• Sri Lanka subjected to another washout

    Tuesday’s World Cup fixture between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in Bristol was washed out without a ball bowled.

    • No play, whatsoever, possible in Bristol again
    • Sri Lanka’s second washout this month
    • 2019 edition now the World Cup with most abandoned matches

    Inclement weather eventually saw umpires Richard Illingworth and Richard Kettleborough cancel the match more than three hours after the scheduled start.

    This is Sri Lanka’s second washout of the 2019 tournament after last week’s clash with Pakistan at the same venue was also abandoned.

    Tuesday’s outcome afforded Sri Lanka and Bangladesh a point each. The Sri Lankans moved from sixth to fifth position in the 10-team standings – and the Bangladeshis remained seventh. New Zealand lead the log – and Afghanistan are last.

    Monday’s match between South Africa and the West Indies at the Rose Bowl in Southampton was also abandoned due to rain. The men from the Caribbean reduced the Proteas to 29 for two inside eight overs before the wet weather had the final say.

    Wednesday will see Australia and Pakistan meet in Taunton – and New Zealand will face India at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Thursday.

    Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga, meanwhile, will return home from the United Kingdom. He will, however, return ahead of Sri Lanka’s fixture against Australia at The Oval in London on Saturday.

    ‘Lasith will leave the team following Sri Lanka’s World Cup game against Bangladesh, as his mother-in-law has passed away,’ read a statement from Sri Lanka Cricket.

    ‘The player is expected to join the team before the team’s next World Cup game, which will be played against Australia on 15 June 2019.’

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