Points shared as Pakistan vs Sri Lanka match gets called off

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Rain delayed the start of the World Cup match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Bristol. They were fully aware that the game against shaky Sri Lanka was a flawless opportunity to record their second consecutive win in the event.

Pakistan, who bounced back into contention for a place in the World Cup semi-finals with a stunning 14-run triumph over England last Monday, will get a point from the washed out game against the Sri Lankans. Pakistan's campaign in the 1992 World Cup, which it won, and its start in the 2019 edition has thrown up a pattern that has whipped up talk around the Sarfaraz Ahmed-led side. It will be an interesting encounter between these two teams and it will be crucial for both the teams to register their second win in order to move ahead in the tournament.

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It is only the second World Cup match in England to have been abandoned without a ball being bowled. Sri Lanka had a chance today to do something they have never done before at any Cricket World Cup: Beat Pakistan. The win over pre-tournament favorite England was a dramatic turnaround from Pakistan's heavy opening loss to West Indies.

"It was just so good to see us go out and play with the belief and intensity that we had spoken about", Arthur told AFP.

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Sri Lanka will value that point more than its opponent.

In the head-to-head competition between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in World Cups, Pakistan was leading by 6-0. "We won't relax in our remaining six matches", Sarfaraz added. Pakistan play defending champion Australia in Taunton on Wednesday.

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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.

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