Sri Lanka v India, 1st ODI, Colombo, Unitech Cup August 16, 2006

Play called off due to wet outfield

A wet outfield ensured that the one-day international between Sri Lanka and India did not get underway on Wednesday. The outfield at the Premadasa Stadium received a battering after heavy overnight rain, and though the weather cleared in the morning, there were still several wet patches which made the umpires call off play after an inspection at 3pm local time (0930GMT).

With a reserve day in place, the match is expected to be replayed tomorrow, weather permitting. The umpires will inspect the ground at 11.30 local time and take a decision.

Off the field, the South African will-they-won't they saga was winding to a conclusion. The independent security assessment was taking place and Cricket South Africa was due to announce a final decision by noon (3:30pm in Sri Lanka). With the heavens in angry mood, and one team just wanting to go home, it hasn't been the sort of opening that the tournament organisers would have hoped for.

Dileep Premachandran is features editor of Cricinfo.