Sri Lanka England first ODI abandoned

October 11, 2018

Sri Lanka’s first one-day international against England was abandoned after 15 overs because of rain in Dambulla.

The tourists reached 92-2 before play was suspended several times, and the match was called off around 8:30 because of a wet outfield.

Openers Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy fell for 25 and 24 respectively in the space of five balls, before Joe Root made an unbeaten 25.

The second ODI takes place in Dambulla on Saturday.

A reserve day is scheduled for Sunday.

After Sri Lanka won the toss, Roy and Bairstow looked in fluent touch, hitting eight fours between them in as many overs, with Bairstow also striking off-spinner Akila Dananjaya for six.

Bairstow edged Nuwan Pradeep behind before Roy miscued Dananjaya, who bowls both off-spin and leg-spin, to be caught at mid-off.

Root accumulated quickly, while captain Eoin Morgan hit one four and a six before the players left the field with rain looming.

The second warm-up match for the series on Saturday was abandoned without a ball being bowled because of rain.

Sri Lanka plays one Twenty20 international before a three-Test series starts on 6 November.