Cricket World Cup: Pakistan v Sri Lanka abandoned because of rain

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ICC Men's Cricket World Cup, Bristol
Pakistan v Sri Lanka
Match abandoned because of rain, one point each
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Pakistan's match against Sri Lanka was the first at this year's World Cup to be abandoned without a ball bowled after persistent rain in Bristol.

The game, scheduled to start at 10:30 BST, was called off at 15:45.

Both teams took a point from the washout - only the third in World Cup history - and have five from their opening three matches.

England play Bangladesh at Cardiff and Afghanistan face unbeaten New Zealand at Taunton on Saturday.

The square remained under cover until 14:00 at Bristol and, although the rain stopped, the umpires called the match off after two pitch inspections.

The only other game to have been affected by rain since the tournament started on 30 May was Sri Lanka's win over Afghanistan in Cardiff, which was reduced to 41 overs per side.

"We really wanted to play this match especially after gaining momentum with the win against England," Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed said.

"We have great team spirit and our confidence is on a high. We would want to carry the momentum into the remaining games."

World Cup group table showing Sri Lanka and Pakistan in third and fourth place respectively

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