For the second-day running, the 2019 World Cup witnessed a no-result that forced Sri Lanka and Bangladesh pocket one point each as persistent rain kept bugging the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. As it turned out it was a damp squib for the two teams and spectators who were keen to see proceedings get underway at Bristol.
The umpires had to call off three pitch inspections at different stages because of heavy rain. Despite the ground staff trying their best to flush out the water that had seeped into the outfield, the persistent and steady rain eventually put paid to hopes of even a 20-over shootout. The match officials eventually called off the game at 1.55 pm BST. In the fifth World Cup being staged in England, this was the second abandonment without the toss.
It was Sri Lanka’s second successive washout in the wake of the game against Pakistan too having suffered the same fate, and now have two points from rain offs. For Bangladesh, the situation is dire as they are in the bottom half of the points table with just a solitary win in four outings.
It was a gloomy overcast sky over Bristol with heavy overnight showers negating hopes of play.
Sri Lanka is now placed fifth in the points table with 4 points from 4 matches having won one, lost one and two no results with New Zealand leading with 6 points from 3 straight wins, England second with 4 points from 3 with 2 wins and a loss, India third with 4 points from 2 wins from 2 matches, Australia fourth with 4 points from 2 wins and a loss from 3 matches, West Indies 6th with 3 points from 3, 1 win, 1 loss and 1 no result, Bangladesh 7th with 3 points from 4 with 1 win, 2 losses, 1 no result, Pakistan 8th from 3, 1 win, 1 loss, 1 no result, South Africa 9th from 4, 3 losses and 1 no result, and Afghanistan 10th from 3 and 3 losses.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne, interviewed by Nasser Hussein following the abandonment, stated that the rain bug had alternatively compelled his team to constant indoor practice sessions as a means of keeping in trim. “It has been quite disappointing that we have not played any cricket in the games against Pakistan and Bangladesh. But we have practiced hard indoors for the matches ahead,” he said while adding that a concern was the middle order batting.
World Cup 2019 Points Table
By Srian Obeyesekere
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