Rain mars Bangladesh, Sri Lanka match


With continuous pouring of rain throughout the day in Bristol, the ICC Cricket World Cup match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka got washed out yesterday. The toss did not take place yesterday and got delayed continuously. The match later got abandoned following incessant rain. As a result, both teams got one point each and shared the spoils.

This result made Tigers path to World Cup semis more complex. Tigers will now have to win 4 of their 5 remaining matches. West Indies, Afghanistan Pakistan, Australia and India are the teams which Bangladesh are yet to face. Bangladesh are currently in seventh position with 3 points in 4 matches, whereas Sri Lanka sit comfortably at fifth position with 4 points in 4 matches.

Heavy overnight and early morning rain continued to delay the start of match. The umpires tried to held several inspections but the rain continued to pour down. With the pitch and square covered and further rain falling, the prospects for play were not encouraging and got bleaker as the time passed by. Finally at 2:00 pm (local time) the game officially got abandoned without a bowl being bowled.

After the match washed out, Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza expressed his frustration and disappointment. He also suggested ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan might be fit for the match against West Indies on Monday. Both the teams, before coming to this match, played three matches and won one each. Sri Lanka are in a better position in the table than Bangladesh as they got one point from their match against Pakistan which was washed away due to rain and the match ended without a ball being bowled.

Bangladesh managed a perfect start in their World Cup assault by beating South Africa in the first game but they lost two successive games to New Zealand and the hosts England. In those matches, Bangladesh played well but failed to seal the game. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka, who are dubbed as the weakest team in the World Cup, lost their first World Cup match to the current runners up New Zealand by a big margin of 10 wickets. In the second game, they escaped a defeat against Afghanistan by 34 runs and earned two points.