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Rain plays spoilsport, match abandoned

The game was called off after Pakistan's innings. Maharoof and Lokuarachchi shared six wickets to restrict them to 201 for eight in the first ODI.

india Updated: Mar 18, 2006 00:32 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse

Heavy rain forced play to be abandoned on Friday in the opening ODI match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan, with the teams never returning to the ground after Pakistan made a modest 201 runs for eight wickets.

The downpour began after the end of the Pakistani innings, and officials called off play shortly after that.

Earlier, Sri Lankan all-rounder Farveez Maharoof and leg spinner Kaushal Lokuarachchi shared six wickets to restrict Pakistan to 201 for eight.

Paceman Maharoof applied pressure with the new ball during a miserly opening spell, taking 2-16 from eight consecutive overs, before returning to dismiss Inzamam ul-Haq (24) during a second mid-innings spell.

Lokuarachchi, playing ahead of first-choice leg spinner Malinga Bandara because of his batting ability, picked up the important wickets of Mohammad Yousuf, Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq.

Maharoof finished with 3-24 from 10 overs and Lokuarchchi claimed 3-47.

The pair's performances, supported by sharp fielding, justified Marvan Atapattu's brave decision to bowl first on a two-paced pitch at Premadasa International Stadium.

None of Pakistan's batsmen were able to score freely with Mohammad Yousuf spending nearly two hours at the crease for his 46, the top score.

The innings sparked into life only during a 53-run stand in 68 balls between Yousuf and Inzamam, a fourth-wicket partnership that was ended by a brilliant one-handed catch by wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara to dismiss Inzamam.

Pakistan collapsed to 127-6 before a late recovery led by Younis Khan (41) and Adbul Razzaq (32).

Thunderstorms are forecast for the evening. The second and third matches in the three-match series will be played on Sunday and Tuesday.


Pakistan: S Butt c Lokuarachchi b Malinga 26, K Akmal b Maharoof 5, S Malik b Maharoof 7, Md Yousuf c Dilshan b Lokuarachchi 46, I Haq c Sangakkara b Maharoof 24, Y Khan b Prasad 41, S Afridi lbw b Lokuarachchi 2, A Razzaq c Tharanga b Lokuarachchi 32, N Hasan not out 4, I Anjum not out 1, Extras: (b-3, lb-2, w-3, nb-5) 13, Total: (for 8 wkts; 50 overs) 201.

Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-27, 3-54, 4-107, 5-121, 6-127, 7-179, 8-198.

Bowling: Malinga 10-1-38-1, Maharoof 10-1-24-3, Prasad 10-0-54-1, Muralitharan 10-1-33-0, Lokuarachchi 10-0-47-3.

First Published: Mar 17, 2006 00:00 IST