DHAKA, Bangladesh were left disappointed as their
match against Sri Lanka was called off without a ball being bowled at Bristol
The two teams however shared the point but the Tigers will be unhappy with
the outcome since they were heavily favourite to win the game, considering
their form and the recent performance against Sri Lanka.
The consistent drizzle even forced the umpires to postpone the inspection
after they gave the schedule twice. With the rain continuing to pour, the
match referee was forced to call it off.
This was the second instance in this World Cup that the match was abandoned
without a ball being bowled, making it the highest number of abandoned games
in a World Cup.
A match that has had a toss and then doesn't get completed due to rain gets
a No Result there has only been one of those in this World Cup. The record
is two, shared between 1992 and 2003.
Bangladesh has now three points in four matches. They won against South
Africa in their opening game before losing to New Zealand and England.
Sri Lanka now have two washed out games � in consecutive matches against
Pakistan and now Bangladesh �and a victory against Afghanistan, meaning they
have now four points in four matches. Sri Lanka lost their opening match to
New Zealand by 10 wickets after being all out for just 136.
The both teams encountered each other 45 times, of which Sri Lanka won 36
matches and Bangladesh seven while two matches produced no result.
Earlier Sri Lanka used to beat Bangladesh with quite an ease, Sri Lanka's
outright domination was over after the 2015 World Cup, when the Tigers'
cricketing renaissance kickstarted in vigorous fashion. Since then both team
played seven matches with the result locked at 33 while one match was
rainedoff. The last time the both teams met in Asia Cup in Dubai, Bangladesh
beat Sri Lanka by 137 runs thanks to Mushfiqur Rahim's careerbest 144.
The Tigers met Sri Lanka thrice in World Cup and all lost duly without much
resistance. If the recent record is taken into consideration, Bangladesh
should set their record right against Sri Lanka also in cricket's biggest
carnival but the rain eventually didn't allow them.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)