Rains stops England in Dambulla

11 October 2018 02:19:05 GMTPlus11

England's first one-day international against Sri Lanka was abandoned after only 15 overs after heavy rain stopped play in Dambulla.

Play had to suspended at 11:15 BST to allow covers to be brought on before the forecast downpour arrived.

The heavy rain duly arrived and, with the weather rarely threatening to clear, the match was called off at 15:45 BST following an inspection.

England had made 92-2 before play was suspended. Openers Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy fell for 25 and 24 respectively in the space of five balls.

Joe Root came in and made an unbeaten 25, joined by one-day captain Eoin Morgan, who reached 14 not out before play was derailed.

The hosts had won the toss and elected to put England in first. Roy and Bairstow looked fluent from the off, hitting eight fours between them in as many overs, with Bairstow also striking off-spinner Akila Dananjaya for six.

However, Bairstow edged Nuwan Pradeep behind before Roy miscued Dananjaya, to be caught at mid-off.

Skipper Morgan hit one four and a six before the players were taken off shortly after the drinks break.

The second game of the five-match series is scheduled to take place in Dambulla on Saturday at 05:30 BST, with a reserve day scheduled for Sunday.

England and Sri Lanka being a three-Test series on 6th November. The hosts areĀ 1.80 to win, with EnglandĀ 3.10 and the draw 5.00.

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