6th Match: Australia v Pakistan at Chester-le-Street, 16 Jun 2001
Mahmood Ahmad

Pre-game: Start Delayed - Rain, Match abandoned,


RAIN DOMINATES: AUSTRALIA - PAKISTAN SHARE POINTS

Pakistan and Australia shared a point each, after continuous rain caused todayís game to be abandoned at Chester-le-Street.

This was to be the second match between the two in the NatWest Series; the first at Cardiff having been won by Australia.

Maintaining its unbeaten record, Australia has 7 points in 4 matches, while Pakistan has 5 from an equal number of games.

The next match of the series will be between Pakistan and England at Headingley before the Pakistan-Australia day-nighter at Trent Bridge on the 19th.



PAKISTAN-AUSTRALIA MATCH IN DANGER OF WASH-OUT

Heavy rain at Durham's ground at Chester-le-Street has delayed the start of the sixth NatWest Series match between Pakistan and Australia, and with the weather showing no mercy there is little likelihood of the game going ahead.

Even if play starts following the official inspection of the pitch and outfield at 15.50 local time (1450 GMT), a full 100-over game is very nearly impossible.

So there is a strong chance that the two sides will miss an opportunity to flex their muscles before the final, both having been confirmed a place at Lordís after England were thrown out of the tournament by Australia at Old Trafford the other night.

© CricInfo

Date-stamped : 16 Jun2001 - 14:24