Incessant rain and drizzle forced abandonment in the first ODI between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Pallekele, without a ball being bowled. The covers were never removed, and match referee Andy Pycroft called off the match at 17.15 local time. The weather had also severely hampered both teams' preparation in the lead-up to the match. Tuesday's Twenty20 was also a washout, after only 16 overs were bowled.
The action now heads to Colombo, which hosts the second and third ODIs of the five-match series. The monsoon rains have been no less prevalent there however, and more rain is forecast across the island over the next few days. The second ODI is scheduled to be played at the R Premadasa Stadium on Sunday.