Lasith Malinga to Fly Back Home After the Game Against Bangladesh

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On Tuesday, both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka were left staring at the sky, waiting for some divine intervention after the start of their key match was delayed due to heavy rains.

Lasith Malinga will leave the Sri Lankan team following their World Cup Game against Bangladesh, which will be played in Bristol today, following the death of his mother-in-law.

"I know logistically, it would have been a big headache for the tournament organisers, and I know it would have been hard", he added of a World Cup that features 48 matches in 46 days.

'Reserve days if they can [arrange them] are fine but it is a major tournament and we are playing nine games so I don't think they can keep a reserve day because the next day you have to travel, ' he said.

The result will leave Sri Lanka frustrated as it is the second instant of a wash-out for the Island nation. "We put men on the moon (laughing) so why can't we have a reserve day, when actually this tournament is a long tournament?"

Exhausted of watching the rain in Bristol, he said: "Hopefully we can play".

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Rhodes was more upbeat on the prognosis of the all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who was a doubt because of a thigh injury he sustained against England at the weekend.

"We've played against the West Indies bowlers, recently, out in Ireland".

"No. Do I think it's £10,000-£20,000?"

"We don't want to win our points freely, we want to win games and gain the points", he said. We really targeted this sort of game as two points, and I know that Sri Lanka would have fought very hard and are no pushovers at all.

Australia failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the 2017 Champions Trophy in England following their rained-off matches against New Zealand and Bangladesh, before they lost to England on the Duckworth/Lewis method for weather-interrupted fixtures. "We're very, very optimistic that the treatment he will get this week and the way he can recover well that he can play in that next game against the West Indies".

What will help against the Australians, he added, was having played them in a warmup last month, so they know what's coming. "We'll be hopeful that they are going to worry about some of our players".

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