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Play called off due to persistent rain at Bristol
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Play called off due to persistent rain at Bristol

Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was left frustrated after Friday's World Cup match against Sri Lanka was abandoned without a ball being bowled following persistent rain in Bristol.

The game was scheduled to begin at 10:30 (0930 GMT) but was eventually called off in the afternoon, with both teams sharing a point.

It is the first match at the World Cup in England and Wales to be abandoned without a result.

Both teams now have three points, with one win and a loss apiece.

It was a blow to Pakistan's bid to reach the semi-finals and Sarfaraz said: "As a team, we really wanted to play this match, especially after gaining momentum with the win against England. It is unfortunate that we were not able to play.

"Our next match is against Australia. Like other teams in the tournament, they are also a tough opponent and they also have momentum as they have won their first two matches."

Sarfaraz remains confident Pakistan can still push for a last-four place in the 10-team tournament despite the Sri Lanka washout.

"We have great team spirit and our confidence is on a high after the win against England," he said.

Sri Lanka crashed to a 10-wicket defeat against New Zealand before pulling off a 34-run win against Afghanistan in a rain-affected game.