Sri Lanka v England: First ODI abandoned after heavy rain

A view of the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, with the covers on and rain falling during the abandoned first ODI between Sri Lanka and England

First ODI, Dambulla
England 92-2 (15 overs): Bairstow 25, Root 25*
Sri Lanka: Did not bat
No result – match abandoned

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

The tourists reached 92-2 before play was suspended at 11:15 BST, and the match was called off at 15:45 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 at 05:30 BST.

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.

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

“It has been a little bit frustrating but there is plenty of energy in the camp, we’re excited about being here and getting into the series,” Morgan told BBC Sport.

“This has halted that energy a bit but we’re hoping to get a full game in for the second match, especially with the reserve day.

“Only time will tell if we’ve had enough preparation but we certainly will be fresh.”

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

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