South Africa in Sri Lanka 2014 July 8, 2014

Floodlights on standby for Hambantota ODI

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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  • Prashan 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.

  • Mohamed Afulal 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.

  • Dummy4 on July 10, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    wiser counsel has prevailed.

  • Dummy4 on July 9, 2014, 16:51 GMT

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

  • Nick 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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