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Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Highlights: Match abandoned due to rain and wet outfield

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, ICC World Cup 2019: Follow the highlights from the ICC World Cup match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

By HT Correspondent | Jun 07, 2019 20:34 IST

As it happened: After almost five and half hours of delay, the match has been finally called off due to rain and unfavourable conditions in Bristol. The rain had finally relented but the conditions weren’t good for cricket as per the officials. Both Pakistan and Sri Lanka will receive one-point each.

Follow highlights from Pakistan vs Sri Lanka here -

20:21 hrs IST

Match called off

Bad news coming in from Bristol folks. The match has been abandoned because of damp pitch. Rain relented but the conditions weren’t favourable. Both teams will get one point each.

20:10 hrs IST

Umpires walking off

Umpires Ian Gould and Nigel Llong are walking off the ground now and we should hear from them soon. There is not much time left for further inspections so its one way or the other.

19:19 hrs IST

Umpires finish first inspection

The umpires have finished their first inspection. They are yet to give their verdict on the status of the ground at the moment. They will have another look at 7:45 pm IST.

18:41 hrs IST

Rain stops, covers starting to come off

The rains has finally stopped in Bristol and the covers are starting to come off. The umpires will inspect the ground at 7 pm IST and play is expected to start at 7:45 pm.

18:13 hrs IST

Rain subsides in Bristol

Good news! The rain has subsided in Bristol, but light drizzle continues. The ground will have to handed over to the umpires at 7:30 pm IST if any play is to take place today.

16:55 hrs IST

Not many people in the stands

16:23 hrs IST

Fans find a way to smile

16:01 hrs IST

70 percent chance of rain

It continues to rain in Bristol and the forecast doesn’t look any better. There’s a 70 percent chance that rain will continue for the rest of the day.

15:51 hrs IST

Rain arrives on an auspicious day

Today’s date marks an auspicious day for cricket as the first-ever cricket World Cup began on this day in 1975. West Indies’ Clive Lloyd was the first World Cup-winning captain.

15:36 hrs IST

Rain continues

Heavy rain continues in Bristol and there are no signs of play yet. Meanwhile, India are set to play a blockbuster match against Australia on Sunday. Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar issues warning for Team India. Read more.

15:04 hrs IST

Umpires can wait until 8:45 pm IST

The ground has to be ready for play by 8:45 pm IST if a match with reduced overs is to take place. If the conditions are alright by the stipulated time, then the two teams can play a 20-over match.

15:03 hrs IST

Yellow warning in Bristol

There’s a yellow warning in Bristol, which means that the locals will have to be cautious of heavy rain in their area. This could be the first match that is abandoned in this World Cup.

14:52 hrs IST

Something different

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14:45 hrs IST

Not the ideal sight

 

14:40 hrs IST

Pakistan arrives

The Pakistan team has arrived in the stadium but there’s no sign of the Sri Lankan team yet and quite understandably so as the rain is quit heavy in Bristol so we can expect a long delay

14:12 hrs IST

Heavy rain in Bristol

It’s raining heavily in Bristol. Local media reports coming in that the teams haven’t left the hotel for the ground. The match is surely going to start later than scheduled.

13:54 hrs IST

Rain may delay start of play

Unfortunately it’s raining at the County Ground in Bristol. The covers are on the ground at the moment. Rain many delay start of play, which is scheduled to begin at 3 pm IST.

13:47 hrs IST

Dimuth Karunaratne hopes for a better batting performance

“Pakistan is an unpredictable team and we also come into this game on a winning note. The win always gives you confidence. Finally we got that. We did good things in that match. But we have parts to learn about the batting. We have to focus on that and make sure we don’t repeat the mistakes.”

13:32 hrs IST

Grant Flower on Pakistan’s Babar Azam

“I think Babar Azam has come a long way. His game is improving all the time and so is his strike-rate. I think he’s close to the top of his game. He is really exciting to watch. He is going to be one of the best players in the world.”

13:12 hrs IST

Player battles

Sri Lanka’s worries lies in their batting department which has looked completely lack lustrous in the first two games and the side led by Dimuth Karunaratne would hope to put on a better front against their Asian rivals. For Pakistan, Mohammad Amir’s return to wicket-taking form signals that positive things could be on their way.

Here is a look at the five key player battles that might define the match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

12:46 hrs IST

Sri Lanka predicted XI against Pakistan

Sri Lanka are likely to bring back Jeevan Mendis to provide more steel to the middle-order. Suranga Lakmal is likely to be left out for this clash. The fact that Mendis is also a handy leg-break bowler, tips the scale in his favour.

Here’s a look at Sri Lanka’s predicted XI.

12:22 hrs IST

Pakistan predicted XI against Sri Lanka

Shoaib Malik is likely to sit out of this clash as he was pushed to number 7 against England. He is likely to be replaced by Imad Wasim, who was dismissed for just 1 in the opener and was subsequently dropped.

Here’s a look at Pakistan’s predicted XI.

12:00 hrs IST

Hello and welcome

Welcome to the live coverage of the ICC World Cup match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Pakistan made an excellent return to form with a 14-run victory over England, while Sri Lanka managed a 34-run victory over Afghanistan in their previous match.