Live Updates

  • 9:51 PM IST

    Dimuth Karunaratne (2/2): We did really well against Afghanistan. If you get a good start, you can keep going with the momentum. If you take the last couple of games, we couldn’t capitalize in the middle order. As a group we’re doing really good.

  • 9:51 PM IST

    Dimuth Karunaratne (1/2): We came here to play. Really disappointed as a team and as an individual (with the washout). We won the last game; ended up with a high note. We might have lost some matches, but want to give some fight. Want to compete with the others.

  • 8:52 PM IST

    Sarfaraz Ahmed (2/2): Dressing room is very confident after England match. Australia is a strong team, we have to play stronger than them. Hopefully, we work harder before that match.

  • 8:52 PM IST

    Sarfaraz Ahmed (1/2): We wanted to play the match, unfortunately we couldn’t do anything. We’ll take one point before the Australia match. Momentum was very high after the England match. Unfortunately, we didn’t play today. We have a confident side so hopefully we’ll do well against Australia. Every team is scared about Pakistan.

  • 8:48 PM IST

    Game 11 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Bristol’s County Ground has been called off on account of rain, with Pakistan and Sri Lanka each handed one point for the wash out.

    The decision was taken by the match officials at 13:45 local time.

    This was the third match for both teams, each of whom has won one and lost one match in the World Cup.

  • 8:16 PM IST

    BREAKING NEWS: GAME CALLED OFF. Unfortunate for the number of fans gathered here in
    Bristol. One point each to Sri Lanka and Pakistan. It has been that kind
    of day. That’s it from me from the venue, I will be back with updates
    from India vs Australia at The Oval on Sunday.

  • 8:14 PM IST

    Forecast is for rain from 4pm (30%) until the early hours of tomorrow. It’s 3:41pm. No effort to remove the covers. Can’t see a game happening. Here come the umpires.

  • 8:14 PM IST

    Latest from Bristol: Match referee Andy Pycroft joins the match officials on the field. A few Pakistan players near the boundary watching. The officials go to inspect the area near the pitch.

  • 8:07 PM IST

    From Jamie Alter: OK, folks. The three umpires are in a chat. And off they go inside. Not long now until we know what happens. I reckon we are not going to get a game, sadly. There’s more rain forecast today.

  • 7:57 PM IST

    Latest Update from Jamie Alter: Umpires walk over the covered area near the pitch and back to the
    outfield. Super-sopper still at work. Llong and Gould in a chat. Slowly
    walking and looking down at the grass. A member of the ground staff with
    them. Fingers being pointed to parts of the outfield.

  • 7:49 PM IST

    The three umpires are now near the covers. Keep in mind, there has been
    no movement yet to get the area under the covers ready. You reckon at
    least 45 minutes are needed to get the ground ready for a T20.

  • 7:49 PM IST

    Latest Update from Jamie Alter: Umpires are walking out. Covers haven’t moved. Still gloomy overhead. Nigel Llong and Ian Gould join Rod Tucker near the covers. Lots of toes gingerly poking the grass. Now they’re walking towards the boundary.

  • 7:32 PM IST

    Latest update: So the first inspection is over. The next inspection is at 3:15 local time (7:45 pm IST)

  • 7:14 PM IST

    Sri Lanka vs Pakistan latest update: The three match officials scatter across the outfield, inspecting various spots. Super-sopper at work near the bowler’s mark at one end and another section of the outfield.

  • 6:30 PM IST

    Latest update from Bristol: Rain has finally stopped and the ground staff is getting the ground ready. Fans though are positive.

  • 6:06 PM IST

    Hopeful fans



  • 5:54 PM IST

    Rain has stopped!

  • 5:01 PM IST

    Adding further support to MS Dhoni, after ICC objected to him sporting a Special Forces insignia, ‘Balidaan’ in his wicketkeeping gloves, new-appointed Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju stated that BCCI should stand with Indian legend and his identity is the country’s identity.

  • 4:27 PM IST

    The drizzle is back

  • 3:12 PM IST

    The drizzle has stopped but no signs of play anytime soon. Bitingly cold. 12 degrees. Many more fans in now. Almost entirely Pakistan fans. Many flags. A game of soft ball, one-tip-one-hand cricket going on between a group of fans.

  • 2:42 PM IST

    Latest start time 8:45 pm IST for 20-over-game

  • 2:36 PM IST

    Latest start time is 7:00 pm IST for 20-over-game

  • 2:26 PM IST

    Toss delayed – So toss won’t happen at scheduled time

  • 2:01 PM IST

    This is the latest update folks!

  • 1:58 PM IST

    Update from Jamie Alter at Bristol – The teams have not left the hotel and its raining in Bristol

  • 12:38 PM IST

    Not looking good at Bristol

  • 12:31 PM IST

    Wicket-keeper Shazad has suffered a knee injury which has ruled him out of further participation in the event.

  • 12:31 PM IST

    The BCCI has decided to back MS Dhoni for sporting a Special Forces insignia, ‘Balidaan’ in his wicketkeeping gloves, to which the ICC had objected.

  • 12:30 PM IST

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Match 11 of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at County Ground. Bristol on Friday. After losing to West Indies in their first game Pakistan bounced back in style, hammering England and are buoyant, heading in to the third game of the tournament.

Match highlights, Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, Match 11: Pakistan-Sri Lanka match called off due to wet outfield

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Match 11 of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at County Ground. Bristol on Friday. After losing to West Indies in their first game Pakistan bounced back in style, hammering England and are buoyant, heading in to the third game of the tournament.

Sri Lanka, on the other hand, had to scrape past Afghanistan after losing their first match to New Zealand. Today’s fixture will be hampered by rain as there is 90 per cent chance of showers in the afternoon, when the match is scheduled to begin.

SL vs PAK PREVIEW

For two teams coming off rejuvenating victories, match 11 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 could end up a dampener.

The forecast for Bristol on Friday (June 7) is for heavy rain all through the day. At 10:30am local time, when this match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka is due to begin, the chance of rain is predicted for 80%. It is not a situation either team will fancy, for a washed out game could end up hurting them in the back end of the tournament.

Locals reckon the rain won’t let up, so we could all be in for a frustrating day.

Sri Lanka have never beaten Pakistan in a World Cup match, but Dimuth Karunaratne is confident that his team can become the first to do so. After losing to New Zealand by ten wickets, Sri Lanka overcame a scare against Afghanistan to find some momentum, which Karunaratne said instilled a greater sense of belief in the squad.

Up against the most unpredictable team in the sport, Sri Lanka are ready for a fightback. In this World Cup, Pakistan were bowled out for 105 by West Indies and then made 348 to beat England. What Pakistan team turns up in their third match remains to be seen.

Twenty years separated Pakistan’s only two ODI matches in Bristol. During the 1999 World Cup, they beat West Indies here. Last month, they lost here to England by six wickets despite scoring 358.