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Colombo clash washed out; Pietersen faces operation

A thunderstom in Colombo had groundstaff scurrying to put the covers on.
A thunderstom in Colombo had groundstaff scurrying to put the covers on.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Torrential rain washes out World Cup clash between Sri Lanka and Australia
  • Sri Lanka 142-3 with Kumar Sangakkara 73 not out when rains hit Colombo
  • Kevin Pietersen needs hernia surgery after England's World Cup campaign
  • ICC chief condemns violence after West Indies beat Bangladesh in Dhaka

(CNN) -- Australia and Sri Lanka saw their eagerly awaited World Cup cricket clash washed out by torrential rain in Colombo Saturday.

The repeat of the 2007 final, won by Australia, was evenly poised with the co-hosts 146 for three wickets after 32.5 overs when the downpour started at the R. Premadasa stadium.

Skipper Kumar Sangakkara was unbeaten on 73, but after a delay of nearly three hours, the umpires had no other choice than to call off the game, with both sides awarded a point apiece.

"It's a shame, it was shaping up to be a terrific game. Sangakkara was controlling the match for them," skipper Ricky Ponting told Sky Sports.

"It would have been a tough wicket to bat on second, it would have been a tough run chase."

It's a shame, it was shaping up to be a terrific game. Sangakkara was controlling the match for them
--Ricky Ponting
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The result leaves Pakistan on top of Group A with three wins from their three games and six points with Sri Lanka and Australia on five points.

Meanwhile, England's star batsman Kevin Pietersen will need hernia surgery after the World Cup and will miss out on the money-spinning Indian Premier League.

An England team spokesman insisted Pietersen would continue to play in the global showpiece event despite his injury.

He will line up with teammates Sunday against South Africa as they bid to hit back after their shock defeat to Ireland in Group B earlier this week.

Pietersen would have earned around $650,000 for playing in the IPL with the Deccan Chargers this season.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said he would be fit for the first Test of their domestic season against Sri Lanka in Cardiff starting on May 26.

ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat has condemned the attack on the West Indies bus after their nine-wicket rout of Bangladesh in Dhaka Friday.

The bus was stoned by fans furious at the home side's defeat, which all but ends their hopes of qualifying for the quarterfinals.

Police have made 38 arrests in connection with the attack but Lorgat said there were no plans to switch further matches scheduled for Dhaka to another venue.