Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Colombo June 13, 2012

Match abandoned after heavy showers

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Pakistan 12 for 2 v Sri Lanka Match abandoned due to rain
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The south-west monsoon allowed only 6.2 overs of play in the third ODI between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the R Premadasa Stadium, leaving the series level at 1-1.

There were early warning signs that the match could be a stop-start affair as a brief shower forced the groundstaff to bring on the covers soon after the toss. The rain relented and the match began on time, but only one ball was bowled after which the showers returned to hold up play for 75 minutes.

When the cricket resumed, Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekara got the ball to jag around to test Pakistan's batsmen. Mohammad Hafeez perished in the first over, nibbling at a swinging delivery from Malinga to edge to the keeper. Kulasekara's inswing caused more problems, and several close calls, before Azhar Ali was adjudged lbw in the sixth over though the ball looked to have struck him outside off.

Only two more balls were bowled before the umpires decided to halt play as ominous clouds threatened an extended break. The covers were on even before the rain began, but it hardly let up through the rest of the day. The groundstaff took off the covers several times, but the rain didn't stay away long enough for a resumption.

There had been plenty of debate before this match over whether Pakistan needed to play an extra batsman, and it was settled as Pakistan chose to bring in a specialist batsman, Asad Shafiq, in place of fast bowler Rahat Ali. There wasn't enough play, however, to test the soundness of the strategy. There also wasn't enough play for 34-year-old left-arm-spinner Sajeewa Weerakoon, making his debut seven years after his first national call-up, to either bat or bowl.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on June 14, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    ITS VERY BAD WE ARE VERY UPSET

  • Syed_imran_abbas on June 14, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    Why did they scheduled this series in dry areas? what a waste of time and money. I am so disappointed as pakistan was playing this series after some gap. really wanted to see a full series.

  • rukii on June 14, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    @raj2000 good idea to fine the home board. but rather than building a new stadium with a domed roof. they can schedule a match in the dry zone. of course in sri lanka we have a one in dambulla.

  • rukii on June 14, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    @ those who are worried about the T20 world cup. Don"t worry T20 world cup scheduled in September (between two monsoons). south west monsoon will spoil the remaining pak tour and even indian tour.

  • Mr.Khb on June 14, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    SLCB should've hosted the matches at Dambulla. Cuz theres no rain these days.

  • dummy4fb on June 14, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    i think Pak batting line up serious considerations ! Hafeez and younis are not serious in scoring runs both needs to be out of team for some time i think malik deserves place in oneday and nasir jamshed or ahmed shehzad needs to back as openers

  • anver777 on June 14, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    This monsoon rain may spoil the remaining matches too at RPS !!!!!! Result 1/1

  • dummy4fb on June 14, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    Besides the SL cricket board couldn't really have it in April cause the IPL was on and during that time the only players free to play were Pakistan.

  • Solace1 on June 14, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    Its been a tight series between the two 'minnows' so far,

  • Raj2000 on June 14, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    It really isn't fair for everyone concerned (fans as well as advertisers) when a match gets cancelled due to rain. The cricket board in each country should know their weather tendencies and schedule matches accordingly. In my opinion anytime a match gets cancelled due to rain, the governing cricket board should be fined heavily and that money should be put aside to build a new stadium that has a domed roof which would allow a match to proceed despite rain. It may sound like an outrageous idea but when a match gets cancelled everyone loses. The fans, players, advertisers - everyone!

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