The first ODI match between home team Sri Lanka and touring team England held on October 10 ends with No Result. After 15 overs of play in Dambulla, heavy rain interrupted play. As a substantial storm whizzed through the ground of play and even though the covers were on throughout the field the umpires gauged it would be unsafe for the players to play on a wet outfield.
England was on a steady 92 for the loss of two wickets when the rain had stopped play. After winning the toss, the Sri Lankan captain chose to field first. Skipper Dinesh Chandimal thought the moisture would help his bowlers have the edge. Sri Lankan bowlers Lasith Malinga, Akila Dananjaya and Nuwan Pradeep had bowled five overs each. Although Dananjaya and Pradeep had dismissed both English openers, Jason Roy and Johnny Bairstow, captain Eoin Morgan and Joe Root held it together for England.
The English skipper said that the umpires “made the right decision” and as much as they wanted the play to continue “player safety is paramount”. “It was quite competitive in the first 15 overs,” he said. The game was just starting to unfold. They took two wickets, and me and Root had just started to get something going, but I don’t think I could predict what would have happened from there,” Morgan added.
England was already short of practice as both the warm-up matches prior to the series were affected by weather and bad light. While the first practice match was reduced to 35.3 overs due to bad light, the second was washed out entirely. Both those matches were scheduled in Colombo, the first of which was won by England by 43 runs(DLS method). Debutant Olly Stone who was picked in the English squad and eventually in the playing XI of the first ODI didn’t get to perform. He remained wicketless in the first practice match against Sri Lanka XI wherein he bowled six overs and conceded 32 runs.
Results and Fixtures:
1st ODI (D/N) – No Result. (Match abandoned due to a wet outfield)
2nd ODI – Dambulla: Saturday, October 13, 9.45 am Local Time
3rd ODI (D/N) – Kandy: Wednesday, October 17, 2.30 pm Local Time
4th ODI – Kandy: Saturday, October 20, 9.45 am Local Time
5th ODI (D/N) – Colombo: Tuesday, October 23, 2.30pm Local Time