‘We do feel a point lost’

Azad Majumder . Bristol | Published: 00:00, Jun 12,2019

 
 

Bangladesh batsman Mahmudullah (3rd-R) shares a light moment with Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga (C) after their ICC World Cup match was abandoned without a ball being bowled at the Bristol County Ground in Bristol on Tuesday. — BCB photo

Bangladesh were left frustrated as rain washed out their fourth World Cup match against Sri Lanka in Bristol on Tuesday, leaving them content with just one point.
The Tigers came to Bristol looking to get two vital points against a side that they had always expected to beat.
Rain was always forecasted for the game but Bangladesh were hoping against hope for a full 50-over game that would give them a better chance to beat the former World champions.
Even a truncated match would have been welcomed by Bangladesh, despite it reducing some of their advantages against the ninth-ranked side.
‘Very frustrating. We really targeted this sort of game for two points, and I know that Sri Lanka would have fought very hard and no pushovers at all. But we do see it as one point lost and that’s disappointing,’ said Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes.
Before coming to the World Cup, Bangladesh had targeted to win at least five matches, but with four matches gone and they have only three points in the bag, the wash–out now put the side on a slippery slope.
With them yet to play against holders Australia and favourites India, the wash-out means Bangladesh cannot afford any more slip up in the tournament.
‘Realistically, what can we do about it [weather]? Absolutely nothing,’ said Rhodes. ‘And now all we can do is win our games coming up, one at a time and just think of that, which is the next game West Indies and try and win that and then win the next one after that.’
Rhodes also backed the idea of keeping a provision of reserve day for the matches of league phase, especially in conditions like this, when teams had to share points in three matches in the first 12 days of the tournament.
‘I think when you look, if you know the English weather, sadly, we’re going to get a lot of rain,’ he said.
‘We never know when the rain’s going to come. People from all over the world keep asking me whether it’s going to rain; I don’t know.
‘But at the moment, we’re seeing some problems. And I know logistically, it would have been a big headache for the tournament organisers and I know that it would have been difficult, 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.
‘We put men on the moon [laughing] so why can’t we have a reserve day, when actually this tournament is a long tournament.
‘They are spread out, the games. I would say that it’s disappointing for the crowd, as well. They have got tickets to see a game of cricket and you know, it would be up to them if they can get there the day after,’ he said.
The ongoing World Cup has reserve days only for semi-finals and final.
Bangladesh will play their next game against West Indies at Taunton on June 17.

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