Incessant rain washed out the World Cup match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka without a ball being bowled in Bristol on Tuesday, dealing the semi-final hopes of both teams with a serious blow.
The match officials called off the game at the Bristol County Ground at 13:57 local time (6:57pm Bangladesh time), leaving both teams content with just one point.
This was the second match in the tournament to be washed out before toss, both at the same ground, as the Sri Lanka-Pakistan match in Bristol also suffered the similar fate.
‘Our main objective is to try and get the game as soon as possible, but if anything, the rain has only gotten harder as the day went on,’ umpire Richard Kettleborough said in the post-match show.
‘We have our set protocols and we had to get the game going by 16:17 [4:17pm local], but the groundsman said that we need around two-and-a-half to three hours to get the ground ready once it stopped raining, but it just hasn’t,’ he said.
The wash-out was particularly frustrating for Bangladesh, who were hoping at least some kind of action as they had expected to beat Sri Lanka to give their campaign a much-needed impetus.
Bangladesh were badly in need of two points after back-to-back losses against New Zealand and England, which took some of the glosses away from their opening win against South Africa.
‘For all the teams, coming to the ground and not playing is disappointing and frustrating,’ said Bangladesh captain Mashrafee bin Murtaza in the indoor post-match presentation.
[But] this is how the tournament is going, we got our chances against New Zealand, we couldn’t get going in the England match, but it was frustrating today,’ said Mashrafee.
The wash-out also turned out to be frustrating for many Bangladeshi fans, who took many pains to come to the ground only to be denied any action by the weather.
Bangladeshi Rinku Barua travelled to Bristol on Tuesday from Virginia of United States with his father and cousin but looked very dejected once they were forced to return without watching any cricket.
‘Besides Bangladesh, I am also a fan of Sri Lankan cricket, so I only wanted to watch this game. I could manage just a short leave for this and took my father and young cousin with me to see the game. But unfortunately, we have to return without seeing any game. Nothing can be more frustrating for me,’ said Barua.
Bangladesh, who have now three points from four matches, will play West Indies in their next game in Taunton, Somerset on June 17.
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