to notch their first win of the tournament by 150 runs at Hagley Oval.
The 1975 and 1979 champions scored 310 for six, with 115 runs coming in a swashbuckling final 10 overs as Lendl Simmons, Andre Russell and Darren Sammy hit out.
In reply, Pakistan crumbled to their second straight defeat when they were all out for 160 after the top four wickets fell in the first four overs for just one run, the worst start in ODI history.
The West Indies, meanwhile, blocked out memories of their shock first-up loss to Ireland as six batsmen posted scores of 30 or more.