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ICC World Cup 2019 | Incessant Rain Sees Pakistan-Sri Lanka Match Called Off

Cricketnext Staff |June 8, 2019, 7:49 AM IST
ICC World Cup 2019 | Incessant Rain Sees Pakistan-Sri Lanka Match Called Off

Incessant rain and damp outfield forced abandonment in the ICC World Cup 2019 encounter between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Bristol, without a ball being bowled. The two teams were forced to share a point each.

After three and a half hours, it finally stopped raining but by then the damage had already been done. After waiting for over five hours, match referee Andy Pycroft called off the game at 15:45 local time (20:15 IST).

On a positive note, this is the first time Sri Lanka have gained any points against Pakistan since the inception of this tournament.

Both Pakistan and Sri Lanka are former World Cup champions but have come into this tournament as underdogs because of their recent ODI form. After a shocking start to both of their campaigns, both teams have managed to post contrasting wins to get off the mark in the World Cup.

Pakistan were bundled out for 105 in their first game against West Indies, but managed to post a massive 348 runs against tournament favourites England in their last match. The total enabled them to squeeze out a 14-run win in spite of centuries by Joe Root and Jos Buttler.

Sri Lanka also posted a dismal 136 against New Zealand but their batsmen didn’t do too better in their second game either, posting 201 in a rain-hit tie against Afghanistan in Cardiff. Nuwan Pradeep and Lasith Malinga however stepped up and defended the total, giving Sri Lanka a 34-run victory (DLS).

Sri Lanka's next match is against Bangladesh on June 11 in Bristol while Pakistan will play Australia on June 12 in Taunton.

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Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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