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Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Match at Bristol Highlights: As It Happened

Cricketnext Staff | June 8, 2019, 7:55 AM IST

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  • 20:17 (IST)

    The match has been called off.

  • 19:19 (IST)

    Umpires had a word with groundsmen and are now heading back. The next inspection will be done at 15:15 local (19:45 IST).

  • 18:34 (IST)

    It has stopped raining for now and the groundsmen are now out trying to get the ground ready.

  • 16:59 (IST)

    Update: The heavy rain in Bristol has resulted in water forming puddles in the outfield and the weather forecast does not look very promising either for the rest of the day. The chances of getting a game in here are reducing by the hour. 

  • 15:35 (IST)

    The latest we can start today 4.15pm (UK time) and the game would be 20 overs a side. Fingers crossed the weather clears up before then!

  • 14:38 (IST)

    The latest updates according to the British newspapers is that the raining is easing up and is not very heavy at the moment but the ground all around is extraordinarily soggy.  

20:43 (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.

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20:17 (IST)

The match has been called off.

20:08 (IST)

Nothing to update here. We are still waiting to hear from the umpires.

19:37 (IST)

The sun's out for the first time and it looks like we might get a game.

19:19 (IST)

Umpires had a word with groundsmen and are now heading back. The next inspection will be done at 15:15 local (19:45 IST).

18:46 (IST)

The first cover is being taken off and the officials will have an inspection at 14:30 local (19:00 IST).

18:34 (IST)

It has stopped raining for now and the groundsmen are now out trying to get the ground ready.

18:25 (IST)

It's still drizzling in Bristol. The match will have to start in the next two and a half hours if they want to squeeze in a 20-overs-a-side game.

18:14 (IST)
18:02 (IST)
17:32 (IST)
17:27 (IST)
17:18 (IST)

They need to start by about 4.15pm if a 20-overs-a-side match is going to be squeezed into the day. So, just another few hours of rain-watching before we’re allowed to give up.

16:59 (IST)

Update: The heavy rain in Bristol has resulted in water forming puddles in the outfield and the weather forecast does not look very promising either for the rest of the day. The chances of getting a game in here are reducing by the hour. 

16:09 (IST)
15:56 (IST)

The Met Office in Bristol, according to newspaper reports in the UK, say that there are thunderstorms expected later. Looking at the forecast and the first possible dry patch isn’t until 16:00 which is far too late to even get in a T20-style game.

15:35 (IST)

The latest we can start today 4.15pm (UK time) and the game would be 20 overs a side. Fingers crossed the weather clears up before then!

15:30 (IST)
15:16 (IST)
15:00 (IST)

According to Bristol Post, the Met Office forecast shows a 90 percent chance of heavy rain from 7 am to 1 pm on Friday, with the chance rising to 95 percent at times. There is some cheer for the fans as the situation might improve through the afternoon. From 1 pm to 4 pm, there is between 60 to 70 percent chance of heavy rain. This is not good news for the two Asian sides as there is no reserve day for matches in the league stage. If 40 overs of play is not possible (minimum 20 overs for each side), both teams will be forced to share a point each. World Cup semifinals and final all have a reserve day. Sri Lanka have already played a rain-affected tie against Afghanistan on Tuesday, which was reduced to 41 overs. Dimuth Karunaratne’s side won the match by 34 runs via D/L method.

14:38 (IST)

The latest updates according to the British newspapers is that the raining is easing up and is not very heavy at the moment but the ground all around is extraordinarily soggy.  

14:35 (IST)
14:31 (IST)
14:30 (IST)

The Guardian is reporting that today, we are expected to get just a deluge, a downpour, and potentially a flood. The Met Office, have issued a yellow weather warning. “Flooding of a few homes and businesses is likely,” they say. This is not promising. They suggest a 90% chance of rain in Bristol at 10am, rising to in excess of 95% between 11am and 1pm. At 2pm it drops to 80% and the afternoon looks (comparatively) much better, never exceeding a 60% chance of precipitation with just a 10% chance in the hour after 3pm.

14:13 (IST)
14:12 (IST)

It's not looking very nice in Bristol and it's raining quite heavily. 

14:07 (IST)

Players to watch out for

Pakistan: Babar Azam: He is Pakistan’s Mr. Consistent with an average of over 50 in ODI cricket till date. Azam loves to bat against Sri Lanka, averaging over 58 with two centuries till date. In the last four ODIs, he has a century and two fifties to his name already.

Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera: The wicketkeeper-batsman, also Lanka’s opener, was in sizzling form against Afghanistan in the last game. Perera was the star of an unlikely run-chase in Durban Test against South Africa last year, when he smashed 153 to lead his side to win. In the Sanath Jayasuriya mould, Perera will look to stamp his authority over Pakistan early.

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Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Match at Bristol Highlights: As It Happened

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka (PAK vs SL) Live Score, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Latest Updates:  The match has been called off.

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka in the ICC World Cup 2019 on June 7 (Friday) will be broadcast on the Star Sports network and Live streaming will be available on Hotstar. The match will be played at Bristol County Ground, Bristol and will begin at 1500 HRS IST. (SL vs PAK Live).

PREVIEW: It will be a clash of one-time Asian giants Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the Bristol County Ground on Friday. ‘One time’ because both sides are a shadow of their glorious pasts as reflected in the ODI rankings — Pakistan are 6th while Sri Lanka are lowly 9th.

Both sides are former World Cup champions but are coming into the 2019 ICC World Cup are clear 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 but managed to post a massive 348 runs against tournament favourites and hosts 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, posting 201 in a rain-hit tie against Afghanistan in Cardiff. Dimuth Karunaratne’s side will be pleased to leave Wales and move to Bristol for a change, more so because of Cardiff’s lush green track which has caused plenty of trouble for their batsmen.

The Bristol track should not provide as much assistance to the fast bowlers as the Cardiff pitch. But Lanka will be up against a formidable Pakistan pace attack led by Mohammed Amir, Hasan Ali and Wahab Riaz — all three of whom can hustle the best of the batsmen with their pace.

Lanka’s strength lies in their death bowling, led by the experienced Lasith Malinga with Nuwan Pradeep and Suranga Lakmal. Pakistan’s batting also has blown hot-and-cold in the recent times but Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq have been consistent at the top.

What Sarfaraz Ahmed’s team lacks is a quality finisher or enforcer lower down the order, although Mohammed Hafeez’s half-century against England should ally some of their concerns. His side also holds an all-win record over Sri Lanka in World Cup, with seven wins dating back to 1975 World Cup.

Last Five ODIs

Pakistan: LLLLW

They halted an 11-match losing streak with a shock 14-run win over England in their last game. Before coming into the World Cup, they lost ODI series to England 4-0.

Sri Lanka: LNRWLW

Their recent form has been like a roller-coaster. After ODI series loss to South Africa, they won one game against Scotland (second game washed out) and then were thrashed by New Zealand by 10 wickets in their opening game. They bounced back to beat Afghanistan by 34 runs via DLS method in a rain-hit tie.

Players to watch out for

Pakistan: Babar Azam: He is Pakistan’s Mr. Consistent with an average of over 50 in ODI cricket till date. Azam loves to bat against Sri Lanka, averaging over 58 with two centuries till date. In the last four ODIs, he has a century and two fifties to his name already.

Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera: The wicketkeeper-batsman, also Lanka’s opener, was in sizzling form against Afghanistan in the last game. Perera was the star of an unlikely run-chase in Durban Test against South Africa last year, when he smashed 153 to lead his side to win. In the Sanath Jayasuriya mould, Perera will look to stamp his authority over Pakistan early.

Team News/Availability:

Pakistan: They will not like to make too many changes to the side that helped them win their first game after 12 matches.

Sri Lanka: Their middle-order is the biggest area of concern. Coach Chandika Hathurasinghe has already spoken about the need for the batsmen to take more responsibility. Avishka Fernando or Milinda Siriwardana are the other options but they lack experience.

Squads:

Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed (c, wk), Asif Ali, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Imam-ul-Haq, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Fakhar Zaman

Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Avishka Fernando, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Kusal Mendis (wk), Kusal Perera (wk), Thisara Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Dhananjaya de Silva, Milinda Siriwardana, Lahiru Thirimanne, Isuru Udana, Jeffrey Vandersay

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
AUS
7 6 1 0 12 +0.90
2
NZ
7 5 1 1 11 +1.02
3
IND
5 4 0 1 9 +0.80
4
ENG
7 4 3 0 8 +1.05
5
BAN
7 3 3 1 7 -0.13
6
PAK
7 3 3 1 7 -0.97
7
SL
6 2 2 2 6 -1.11
8
WI
6 1 4 1 3 +0.19
9
SA
7 1 5 1 3 -0.32
10
AFG
7 0 7 0 0 -1.63

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 India 6266 123
2 England 6084 122
3 New Zealand 4455 114
4 Australia 5247 112
5 South Africa 4902 109
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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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