Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka abandoned in Bristol because of rain
BRISTOL, England (AP) — Bangladesh was more disappointed than Sri Lanka when rain forced their Cricket World Cup match to be abandoned on Tuesday without a ball being bowled.
The umpires made the call just before 2 p.m. local time, nearly 3 1/2 hours after the group match was scheduled to start. The rain didn't stop, and the forecast was no better.
The teams split the competition points, and both still have only one win from four games each.
But Bangladesh wanted this game desperately. Its form has been far more impressive than Sri Lanka's, and it sensed Sri Lanka was vulnerable without leading wicket-taker Nuwan Pradeep, who has a dislocated finger.
"We really targeted these two points," Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes said. "I know Sri Lanka would have fought very hard and been no pushovers at all, but we do see it as one point lost, and that's disappointing."
Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne was philosophical after their second straight abandoned result.
"We don't want to win our points freely, we want to win games and gain the points," he said. "But, well, we're happy with the points."
It's the second match abandoned at this World Cup, an unwanted record in tournament history. The first was also in Bristol, last Friday, Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan.
It's also the second consecutive washout, after South Africa-West Indies lasted only 7.3 overs on Monday in Southampton.
The weather over England is poor this week, and rain is forecast at Taunton on Wednesday, when Australia plays Pakistan, and on Thursday at Nottingham, where India meets New Zealand.
Karunaratne and Rhodes, an Englishman, would have loved it if reserve days had been built into the schedule. But it's likely a moot point: the forecast is for rain in Bristol the next two days.
This latest abandonment means Sri Lanka is set to face Australia on Saturday at the Oval without having played a game for 11 days.
"We need momentum," Karunaratne said. "We are trying hard."
What will help against the Australians, he added, was having played them in a warmup last month, so they know what's coming.
Tired of watching the rain in Bristol, he said: "Hopefully we can play."
Bangladesh also knows what's coming next Monday in Taunton where it faces the West Indies. Bangladesh beat the West Indies three times last month in winning the Irish tri-nations title. Both teams have been reinforced, and Rhodes isn't concerned publicly about facing another barrage of short balls.
"I'm very, very happy with the way we play the white ball, particularly when it's short," Rhodes said. "And we know we've got some good players ourselves, so we won't be worrying too much about who we're playing against. We'll be hopeful that they are going to worry about some of our players."
Rhodes expects star allrounder Shakib Al Hasan, who hurt a thigh muscle on Saturday while scoring a century against England, to be available to play the West Indies after another five days of recuperation.