Cricket World Cup: Rain delays Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Bristol

Cricket World Cup: Rain delays Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Bristol
Two of the three matches Bristol hosted were abandoned without a ball being bowled

A record third match of the World Cup was abandoned because of rain as Bangladesh’s game against Sri Lanka was called off without a ball being bowled.

With persistent rain falling in Bristol, the match – due to start at 10:30 BST – was called off shortly before 14:00.

Sri Lanka’s game against Pakistan at Bristol on 7 June was also washed out.

“We put men on the moon so why can’t we have a reserve day?” joked Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes.

“I know that it would have been difficult, but we have got quite a lot of time in between games, and if we have got to travel a day later, then so be it.”

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

Just 7.3 overs were possible in the match between West Indies and South Africa at Southampton on Monday.

Only the semi-finals and final have scheduled reserve days.

Test Match Special commentator Daniel Norcross tweeted this statistic from Bristol

“There is a lot of frustration for all teams – coming to the ground and not playing is disappointing,” said Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza.

Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne said: “We’ve been playing poker, playing some cards.”

Rain is forecast at Taunton on Wednesday, when Australia play Pakistan, and also on Thursday at Trent Bridge, where India face New Zealand.

The forecast is better for England’s meeting with West Indies at Southampton on Friday.

With both sides taking a point from Tuesday’s wash-out, Sri Lanka move up to fifth in the table and Bangladesh climb to seventh. The top four teams qualify for the semi-finals.

Sri Lanka seamer Lasith Malinga will fly to Colombo for his mother-in-law’s funeral, but is expected to return for Saturday’s game against Australia at The Oval.

Bangladesh play West Indies at Taunton on Monday.

Mortaza said: “It is a do-or-die match for us and we will need everyone. We have to play hard and let’s see what happens.”

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