Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 2nd ODI, Hambantota March 25, 2013

Persistent rain leads to washout


Sri Lanka 33 for 0 (Perera 18*, Dilshan 10*) v Bangladesh
Match called off due to rain
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Another rapid start for Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kusal Janith Perera was halted, then aborted, by persistent rain in Hambantota, which arrived at 2:52pm and did not cease until officials were forced to call off the match at 6:44pm. Sri Lanka were 33 without loss after five overs when the covers were called on, with Perera on 18 from 21 balls and Dilshan on 10 from 9 deliveries.

Sri Lanka's openers did not quite match the breakneck pace of Saturday evening's opening stand, but were brutal on errors in length, which the Bangladesh seam bowlers provided regularly. Dilshan leant back to crash his first ball through cover-point, when Rubel Hossain dug it in short, before Perera blasted two more short deliveries to the leg-side boundary in the next two overs. Dilshan was dropped on 9, by a diving Mushfiqur Rahim, who failed to cling to an under-edge lying low to the left, but there was hardly any time for the mistake to cost Bangladesh, as the rains arrived at the end of that over.

The hosts now head to Pallekele for the final ODI with a 1-0 lead. Southwest monsoon rains have arrived early in much of the country however, and a wet finish could well be in store for the series.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • sadequl on March 27, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    Thanks Mr.Rain for saving another definite defeat for BD thus in the end. Just wondering why the hell so many injury issues raised for BD team on this series only ! This team now really looks like, Shewag's ordinary team without their main players like ; Shakib, Tamim, Mashrafe, Shafiul and Nazmul. Team now doesn't have full strength neither in bolling nor in batting & it would not worthy enough even if we say this as BD's "A" team for now as well. Hope BCB would be much more careful & reliable to decide what sort of a plan and strategy they should take before making such foreign tours next time.

  • Manesh on March 27, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    The longest losing streak in ODIs as well as Tests is in BDs credit. 21 and 23 without a win!

  • KH. RAFIQUE on March 26, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    @Atiq Butt on (March 25, 2013, 19:52 GMT) Thanx for your concern bro.We really care if you criticize us in a structured manner.Hopefully this time we would be able to WIN both TEST and ODI series.By the way last time we lost ODI series but before that we won ODI series in ZIM 2 times.

  • Dummy4 on March 26, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    srilanka started very well. they are a good team, but it was the best chance for bangladesh to get back in the series. because conditions would suit bangladesh bowlers. this is one of the most unlucky series for bangladesh. hope we can level the series in the next match

  • Amila on March 25, 2013, 22:17 GMT

    @ JACK.SPARROW ; At the same time ask your BD friends to watch their back too without worrying about SL future. If you remember they were talking heavily on SL experienced guys like Kumar, Mahela, Dilshan & Herath and What will happen to SL cricket after their retirements.

  • Hasib on March 25, 2013, 22:12 GMT

    Notice BD went in with just 2 specialist bowlers: Razzak & Gazi. This is unbelievable stuff. What's wrong with including Musharraf and dropping Anamul? Having 3 good bowlers will give is some sort of a chance. Besides Musharraf can bat better than Anamul. Ashraful can open.

  • Dummy4 on March 25, 2013, 21:12 GMT

    I dont know if SL fans remember when we went to their country and beat them 5-1. Perhaps if SL could learn to bat the full quota of 20 overs vs India in T20 matches, SL fans would not despise India so much.

  • Rakib on March 25, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    @dhutu-chuda:you don't have to worry about our cricket. our cricket is on the right track. you better watch your back. you cant understand it sitting miles away in a tiny small isolated -from -the world pahtetic island.

  • Dummy4 on March 25, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    hahha, 50 years more to produced a batsamn hahah bangla fan really a joke hahha, By the way bangla has poor win loss ratio even zim has bater in tests, they are feeling they world champs after draw a test nearly in a decade, you got some good batsmen now, but bro you people are bid non sense while making statments, first try to win series against zim, as lost both test and Odi against them when you toured ZIm .

  • Dummy4 on March 25, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    @ibbabi Childish comments people like you post here really make me sick. It's quite understandable that you're unhappy with current/past performance of Bangladesh but claiming that they shouldn't even play is a bit excessive! In every game in the world you will see weak teams and strong teams playing against each other which is also indifferent in cricket as well. You've kept some memorable stats as well about how pathetically Bangladesh has lost to other teams. I'm a fan of Bangladesh cricket and if I knew such stats about any other weak teams at least I would post some encouraging comments here. It's irrational to believe you've pointed those stats only to criticize!

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