Sri Lanka v West Indies, 1st ODI, SSC, Colombo January 31, 2011

Rain ruins contest after Barath's maiden ton

ESPNcricinfo staff

Match abandoned West Indies 245 for 5 (Barath 113, Sarwan 75, Malinga 3-51) v Sri Lanka
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The rescheduled one-day leg of West Indies' tour of Sri Lanka got off to a futile start as heavy rain in Colombo forced the abandonment of the first ODI at the SSC. The series had been postponed from December because bad weather had ruined the Test series but the move has had little effect.

Before it began to rain during the lunch break, Adrian Barath scored his maiden ODI century and his partnership with Ramnaresh Sarwan drove West Indies to a competitive total. Their efforts at posting a strong score, however, were undone by lack of contributions from their team-mates and Lasith Malinga's death-over burst, which weakened the platform that had been laid for the acceleration.

The overcast day in Colombo began badly for West Indies when Chris Gayle nicked Nuwan Kulasekara's outswinger in the fourth over, depriving the innings of a potentially rapid start on a placid pitch. Barath and Darren Bravo consolidated and saw off the new ball without further damage. Their partnership was promising when a mix-up ended with Bravo being run out for 8, leaving West Indies 42 for 2. Bravo had backed up too far at the non-striker's end and failed to beat Kapugedera's return from midwicket at the bowler's end.

Sarwan, who was making a comeback to the team after being omitted from the original tour party to Sri Lanka last year, had a point to prove and he did it in some style. Barath and Sarwan steadied the innings, scoring at a healthy pace and rendering Muttiah Muralitharan wicketless during his ten-over spell. Barath was lucky to be let off on 54, when he played uppishly to an Ajantha Mendis delivery and Mahela Jayawardene managed to get his hand to the ball but could not catch it. Otherwise his innings was without blemish. He struck two sixes and eight fours during his 113 off 129 balls, while Sarwan took 100 deliveries to score 75.

West Indies took the batting Powerplay in the 44th over and the recent international trend of wickets falling during the fielding restrictions continued. Both Barath and Sarwan fell to Malinga in the first over of the Powerplay and Kieron Pollard followed soon. Malinga had both well-set batsmen caught at wide long-on by Chamara Kapugedera as they tried to take him on, and bowled Kieron Pollard with a well-disguised, slow inswinger. He had ripped out three wickets for three runs off eight balls and West Indies managed only 27 off the Powerplay.

It was left to Darren Sammy to strike a couple of boundaries and provide the late momentum. The weather, however, wiped out any possibility of play after lunch, frustrating both teams.

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  • PIyal on February 2, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    I extremely annoyed at one Sri Lankan selection of leaving out the emerging Suraj Randiv. He is an all rounder and a very good fielder. I have no problem with Mendis, who is a spinner of a different style. But his form of late was not good. Instead, Randiv's was fantastic. My problem is if there was a tussle for selection between Mendis and Randiv, Randiv is a notch ahead because he can bat as well. Playing Mendis deprives the side of an all rounder and if he doesn't deliver is a big loss. Instead if Randiv doesn't deliver with the ball he can still contribute with the bat. It was a gut decision for selectors I guess and sincerely hope it is the right one.

  • Rupa on February 2, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    @Sineshka De Silva, it's not a batting pitch, it's now bathing pitch, very bad dicition bringing WI back to srilanka, srilanka should go to WI to continue this series, 2nd match also rain and no result

  • antidarwin on February 2, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    Poor Sammy did some hitting in end, but sadly the main kieron Pollard was blocking, very selfish indeed he is bought for his hitting and if he plays selfishly and introvertly like this in world cup with combination of this Ravi Rampaul disaster then loose hope of Windies even coming to quater finals cause bangladesh will beat them and so will other teams. Even Chris Gayle power wont stop them from loosing, look at this match if for eg, sarwan and barath gave a foundation but, kieron and lower order except Sammy not pressing on, Sammy is captain but he played without fear and unselfishly like Vetorri plays, But the other batters has to stand up. If the same foundation is given to team like pakistan or south africa trust me they make minimum 100 in last 10. Just play without fear and make sure ur tail enders can block balls in the end if luck doesnt go for you this is how agressive teams are playing these days. Ravi Rampaul i wish he is smashed for a 36 runs by dilshan so he is dropped

  • antidarwin on February 2, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    @eristhee, finally some one saying some thing extremely sensible, i think even the poor experienced wavel hinds would be a better bet then Ravi Rampaul his bowling has won windies games and has not been smacked all over the ground.

    ALso Marlon Samuels why cant they beleive in this talented man who has world cup and international experience he and chris gayle were students to the legendary Carl Hooper in terms of there slow paced bowling patnership. Gayle and samuels has a great record bowling wise in sub continent.

    On Kieron Pollard, he is no chris gayle. Chris gayle makes 300's for fun and makes match winning 150's in ODIs but mr Kieron only plays well for money in IPL and T20 Big bash Gayle makes money and also plays well for His country so even Little lendoll simmons is better then Kieron Pollard he doesnt play like afridi for the team he is blocking balls and caring for his wicket while afridi smashes em in end overs and dont care about his wicket un selfishly.

  • Michael on February 1, 2011, 22:16 GMT

    WI scored 245,and people saying that they are back ?I would say that was a low score on those flat tracks,and SL would have chased down that total with 7 or 8 overs to spare !The rain saved the WI from big time embarrasment!In the WC,the WI would win against Netherlands and Ireland,would have to fight tooth and nail to beat Bangladesh ,and I don't think they can handle SA,ENG nor IND.It is truly amazing that people continue to comment on Sammy's presense at the WC.Readers,for heavens sake, he is the capt. and he WILL PLAY ! Ramdin is HISTORY as far as ODI's and T20's are concerned.It is either Simmons or Fletcher for the glove work,and to score runs at the top.Ramdin,who continues to drop a catch a match,and hardly scores any runs, had his chances ,so other keepers like Thomas,Dowrich,Simmons ,Fletcher and Walton get a chance to prove their worth TOO, in the test matches.Baugh and Ramdin are two confirmed misfits,in front and behind the stumps for the WI.Time to move on!

  • Dummy4 on February 1, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    If it didnt rain SL would have chased it down easily (Itz a great batting pitch)

  • Dummy4 on February 1, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    WI back in track. Let's see how they gonna play in world cup.

  • Dummy4 on February 1, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    Adrian Barath on his first one-day hundred

  • nalin on February 1, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    This may not be the greatest West Indies side but the most balanced side with a great depth of all rounders who can provide the fireworks. There in the group of death with England, South Africa and India. Bangaladesh is playing their best ODI cricket. Ireland can also cause an upset.The quarterfinalists from this group may not be as predictable as the other group.The selectors have got the balance right eventhough the choice of pace bowlers may be disputed. The knockout stage is a bit of a lottery and even Windies or Pakistan could win this. I am still tipping India or Sri lanka to win the cup.

  • Monte on February 1, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    @Patrick Brice...The WI coach ottis gibson has no clue when the batting line should be changed upon the state of the match. AB Barath has not yet completely convinced,for he plays too many streaky shot and get too many edges. Darren Bravo on the other hand i have already seen a future for, i just love watching his classical shots as i hope he continues to improve.I have no idea what Rampaul is doing in this team,what is the point for his inclusion.Pollard, until you prove you can put in performance that u do in the lower levels for West Indies i cannot rate you maybe Marlon Samuels is a better bet.From the little knowledge that i have i am blaming the west Indies cricket board for their selection committee and some of the player they combine to form the squad.What is the coach's role in the team?I believe that the captain should be in full control of team selection, batting line up after winning the toss so the public can know where the blame should lie with...

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