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Sri Lanka clinch rain-hit one-day series

The third and final one-dayer between England and Sri Lanka was washed out without a ball being bowled in Colombo on Sunday.

india Updated: Nov 23, 2003 21:06 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse

The third and final one-day cricket international between England and Sri Lanka was washed out without a ball being bowled at the Premedasa Stadium here on Sunday.

Sri Lanka clinched the three-match series 1-0 following their 10-wicket victory in the opening match at Dambulla. The second match at the same venue here was also rained off on Friday.

Groundsmen at the stadium worked hard for two days and when things looked bright for a timely start on Sunday, rains came down just 10 minutes before the scheduled start.

England captain Michael Vaughan was disappointed over not getting a chance to come back in the series after losing at Dambulla.

"It has been really disappointing but the rain was too heavy and the conditions were not up to international standards," said Vaughan. "We hope there won't be any rain in the Test series."

England, who were bowled out for 88 in the first one-dayer, will now play a three-Test series starting at Galle from December 2.

Sri Lankan captain Marvan Atapattu hoped his team would continue the good work in the Tests.

"We had done our homework and were really looking forward to the one-dayers. We will now have to wait for the Tests," said Atapattu.

England play a three-day practice game against a Sri Lanka-A team here from Wednesday before the Test series.


First Published: Nov 23, 2003 14:36 IST