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The Latest: Sri Lanka's Malinga returning home briefly

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Day 13 of the Cricket World Cup (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

Sri Lanka Cricket has tweeted that Lasith Malinga will return home after the death of his mother-in-law, Kanthi Perera, in Colombo.

The fast bowler is due to leave England after the scheduled game against Bangladesh, which has yet to start because of rain in Bristol.

Her funeral is on Thursday, and SLC expect him to rejoin the team before its next Cricket World Cup match on Saturday against Australia at the Oval.

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12:20 p.m.

Scheduled pitch inspections in Bristol at 10:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. were both postponed because of rain.

The prospect of any play between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka looks increasingly unlikely.

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12:15 p.m.

Australia allrounder Marcus Stoinis has been ruled out of the game against Pakistan on Wednesday in Taunton because of a side strain, and Mitchell Marsh is coming to the Cricket World Cup as cover.

Stoinis picked up the injury in the loss to India on Sunday at the Oval. He claimed two wickets, notably a brilliant caught and bowled against Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and earned Virat Kohli's, caught in the deep. In Australia's chase, he was out for a second-ball duck.

Stoinis hasn't been replaced permanently in Australia's 15-man squad.

Marsh was due to arrive in England at the end of the week as part of an Australia A tour of the counties, building up to the Ashes.

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10 a.m.

Light rain has delayed the toss for the Bangladesh-Sri Lanka match in Bristol, where it has been raining since Monday.

The umpires will inspect the pitch, which is covered, and the soaked outfield at 10:30 a.m.

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9:10 a.m.

If weather permits, Bangladesh will seek a first Cricket World Cup win over Sri Lanka at Bristol County Ground.

The forecast is for light rain all day. Bristol was the site of the tournament's first washout last Friday, also involving Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka has won all three of these previous matchups in tournament history and, on average, beats Bangladesh in six out of every seven matches.

But Sri Lanka is without fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep, who dislocated a finger in his right bowling hand after he was hit by a ball in net practice on Sunday. He is expected to miss only this game. Pradeep was voted player of the match in the win against Afghanistan and is the team's leading wicket-taker at this World Cup.

Sri Lanka still has Lasith Malinga slinging deliveries and, after claiming three wickets against the Afghans, he's among the top five wicket-takers in World Cup history. He has 46, three behind countryman Chaminda Vaas.

Bangladesh is concerned about star allrounder Shakib Al Hasan, who hurt his quadriceps on Saturday while scoring a century against England, and didn't practice on Monday.

Bangladesh left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman is set to play his 50th ODI. He has 11 wickets in seven matches against Sri Lanka.

Both teams have one win from three matches at the World Cup.

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