South Africa in Sri Lanka 2014

Floodlights on standby for Hambantota ODI

Andrew Fidel Fernando

July 8, 2014

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A general view of the Hambantota stadium, Kenya v Pakistan, World Cup, Group A, February 23, 2011
Both Sri Lanka and South Africa have agreed to turn on the lights, if needed © Getty Images

Sri Lanka Cricket will have floodlights on standby for the third ODI in Hambantota on Saturday, after the cricket had been affected by fading light during the first ODI. Angelo Mathews had said Sri Lanka had slightly altered their approach as gloom set in in Colombo, with the Premadasa Stadium floodlights out of action for that match. SLC and Cricket South Africa had agreed not to use floodlights for day matches in the memorandum of understanding for this series, but have agreed to reverse that stance in light of the first ODI's events.

"Both Sri Lanka and South Africa teams and their respective boards are in agreement to use lights in the event the light deteriorates during the third ODI of the South Africa tour of Sri Lanka," an SLC release said.

The second ODI, in Pallekele, is a day-night encounter.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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Posted by Sinhaya on (July 12, 2014, 3:52 GMT)

Very relieved indeed as this should have happened in the 1st ODI. If lights were used, rash shots would not have been needed in our chase. Hope the 3rd ODI will be exciting.

Posted by Kotuwegogoda on (July 11, 2014, 4:27 GMT)

One way of solving fading light is start the game 45 minutes early. Then cut 10 minutes from lunch time. You have got an hour saved. No need for expensive flood lights.

It is the spectators that is sparse in H'tota stadium. Fill up the tiers with spectators with reduced fare, match would reach the climax and an exciting finish.

Urge both teams to play positive cricket with intensity and best on the day wins the game and series.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2014, 5:25 GMT)

wiser counsel has prevailed.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2014, 16:51 GMT)

SLC should have done this earlier. It COST Sri Lanka an ODI

Posted by nickexplore on (July 9, 2014, 1:52 GMT)

Sanity prevails, floodlights available for Hambantota! They may well be needed as ABdV was well behind the stipulated over-rate at the Premadasa.

Of more concern at Pallekele today is the chance of rain. It is raining here now, as it does often at this time of year. One of the ODIs v NZ was a complete washout.

Any chance of hotspot and snicko? Without these it seems pointless to review a decision.

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