BRISTOL: Pakistan’s third International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup 2019 match against Sri Lanka was called off due to rain on Friday, without a ball being bowled.
Persistent rain and inclement weather delayed the toss at the Bristol County Ground. As the rain continued, umpires finally decided to abandon the game. Both the teams will be given a point each.
According to the rules, at least 20 overs per innings are mandatory to be played for an official ODI game. For a 20-overs game, the match should have started at 4:15pm UK time (8:15pm Pakistan time), but that was only possible if rain stopped.akistan has beaten Sri Lanka in all their previous seven World Cup encounters. The last time the teams met was in 2011 with Pakistan winning by 11 runs.
The game on Friday, however, is likely to be spoiled as the met-office has forecast for heavy rain in Bristol.
But the forecast is the last thing on players mind as they worked hard in nets on Thursday, a day before the game to prepare themselves for the match. Pakistan team, according to the team’s batting coach Grant Flower, is in high spirit following a remarkable win against England last week at Nottingham.
“I definitely do sense quite a bit of confidence, especially, like, in the meeting we had this morning. Since we have won, well it took off a lot of the pressure definitely, having gone through those strings of defeats,” Flower told media ahead of team’s practice session at Bristol.
“Psychologically, that lifts a huge weight from their shoulders. And to score 350 against a very good England attack, the guys are relieved. And so they had a day off, a travel day, and then yesterday an optional net for some of the players and so, hopefully, we are going to get a good afternoon’s practice today and then can go and show their skills again tomorrow,” he added.
The former Zimbabwean cricketer praised Babar Azam and said the young Pakistani Cricketer has improved and his strike rate has also gone up.
“He’s close to being at the top of his game and, you know, he is really exciting to watch and, obviously, it is up to the other guys to bat around him at times. They all got different roles. But I think Babar is really exciting and he is going to be one of the best players in the world,” Pakistan’s batting coach said.
Sri Lanka, just like Pakistan, has two points from two games but is slightly ahead on NRR. Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne feels that his side has regained confidence following the win against Afghanistan in previous match after disastrous start.