The 16th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka was called off due to heavy rain in Bristol on Tuesday.
Due to persistent rain, the 16th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka was called off without a ball bowled on Tuesday at County Ground in Bristol. This is the fifth World Cup being staged in England, and incredibly this one has already witnessed two abandonments (cancellations without toss), the most-ever in a single edition.
"This is pretty average weather and we've been defeated by it. Our main objective is to try and get the game as soon as possible, but if anything, the rain has only gotten harder as the day went on," umpire Richard Illingworth said after the call-off.
"We have our set protocols and we had to get the game going by 16:17 local, but the groundsman said that we need around two-and-a-half to three hours to get the ground ready once it stopped raining, but it just hasn't."Bangladesh now have three points from four games, their latest point being their first ever against Sri Lanka in a World Cup. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, now sit on the fifth position with four points from four games.
Sri Lanka, who already endured a washout against Pakistan, now have two points courtesy rain, which effectively amounts to second win. 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. Now Sri Lanka will play their next match against Australia at Kennington Oval in London on Saturday.Bangladesh have five more matches left and they need to win at least four of them to qualify for the semi-finals without relying on the results of others' matches.
Tigers started their World Cup campaign in style, beating South Africa. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, lost their first World Cup match to current runners up New Zealand but won their second game against Afghanistan. They got another point in their third game when the match was washed out.Bangladesh will take on West Indies in their next game on June 17 at The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton.
---Salman Farshi, AA
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