Saturday, July 4, 2020

Cricket World Cup: Sri Lanka’s game against Bangladesh washed out


Groundkeepers brush water from the covers as rain delays the start of play at the 2019 Cricket World Cup group stage match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at Bristol County Ground in Bristol, southwest England, on June 11, 2019. (AFP / GEOFF CADDICK)

BRISTOL: Sri Lanka’s World Cup game against Bangladesh was called off yesterday without a ball being bowled as a record third match in the tournament was abandoned due to rain.

Heavy overnight and early morning rain dashed hopes of a scheduled start of play at 10.30am as covers remained on the pitch and square in Bristol.

As many as three pitch inspections had to be called off at different stages, before the game was eventually abandoned at 1.55pm.

Less than eight overs were bowled before West Indies and South Africa shared a point each in a washed out game at Southampton on Monday.

The previous highest number of abandoned games in a World Cup edition was two, in 1992 and 2003.

Sri Lanka, who already had a game called off against Pakistan in Bristol last week, now have four points in four games, while Bangladesh remain in the bottom half of the standings with three points.

Rain is forecast for today’s match between Australia and Pakistan at Taunton, and also tomorrow at Trent Bridge, when India take on New Zealand.