Toss delayed as rain, dark clouds loom over Pakistan vs Sri Lanka World Cup match

BRISTOL: The toss for the World Cup group stage match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Friday was delayed due to rain as heavy clouds shrouded the sky over the Bristol County Ground.

The covers had been brought out to protect the pitch as heavy rain was pouring over Bristol.

Play was likely to be affected with overs expected to be reduced for each innings.

But overcast conditions also threw in the chance of the game being washed out, in which scenario each side would get one point each.

A weather report by BBC weather updates suggested that heavy showers were expected to be seen in the first five hours of the game.

"We will lose one point as we could’ve won this," said former Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Yousuf.

Former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq, however, thought Pakistan would benefit if overs were reduced.

"Pakistan is great at Twenty20 cricket. The match should happen, whether its 20 or 22 overs. Its good for Pakistan either way," he said.

"We are very good at T20. (If playing time is reduced) We should follow those T20 strategies," former Pakistan cricketer Sikander Bakht told Geo News.

Pakistan were looking to maintain its unbeaten streak against Sri Lanka in the group stage match. Pakistan has beaten Sri Lanka in all their previous seven World Cup encounters.

The last time the teams met was in 2011 with Pakistan winning by 11 runs.

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