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

Pallekele rain blanks out first T20

ESPNcricinfo staff
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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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  • 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 .

  • wazza85 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.

  • 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.

  • Ram1968 on November 20, 2013, 5:33 GMT

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

  • 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

  • gibbs.175 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

  • 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.

  • RobTay14 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.

  • 22many 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 vote...in 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.

  • CricketFever11 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?

  • 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 .

  • wazza85 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.

  • 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.

  • Ram1968 on November 20, 2013, 5:33 GMT

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

  • 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

  • gibbs.175 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

  • 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.

  • RobTay14 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.

  • 22many 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 vote...in 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.

  • CricketFever11 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?

  • on November 19, 2013, 23:27 GMT

    May be it is better we play our cricket in Dubai like our friend Pakistan is doing!

  • on November 19, 2013, 23:15 GMT

    The month of November receives the highest rainfall in Sri Lanka, and we look forward to rain during this time of the year than cricket!

  • MAN_AT_WORK on November 19, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    Hope NZ enjoying their holiday in Sri Lanka ;)

  • choppa13 on November 19, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    NZ cricket made a great decision by leaving the key blackcap players at home because they may as well be sitting around at home getting ready for the home summer then sitting around in the rain in Sri Lanka. This scheduling is ridiculous I hope the NZ board never agree to a tour in Sri Lanka at this time of year ever perhaps we should invite them here in June/july. as a kiwi and staunch supporter I'm glad NZ sent there b team this tour has been a waste of time and the only good thing to come from it is the little bit of exposure the young and inexperienced players are getting when its not raining.

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  • choppa13 on November 19, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    NZ cricket made a great decision by leaving the key blackcap players at home because they may as well be sitting around at home getting ready for the home summer then sitting around in the rain in Sri Lanka. This scheduling is ridiculous I hope the NZ board never agree to a tour in Sri Lanka at this time of year ever perhaps we should invite them here in June/july. as a kiwi and staunch supporter I'm glad NZ sent there b team this tour has been a waste of time and the only good thing to come from it is the little bit of exposure the young and inexperienced players are getting when its not raining.

  • MAN_AT_WORK on November 19, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    Hope NZ enjoying their holiday in Sri Lanka ;)

  • on November 19, 2013, 23:15 GMT

    The month of November receives the highest rainfall in Sri Lanka, and we look forward to rain during this time of the year than cricket!

  • on November 19, 2013, 23:27 GMT

    May be it is better we play our cricket in Dubai like our friend Pakistan is doing!

  • CricketFever11 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?

  • 22many 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 vote...in 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.

  • RobTay14 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.

  • 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.

  • gibbs.175 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

  • 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