Persistent rain forces Pakistan v Sri Lanka washout in Bristol; teams share points

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BRISTOL, ENGLAND – JUNE 07: Ground staff clear water from the pitch during the Group Stage match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at Bristol County Ground on June 07, 2019 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Persistent rain and a damp outfield forced the first washout of the 2019 World Cup as the game between Pakistan and Sri Lanka was abandoned without a ball being bowled. Although the rain wasn’t heavy, it was enough to force a delay of more than five hours and render several parts of the outfield too wet to play on.

According to ESPNCricinfo, umpires Ian Gould and Nigel Llong made the final call at 3.45pm local time. The teams split points, which ensured Sri Lanka moved to third on the table by virtue of a superior run-rate (-1.517). Pakistan, like Sri Lanka, have three points from as many games, but they only have a net run-rate of -2.412.

The (no) result means Sri Lanka will have to wait even longer to break their World Cup duck against Pakistan. The head-to-head reads 7-0.

Pakistan will now enjoy a five-day break before facing Australia in Taunton while Sri Lanka will run into Bangladesh on June 11 in Bristol, ESPNCricinfo reported.