ICL: Indian Cricket League

India-Sri Lanka ODI abandoned once again


Heavy rain washed out the first limited-overs international between India and Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese sports club here on Saturday.

A sharp thundershower around 10.30 am (0500 GMT) waterlogged the outfield and forced the game to be called off an hour later. The remaining two matches will be played on Sunday (today) and Tuesday at the same venue, weather permitting.

India were due to resume at Friday’s score of 11-0 in 3.4 overs with captain Rahul Dravid on nine and Sachin Tendulkar, returning to international cricket after five months, on two. Just 16 minutes play was possible on Friday due to rain and match referee Chris Broad had ruled play would resume at that score on Saturday.

The three-match series has been organised in lieu of the tri-series that was cancelled on Wednesday after South Africa pulled out due to security reasons.

“It is obviously not the ideal situation,” said Dravid. “It is frustrating sitting in hotel rooms with nothing to do but one really does not have control over the weather. We are doing our best to stay match-fit by spending time in the gym and the pool but everyone wants cricket to be played,” he added.

The Indian team has played just one practice match since their arrival nine days ago. A preceding two-Test series between Sri Lanka and South Africa was held in sunny conditions with the hosts winning both matches. Bad weather hit the Sri Lankan capital just as the Indians landed here on August 10.

Source:The News

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