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Groundkeepers brush water from the covers as rain delays the start of play ahead of the 2019 Cricket World Cup group stage match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at Bristol County Ground in Bristol, southwest England, on June 11, 2019. (Photo by GEOFF CADDICK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

Rain spoils the mood as SL-B’desh match becomes third washout

Bristol: Sri Lanka’s World Cup game against Bangladesh was called off on Tuesday without a ball being bowled as a record third match in the tournament was abandoned due to rain.

Heavy overnight and early morning rain dashed hopes of a scheduled start of play at 10.30 am (0930 GMT) as covers remained on the pitch and square in Bristol.

As many as three pitch inspections had to be called off at different stages, before the game was eventually abandoned at 1.55 pm.

Fewer than eight overs were bowled before West Indies and South Africa shared a point each in a washed out game at Southampton on Monday.

The previous highest number of abandoned games in a World Cup edition was two, in 1992 and 2003.

Rain is forecast for Wednesday’s match between Australia and Pakistan at Taunton, and also on Thursday at Trent Bridge, where India are due to take on New Zealand.

Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes, who played 11 tests and nine one-dayers for England, questioned the logic behind not including reserve days for the league stage of the tournament.

“We put men on the moon so why can’t we have a reserve day?” joked Rhodes.

“I know that it would have been difficult, but we have got quite a lot of time in between games, and if we have got to travel a day later, then so be it.”

Sri Lanka, who already had a game called off against Pakistan in Bristol last week, now have four points in four games, while Bangladesh remain in the bottom half of the standings with three

points.

Although the result takes Sri Lanka to fifth in the standings, captain Dimuth Karunaratne said his team would have rather taken to the field and built on their victory over Afghanistan last week.

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