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SL vs BP XI: First day's play abandoned

Atapattu described the loss of the day's play unfortunate, and expressed hope that they would get at least two days of practice.

india Updated: Nov 26, 2005 15:24 IST

Play was abandoned on the opening day of Sri Lanka's three-day tour opener against Board President's XI following wet ground conditions and dampness on the pitch at M Chinnaswamy Stadium here today.

The Sri Lankans as well as the Y Venugopal Rao-led Indian outfit appeared a disappointed lot but they could do little as the weather did not oblige them.

Lankan captain Marvan Atapattu described the loss of the day's play unfortunate, and expressed hope that they would get at least two days of match practice.

Cloudy weather prevailed in Bangalore, which experienced intermittent rains in the past few days.

Umpires Shahvir Tarapore and T K Handu inspected the pitch this morning and again at 12.45 pm, and ruled out play for the day.

Sri Lankan coach Tom Moody, and his President's XI counterpart VB Chandrasekar also had a look at the pitch.

The umpires would again inspect the pitch tomorrow morning.

The Sri Lankans, who lost the recent one-day series to India 1-6, were looking for some useful practice before the first of the three-Test series starts at Chennai on December 2, but the weather has played truant.

In fact, ever since they arrived here on Wednesday night, the tourists have not been able to have net practice on the ground. They were forced to confine themselves to the National Cricket Academy, where they had indoor training sessions.

First Published: Nov 26, 2005 15:20 IST