Rain spoils party in Dambulla

The un occasional rain in Dambulla forced the first ODI of the five-match ODI series between Sri Lanka and England to be abandoned after 15 overs of play earlier.

Rain has a say after a good start from England

England have landed in Sri Lanka for a long tour that includes five ODIs, one T20I game and three Tests. The tournament has started with the first ODI in Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium in Dambulla. But unfortunately, the opening game has come to a finish without a result due to rain.

After some last night rain in Dambulla, it was a bright sunny day till the evening in the venue. The game started under bright sunny conditions.

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Earlier in the bright conditions, Sri Lanka’s new captain Dinesh Chandimal won the toss and elected to bowl first. In the visitors’ side, Olly Stone was handed over his maiden ODI cap and was all set to make his debut in the 50-over format.

England openers Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy started the innings for England in a good flow adding 49 runs for the first wicket. The duo smashed the Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga for 37 runs in five overs of his spell after an impressive come back from the fast bowler in Asia Cup in UAE.

After a solid start from the openers, both of them returned to the dressing room in successive overs. After the back to back wickets from the openers, Joe Root and captain Eoin Morgan rebuilt the innings for England.

While the two players were rebuilding the innings, the rain came and interrupted the play when the scoreboard was on 92/2. Eoin Morgan and Joe Root were at the crease on 14 and 25 respectively.

At 3.44 pm local time, the rain started to pour in Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium in Dambulla. Since then it became more intensive. By 6.40 pm local time, ground staffs were able to remove the covers and begin their level best to present a game.

Unfortunately, an inspection at the 8.15pm local time provided the final verdict of the game as umpires called off the game since the conditions were not good enough to have a game.

Brief scores:

England: 92/2 (15)
Jonny Bairstow 25, Joe Root 25*
Nuwan Pradeep 1/23, Akila Dananjaya 1/30

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