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Rain ruins contest after Barath's maiden ton

Adrian Barath scored his maiden ODI century and his partnership with Ramnaresh Sarwan drove West Indies to a competitive total in the first of three ODIs at the SSC

Match Centre

3:20pm: The match has been officially called off. Thanks to Manoj Ridimahaliyadda and Chaminda de Silva, this is Binoy George signing off, do join us again on February 3rd for the 2nd ODI.

3:15pm: The umpires have gone to the players dressing room, lot to think about, the match might be called off pretty soon. The cut off time is 4:10 pm and they need to take a decision by 3:25pm, as I type this it has started to rain heavily once again.

3:00pm: It has started to drizzle once again and the story continues....

2:50pm: The rain has stopped but there is lot of water on the covers. Play not expected to start soon.

2:30pm: If you did not know, it is still pelting down, the groundsmen have covered the whole ground.

Prabhash Salinda: "We, Sri Lankans have never experienced rainy weather in February. This is a classic example of relationship between WI and rain. When ever we face a drought we can arrange a WI tour. We are lucky to have WI in the other group of World Cup......"

2:10pm: It is dark all around the stadium and it is pelting down. Play looks bleak.

Raj Arora: "I guess West Indies - Sri Lanka-rain have some serious relationship..a love triangle." That is a good one.

1:55pm: The rain is getting heavier and it looks very bad.

1:45pm: Welcome back, we have some bad news, it has started to drizzle and the whole ground is covered. Play is not expected to start for an hour at least.

50 | 5 Runs | WI: 245/5 | RR: 4.90

  • Shivnarine Chanderpaul13 (18b)
  • Darren Sammy21 (15b)
  • Nuwan Kulasekara10-2-35-1

Innings Break: West Indies finish on 245, well below the score they were aiming to get or when Barath and Sarwan were batting. It was the batting powerplay that destroyed the Windies batting, they lost wickets in succession. SSC is very dark at the moment, showers are expected and Messrs Duckworth and Lewis will be called into play. Join us after the lunch break at 1:45pm.

Kulasekara to Chanderpaul, 1 run, driven to extra cover for a single and that ends the West Indian innings.
Kulasekara to Sammy, 1 run, low full toss and played straight to midwicket. Wonderful final over from Kulasekara.
Kulasekara to Sammy, no run,
Kulasekara to Chanderpaul, 1 run, backs away and works to midwicket, well fielded by Mathews.
Kulasekara to Sammy, 1 run, short ball pulled to deep backward square leg.

West Indies 1st innings Partnerships

1st6CH GayleAB Barath
2nd36AB BarathDM Bravo
3rd165RR SarwanAB Barath
4th0KA PollardAB Barath
5th8S ChanderpaulKA Pollard
6th30S ChanderpaulDJG Sammy