Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st T20, Pallekele November 19, 2013

Pallekele rain blanks out first T20

ESPNcricinfo staff

Match abandoned Sri Lanka v New Zealand

Even Pallekele wasn't spared of the wet weather as persistent rain abandoned the opening T20 without a ball bowled. The heavy downpour in the evening meant that the toss was itself a non-starter. The match was called off nearly an hour and 45 minutes after the scheduled 7pm start.

All four matches on the tour so far, in three different venues, have been affected by rain. The first ODI in Hambantota was abandoned shortly after New Zealand began their chase of 289. The second and third matches, at Hambantota and Dambulla respectively, were shortened affairs with the Duckworth-Lewis method adjudicating in both. Rain was expected in Pallekele as well and as a result, the T20 series will be reduced to a one-off shootout at the same venue on Thursday, if the weather allows.

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  • Dummy4 on November 20, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    These has hapening all the time caz srilanka cricket is irresponsible whe all know that they schedule the games when they even know the weather gonna be bad these is what upset me the most i m a big fan of srilanka cricket they have produce world class player even our pitch main man is from srilanka gamini de silva if i spell it right .

  • Warren on November 20, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    Ho gosh were is SL cricket heading not only can the selection committee get their players right. but the SLC board cannot get their schedule right. what a disaster. i am sure if you ask a person on the road what the rainy season in SL is they will tell you. more cost on the board with no results. and on Fords comment on SL heading in the right direction for the T20 WC, not sure of that with the batting performance.

  • Dummy4 on November 20, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    Well this was a close contested game where Mills came 1/100 th of a second short of Mathews and Mathews won the game. it was a facinating game but mills was in disadvantage as Mathews had more experience in competetive swimming at his school. :D just kidding there.

    but to the acyual problem yeah it rains in Nov. but this year only non raining months Sri Lanka didn't have any of our major players home due to some reason ( which if I say will attract lot of comments here) and all hte other time ( unexpectedly) had rain all over the country. hopefully next year that reason will fall on Nov - Jan and matches will (hopefully) not fall on Nov - jan in SL.

  • Ramprasad on November 20, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    Rains are the reason as SL team plays most matches with India team in INDIA :) :)

  • Dummy4 on November 20, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    Schedules and venues of the matches are decided by the high ranking politicians.See Hambantota, Dambulla and Pallekele..Nature has answered for them

  • Harjinder on November 20, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    cricket series in Sri Lanka is always under threat of rain,I never did see any series which been played completely .So Icc should think about Sri Lankan weather before schedule , only two -three are good to play there....wasting time and cricket .think about it

  • Dummy4 on November 20, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    Have to agree with Choppa here. It seems it worked out the best with the Seniors at home getting ready for India and the West Indies. The new boys have done so much better than expected and even Mills has done a decent job as captain. The openers look fragile but they have had their moments especially Latham. Anderson has the potential to be our best all-rounder since Cairns.

    I am hoping that the selectors will deliver a quality team for the summer series and that McCullum starts talking with his bat and not just his mouth.

  • Robert on November 20, 2013, 1:29 GMT

    Touring Sri Lanka at this time is ridiculous. Exact same thing happened last time NZ were there, every game was rain effected, not to mention the D/L system seemed to favour Sri Lanka every time. Stupid series. And scheduling last nights game at 2.30 in the morning here, when they could have easily made it a ten or even twelve o'clock game so we could watch it, just another stupid decision made on this fail of a tour.

  • paul on November 20, 2013, 0:55 GMT

    Hey Choppa, do you really think anyone really cares about NZC....anyone who thinks our present so called coach is a better coach than the great John Wright, doesn't get my fact, I would say 99% of all NZC fans (probably only a couple of dozen left outside Otago) would think like wise.....anyway the real cricket starts tomorrow in Brisbane.

  • Md on November 20, 2013, 0:18 GMT

    This time always raining in Sri Lanka. Instead of hosting New Zealand, New Zealand could have hosted Sri Lanka. Does FTP allow that?

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