Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Colombo

Match abandoned after heavy showers

The Report by Siddarth Ravindran

June 13, 2012

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

The covers come on at the R Premadasa Stadium, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Colombo, June 13, 2012
Only 6.2 overs of play were possible due to incessant rain © AFP

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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Posted by   on (June 14, 2012, 14:42 GMT)


Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by Mr.Khb on (June 14, 2012, 7:14 GMT)

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

Posted by   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

Posted by anver777 on (June 14, 2012, 4:56 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by Solace1 on (June 14, 2012, 4:06 GMT)

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

Posted by 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!

Posted by Desihungama on (June 14, 2012, 1:57 GMT)

I am more amazed at the fact no game was played and yet over 20 odd comments on the page?

Posted by Sinhaya on (June 14, 2012, 0:21 GMT)

At those who are saying Sri Lanka is a bad place for playing cricket well then forgot how 3 out of 5 days in the 3rd test in Birmingham were washed out? Sri Lanka has played plenty of international matches without any rain interruptions. I wish however that the ODIs were played in Dambulla as it is totally dry at this time of the year.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 23:44 GMT)

@Fahad Memon - Exactly, especially at this time of the year. Then why did they schedule this series during this time? Also, worrying signs for this year's World T20. Every1 pays for their ticket to see the full match, not just 10 overs or 15! They should've known this from past experience.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 22:58 GMT)

As a matter of fact Iwas actually hoping that we make it to 150 plus minus. Dude there was a lot fr the bowlers on today's pitch early on. And with our bowling attack and a paltry score you never know with pak. They thrive on that and are more than capable of restricting any team to under 3 figures specially when the pitch has something to offer. Nevertheless. the rain was such a disappointment. We probably missed one of those edge of the seat matches.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 19:50 GMT)

sri lanka is very bad place for playing cricket

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (June 13, 2012, 19:49 GMT)

Pakistan really messed up in the toss and got let go with the rain. Because of the history of the ground, they chose to bat, but the first couple overs the ball was jagging around all over the place. Just the kind of surface Thissara and Kulasekara would have thrived on

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (June 13, 2012, 19:46 GMT)

Weerakoon is probably the most unluckiest bowler in cricketing history. His averages suggest that he should have been picked a long time ago. At least other cricketing players get at least a game or two of chances. Weerakoon has gotten no chances in the 17 years he's been playing. First Class Average: 20.4, List A Average: 21.6 with an economy of 3.77. Lets compare to Herath's Stats: First Class Average: 25. List A Average: 25.3 with economy of 4.1. Herath is older than Weerakoon too by a year. I think Weerakoon should be given more chances

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 19:25 GMT)

@Vinod, i thought Lanka was lucky too after getting Azhar out due to Asoka special...... how on earth is mr de silva standing in a cricket match?????

Posted by Altamash.Baig on (June 13, 2012, 18:40 GMT)

Twice in 2 matches Paksitan's best batsman from the previous match got a poor decision from the umpire. Even the umpire realized his mistake and asked for the covers before any other wickets could fall.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

That's Cricket for ya!, pointless series anyway :)

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

Too bad they couldn't use ICC's preferred Duckworth-Lewis system. :P Here's an idea to make the Duckworth-Lewis system more effective. If only team is able to bat when the game is called off, simply determine the par score for the number of overs completed (and the wickets they have lost), and then decide the result based on that. Apparently, according to ICC, it is okay to call off a game when only team has been able to bat, but it is not okay to call off a game when the team batting second has batted for a specified number of overs. It is not even okay to resume the game after the interruption if there are floodlights available. The farcical Eng-SA semi-final which led to this DL would have never happened if they could only keep the floodlights on for 10 more minutes.

Posted by imranmujtaba on (June 13, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

Pak always try to cover batting by putting more pressure on bowler.... Pakistan has to really think about middle order..... introduce new faces in the middle, give more oppurtunity Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail and few other younger player instead of Misbah And younis ....... otherwise soon Pak team will have OLDIES and all of them will possibly retire same time !!! Younis, Misbah (selfish player - he may never retire), Afridi, Ajmal and GUL .... Pakistan do not have bench power to replace them :( THINK PCB THINK !!!

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 18:03 GMT)

pak got lucky today...they gonna all out under 150 runs today...

Posted by RameshRayaprolu on (June 13, 2012, 17:52 GMT)

I think rain will also see through the upcoming t20 world cup :) :) !! I suppose its wrong timing for the T20 WC in Srilanka...may the 'lucky team' win :) :) !!

Posted by quizmaster8463 on (June 13, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

OOOH baby the green brigade just got a good luck today .but one thing have u all noticed that Weerakoon made his debut in this match and what happen that he don't get the chance to bowl bad luck after seven years he got the chance to bowl in international cricket but due rain and again rain and then continuous rain spoil his first match of his international career

Posted by Maddy1987123 on (June 13, 2012, 17:29 GMT)

another pointless ODI played in rainy season. why cant they schedule when it doesnt rain

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

disappointmnt but in favour of Pak...........:)

Posted by Stark62 on (June 13, 2012, 17:09 GMT)


Can someone tell Misbah and co. to stop treating Umar like a pinch hitter and get him up the order because he is a proper batsmen and, then maybe we will see the best of Umar.

Shafiq is good but not in the same league as Umar and Umar deserves a chance at the top more than anyone else.

Also, did Misbah really think he was going to win with a pace attack of Tanvir and Gul?!?!

Tanvir is rubbish and Gul isn't consistent, meaning Ajmal and Afridi would have to work even harder.

Posted by Ra_Thore on (June 13, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

Pakistan got lucky today.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 16:16 GMT)

luck is not with pak.after a long time,misbah won the toss,it rained.whenever pak are batting first,almost 80% they win that match

Posted by s.a.91 on (June 13, 2012, 15:56 GMT)

Thank God it rained. I didn't want Pakistan to break it's streak of not losing a match in Premadasa in the last 10 ODIs :D

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