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Bangladesh-Sri Lanka match abandoned due to rain

  • Published at 03:03 pm June 11th, 2019
Rain forced the abandonment of the World Cup match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in Bristol Tuesday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik from Bristol

The two South Asian teams will share a point each

The match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at Bristol County Ground in Bristol has been called off without a ball being bowled due to constant drizzle and wet outfield on Tuesday.

It was the second successive World Cup match at Bristol that was washed out due to bad weather. Sri Lanka's group game against Pakistan was also a washed out on Friday without a ball being bowled.  

Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will share a point each. Bangladesh currently have three points from four matches and are sitting on the seventh spot while Sri Lanka now have four points from same number of games, and sit on the fifth position in the points table.

The toss was scheduled to happen at 3.00pm Bangladesh Time. The weather was a big concern for this game and it had been raining since morning. The covers remained on the pitch all throughout.

Two inspections of the pitch, one at 3:30pm and another at 5:15pm Bangladesh time were also postponed amid consistent rain.

The match was officially called off at 1:57 pm local time and 6:57 Bangladesh time.

Bangladesh targeted to win this match as they lost their previous two matches, against New Zealand and hosts England, after a brilliant start of the tournament by defeating South Africa. A loss of point in this match means Bangladesh have to win at least four matches in their remaining six matches to keep their semifinals hope alive.

“It’s disappointing not to play after reaching the ground. We had a good chance to win against New Zealand but today’s result is frustrating for us. The next match will be against West Indies and it will be in Taunton which is a relatively small ground. It would not be an easy game for us. We have to fight hard to win against them,” said Bangladesh captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza after the match. 

Meanwhile, Tigers head coach Steve Rhodes seemed frustrated after yesterday’s match was washed out.

“It is a very frustrating result for us. We really targeted this game for two points, and I know that Sri Lanka would have fought very hard for the points too. But we do see it as one point lost, and that's disappointing. But realistically, what can we do about it? Absolutely nothing,” Rhodes said.

 “And now all we can do is win our games coming up, one at a time and just think of that.  We have to win the next game against West Indies and then win the next one after that. That's all we can do. It's out of our control, the way the weather is,” added a frustrated Rhodes after the match.

This is the third match which has been washed out in this tournament. The match between South Africa and West Indies in Southampton was also washed out on Monday after 7.3 overs were bowled.

Bangladesh’s next match against West Indies will be at Taunton County ground in Taunton next Monday.

The Bangladesh team will travel to Taunton from Bristol on Wednesday morning.