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Deja vu for Sri Lanka as World Cup clash washed out in Bristol

There have now been more abandonments than at any previous World Cup.

Bristol suffered its second successive World Cup abandonment (Nick Potts/PA)
Bristol suffered its second successive World Cup abandonment (Nick Potts/PA)

A record third game at the World Cup was abandoned as inclement weather led to Sri Lanka suffering their second washout in a row against Bangladesh in Bristol.

Persistent rain and a wet outfield led to the abandonment of Sri Lanka’s encounter against Pakistan without a ball being bowled at the same venue last week and the soggy scenario repeated itself in the south-west on Tuesday.

The teams therefore collected a point each after it was decided shortly before 2pm to call the fixture off, three and a half hours after it was due to start, as the rain continued to fall.

Sri Lanka travel to the Oval to take on Australia this Saturday, 11 days after they last took to the field, while Bangladesh have six days to prepare for their clash against the West Indies at Taunton.

It is the second day in a row a match has fallen foul of the weather, with only 7.3 overs of play possible between South Africa and the Windies before rain led to a no-result.

The previous record of abandoned games stood at two, which happened at both the 1992 and 2003 tournaments.

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