Pakistan and Sri Lanka return with one point each as rain plays spoilsport
Given the fluctuating fortunes of both teams, there was a lot of build up to the game between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Result- Match abandoned due to rain without a ball being bowled
Especially after it was certain that a full-fledged 50-over game would not be possible and the overs will have to be curtailed, the match became more interesting as it gave Sri Lanka a better chance of competing.
With the likes of Lahiru Thirimanne, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Thisara Perera and Isuru Udana in their ranks, Sri Lanka have sufficient fire-power in their batting line up to make an impact, particularly in the shorter format.
However, there is little doubt in the fact that Pakistan would feel the sting of this abandoned game a bit more strongly, as they would have fancied themselves to get the better of The Lions, more so after their 14-run victory over England in the last match.
The spirits would have been high in the Pakistani dressing room and last thing they would have wanted is to wander around in the change room for an entire day, ultimately having to let go of the crucial one point.
After three matches, Pakistan are with one victory against England, one loss against West Indies and one abandoned game. Similarly, Sri Lanka lost their first match against New Zealand by a big margin, only to bounce back against Afghanistan. They are also with three points from three matches.
Pakistan- Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir
Sri Lanka- Lahiru Thirimanne, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga
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