After the second one-day international match between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, which was being played in Pallekele, was called off due to rain, Afghanistan secured their spot in the ICC ODI World Cup, which will be held in India in 2019.
Due to the fact that there was no result, Afghanistan were awarded five additional points in the World Cup Super League standings, bringing their total for the current cycle up to 115 points.
The current standings have Afghanistan comfortably placed in seventh place, and the top eight teams will earn automatic spots in the next round of the Super League tournament if they finish in those positions.
Although the five points were a positive outcome for Afghanistan, it was the complete opposite for Sri Lanka, whose chances of qualifying for the next round automatically were severely diminished as a result of the loss.
The team captained by Dasun Shanaka is currently in 10th place on the standings with only 67 points, and they have just four more matches to play before the end of the current round to try and make it into the top eight.
In the third and final One-Day International match of the series, which will take place on Wednesday in Pallekele, Sri Lanka will be competing against Afghanistan with the goal of winning and tying the series.