Bangladesh-Sri Lanka toss delayed by rain

Sports Desk Published: 11 June 2019, 03:29 PM
Bangladesh-Sri Lanka toss delayed by rain
Ground staff work to clear water off the outfield prior to the Cricket World Cup match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, at Bristol County Ground, in Bristol, England, Friday June 7, 2019. (David Davies/PA via AP)

Light rain has delayed the toss for the Bangladesh-Sri Lanka match in Bristol, where it has been raining since Monday.

The umpires will inspect the pitch, which is covered, and the soaked outfield at 10:35 a.m.

If weather permits, Bangladesh will seek a first Cricket World Cup win over Sri Lanka at Bristol County Ground.

The forecast is for light rain all day. Bristol was the site of the tournament's first washout last Friday, also involving Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka has won all three of these previous matchups in tournament history and, on average, beats Bangladesh in six out of every seven matches.

But Sri Lanka is without fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep, who dislocated a finger in his right bowling hand after he was hit by a ball in net practice on Sunday. He is expected to miss only this game. Pradeep was voted player of the match in the win against Afghanistan and is the team's leading wicket-taker at this World Cup.

Sri Lanka still has Lasith Malinga slinging deliveries and, after claiming three wickets against the Afghans, he's among the top five wicket-takers in World Cup history. He has 46, three behind countryman Chaminda Vaas.

Bangladesh is concerned about star allrounder Shakib Al Hasan, who hurt his quadriceps on Saturday while scoring a century against England, and didn't practice on Monday.

Bangladesh left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman is set to play his 50th ODI. He has 11 wickets in seven matches against Sri Lanka.

Both teams have one win from three matches at the World Cup.

Source: The Associated Press