Pakistan-Sri Lanka match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in Bristol was abandoned due to rain on Friday without a single ball being bowled. Both the teams have won one match and lost one in the tournament so far.
The match was scheduled to begin at 10:30 am (local time) but was called off in the afternoon. This is the first match at the Cricket World Cup 2019 in England to be washed out.
Given that both the teams had tasted success in their previous encounter while facing defeat in their first, they would not be happy about sharing a point each.
Pakistan was forced to surrender by the West Indies in their opening game last week after which they bounced back rather strongly to stun favourites England in a high scoring match.
Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed later reiterated that they were desperate to win the match after gaining “momentum” against England. However, the Pakistani skipper is still confident about making to the final four, despite the match against Sri Lanka, which was seen by some as an “easy” opponent for Pakistan, being washed out.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan in a nail-biting contest after losing to New Zealand in their tournament opener. However, just when a win would have changed their outlook towards the game, the all-important match against Pakistan was washed out.
Sri Lanka and Pakistan both have three points from three matches, post the washout.
While Sri Lanka take on Bangladesh next on June 11, Pakistan will face Australia on June 12.
Saturday (June 8) is a double-header day in the tournament with hosts England all set to play Bangladesh and Afghanistan to lock horns with New Zealand.
Fans are hoping that rains do not play any further spoilsport at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.