Lasith Malinga to Fly Back Home After the Game Against Bangladesh

Lasith Malinga to Fly Back Home After the Game Against Bangladesh

"We put men on the moon, so why can't we have a reserve day, when actually this tournament is a long tournament", Steve Rhodes asked in jest after Bangladesh were forced to split points after a washout against Sri Lanka in Bristol on Thursday.

Groundkeepers brush water from the covers as rain delays the start of play ahead of the 2019 Cricket World Cup group stage match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at Bristol County Ground in Bristol, southwest England, on June 11, 2019.

Toss at Bristol has been delayed due to rain.

The previous highest number of abandoned games in a World Cup edition was two, in 1992 and 2003.

"It's disappointing for the crowd, as well".

Only 7.3 overs were possible in the match between West Indies and South Africa at Southampton on Monday.

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Although the result takes Sri Lanka to fifth in the standings, captain Dimuth Karunaratne said his team would have rather taken to the field and built on their victory over Afghanistan last week. "We want to play cricket and win games and gain the points".

"But we have got quite a lot of time in between games, and if we have got to travel a day later, then so be it", said Rhodes, whose Bangladesh team next play the West Indies in Taunton on June 17.

Rain has also been forecast for Wednesday's match between Australia and Pakistan in Taunton. Bangladesh orchestrated a giant killing when they beat South Africa in their first match in the tournament but just lost to superior sides in New Zealand and England after that. "We are trying hard".

"We need momentum", Karunaratne said.

What will help against the Australians, he added, was having played them in a warmup last month, so they know what's coming.

"But we know we've got some good players ourselves, so we won't be worrying too much about who we're playing against, and we'll be hopeful that they are going to worry about some of our players".

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