Ground staff work to clear water off the outfield in Bristol, but the game between Pakistan and Sri Lanka was eventually called off. Photo: David Davies/PA via AP

BRISTOL – The World Cup match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka was abandoned without a ball being bowled on Friday after persistent rain in Bristol.

The game was scheduled to begin at 10.30am local time (11.30am SA time), but was eventually called off in the afternoon, with both teams being awarded 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.

Pakistan lost to the West Indies by seven wickets at Trent Bridge before beating England by 14 runs at the same venue on Monday.

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.

The call-off upset fans who had travelled to watch the game.

“We came from Lahore to watch this match, and it proved a damp squib,” said Farhan Malik.

“We lost a crucial point because we were sure of beating Sri Lanka.”

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AFP