Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st ODI, Pallekele November 1, 2012

Match abandoned without ball bowled


Sri Lanka v New Zealand match abandoned

Incessant rain and drizzle forced abandonment in the first ODI between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Pallekele, without a ball being bowled. The covers were never removed, and match referee Andy Pycroft called off the match at 17.15 local time. The weather had also severely hampered both teams' preparation in the lead-up to the match. Tuesday's Twenty20 was also a washout, after only 16 overs were bowled.

The action now heads to Colombo, which hosts the second and third ODIs of the five-match series. The monsoon rains have been no less prevalent there however, and more rain is forecast across the island over the next few days. The second ODI is scheduled to be played at the R Premadasa Stadium on Sunday.

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Sri Lanka

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  • hemanthreddy on November 3, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    New Zealand team had very good record in that ground(pallekelle) taylor,brendon had centuries in odi and t20 .but both matches belonging to world if any one among them starts going then it is impossible for the srilankans to beat them.among nz players when one starts going the other also get going .remember in nz team last bats man also is capable of hitting sixes.....

  • hemanthreddy on November 3, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    as every one talking about rain ,there is nothing we can do about rain ,so lets talk about match on tomorrow,can any body give a preview of tommorows game.

  • Mohan on November 3, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    @Sinhaya: Bro nothing agianst SL. But u were criticizing in all rain affected CL threads that CL officials has done wrong things by conducting it in South Africa. Also recommended to host in SL by giving stats of rain free matches held in SL. Thats why I made this fun on two threads. By the Way why are pulling rain affected matches in India....

  • Prashan on November 3, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    @nilb, thanks for your support bro. These fellows talk as if no other cricket playing country suffers from rain. They forget that the T20 world cup we hosted was less rain hit than the T20 world cup West Indies hosted in 2010. My point is backed by the Wikipedia details of the 2010 and 2012 T20 world cups. You may recall sir that India England test match in Bangalore in 2001, India Sri Lanka Chennai test in 2005, Sri Lanka India test match in Nagpur in 1997 were rain hit big time. I can further dig my mind if needed.

  • Nilanka on November 3, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    @Sinhaya Stop giving answers to them bro. Not worth your time.

  • Prashan on November 2, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    @himohan007, why looking for me? As if no cricket match has been rain affected in India right? Forgot how 2 out of the 3 ODIs against Aussies in Oct 2010 were washed out without a ball being bowled? The T20I against NZ in September this year washed out without a ball being bowled? AH?? Then forgot how Australia India 3rd test in 2004 in Chennai was rain hit in the last day preventing Aussies from winning? I can dig my mind more and talk about rain in India too.

  • Hasitha on November 1, 2012, 23:54 GMT

    Maybe they should reschedule all the matches to Hambanthota to have any chance of playing the matches. It's unlikely that Colombo would have any chance of playing with the recent tortential rains :(

  • Dummy4 on November 1, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    they should probably 'abandon' the whole tour

  • Dummy4 on November 1, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    Meanwhile is the warmest part of spring in NZ heading into Summer, and because of this pointless rained out ODI series in SL, NZ domestic cricket is missing out on the services of their best players

  • Dumindu on November 1, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    Sure there will be a Game on Hambanthota

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