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6:46 pm: “A lot of preparation goes into every game. It’s very frustrating and disappointing,” says Bangladesh skipper Mortaza. “Shakib will be fine for the West Indies game, hopefully. It’s a critical game for us. West Indies is not going to be easy and Taunton is a small ground. We don’t have any option other than a win.”
6:40 pm: It’s a share of the spoils then. We move on to Australia vs Pakistan tomorrow. “We have to play for a win in every game,” says Sri Lanka skipper Karunaratne.
6:35 pm: MATCH ABANDONED
The match is called off once again. It’s the third of the tournament. Never in the tournament’s history have we had these many matches washouts. Another disappointing day in the office in a match that promised so much for both teams.
4:50 pm: Big blow for Australia as all-rounder Marcus Stoinis is ruled out of their match against Pakistan tomorrow. Meanwhile, it’s drizzling again at Bristol.
4:20 pm: It’s raining again in Bristol and the pitch inspection is expected to be postponed.
3:55 pm: There will be inspection an hour from now – at 12.15 pm local time (around 4:45 pm). The sun is out and the ground staff is at work.
3:30 pm: It’s still raining at Bristol. The covers are still on. Another long day in store. Stay tuned.
3:00 pm: It has started to rain again and the covers are still on. The inspection has been postponed. The wait continues and the man on the super sopper is hard at work.
2:40 pm: The toss is delayed due to rain. However, the covers are slowing coming off. The umpires are out for an inspection.
2:30 pm: Hello and welcome to the group match between Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka at Bristol. Sri Lanka’s previous game, against Pakistan, was washed out without a ball being bowled. There is a threat of rain. Heavy rain threatens to play spoilsport when India face New Zealand in their next World Cup game at Trent Bridge on Thursday as well.
There has been persistent showers across United Kingdom for the past two days and the local Met department has issued a warning for the residents.
“A Yellow Warning for rain is in force in the Nottingham area for most of this week,” local website Nottinghampost reported. Bangladesh, meanwhile, are smarting from a defeat. In-form Shakib Al Hasan remains the key.