Published: Sat, June 08, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Lanka-Pakistan tie called off due to rain

Lanka-Pakistan tie called off due to rain

The decision was announced shortly after 3:45pm local time.

Both teams now have three points, with one win and a loss apiece.

Pakistan has won all seven completed World Cup games against Sri Lanka, and has a 90-58 ODI win-loss overall record against the Sri Lankans with one tie.

It was a blow to Pakistan's bid to reach the semi-finals and Sarfaraz said: "As a team we really wanted to play this match, especially after gaining momentum with the win against England".

Sri Lanka, on the other hand, saw another batting collapse in their second match against Afghanistan despite a good start but here also, the bowlers saved the day for the team.

"Our next match is against Australia".

Pakistan's next encounter is against five-time defending champions Australia at Taunton, a venue that has a reputation for high-scoring matches in the white-ball formats. Both the teams had a disappointing start to the World Cup 2019 as they lost their opening matches against West Indies and New Zealand respectively. "We have a confident side so hopefully we'll do well against Australia", Ahmed said after the Pakistan vs Sri Lanka match was called off.

Hundreds of Pakistan and Sri Lanka fans, draped in their country's colours, had hoped at least for a reduced, 20-over match, but they took the decision well. Pakistan will be tempted to bring in fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain for his raw pace, something that New Zealand exploited against Sri Lanka during their 10-wicket rout of their opponents in Cardiff on Saturday.

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