1st India-Lanka ODI washed out
Heavy rain in Colombo forced the on-field umpires to abandon play. Only 3.4 overs were played yesterday. Scorecardindia Updated: Aug 19, 2006 13:07 IST
The first of the three-match series between India and Sri Lanka has been abandoned following torrential showers in Colombo on Saturday.
The match, spread over two days, was suspended last evening under similar circumstances with India, electing to bat, on 11 for no loss.
Skipper Rahul Dravid was on nine while Sachin Tendulkar - making a return to international cricket after a five month lay-off - scored two.
Overnight rain notwithstanding, the sun had come out for a brief interval over Colombo SSC early in the morning prompting the on-field umpires to indicate towards a delayed and heavily curtailed match.
However the skyline was soon replaced by a dark cloud cover and finally heavy rain, forcing even the groundstaff to abandon the tarpulin sheets they were diligently holding on to and seek cover inside the ground.
The capital city of Colombo off the western coast has been lashed with thundershowers over the past few days making sure that only 22 balls of cricketing action was possible over the past few days.
With a bleak forecast for next week, the final two matches are also in danger of facing similar fate.
Sri Lanka: S Jayasuriya, U Tharanga, M Jayawardene (c), KC Sangakkara (wk), TM Dilshan, CK Kapugedera, MF Maharoof, C Vaas, M Muralitharan, L Malinga, D Fernando
India: V Sehwag, S Tendulkar, R Dravid (c), Yuvraj Singh, M Kaif, MS Dhoni (wk), I Pathan, A Agarkar, Harbhajan Singh, R Powar, M Patel