defended back to the bowler
10.15: And play has been called off.. Sri Lanka have won by 14 runs by D/L Method.
The series is 3 games old and we're still waiting for the first completed game. Positive batting by Dilshan, Jayawardene and Sangakkara helped SL edge ahead on the D/L scores. Got to feel sorry for New Zealand though.
Unfortunately the audio has dropped on television and we can't bring the presentation to you.
We can confirm that Lasith Malinga is the Man of the Match.
So there you have it, another damp squib. The teams will stay back in Pallekele for the third match, on Tuesday. The weather in Colombo is irrelevant now. Will we have a completed game?
Thanks for your company. Do join us again on Tuesday. Cheers!
10.05: Expecting something official in about ten minutes.
9.50: Andrew says the rain isn't letting up at all. If things don't improve soon, this could be it. Just a reminder that SL are ahead of D/L so if play doesn't resume, they have won.
9.30: It's raining steadily now. Imagine the frustration for the player and especially New Zealand, having just got an important wicket.
Bob: "I am living 20 minutes away from the Pallekele stadium and there is no rain here."
TC: "When there's rain around, everybody starts to live within 10-20mins from the ground. Talk about the competition to post a comment in Cricinfo." I like the sense of humour.
9.17pm Rain stops play. That's a line I should have Ctrl+C all the time this series I think. Again the army of groundstaff rush out with the all-enveloping covers. We already lost 50 minutes earlier on and the total stoppage time is inching towards an hour. Apparently this is the heaviest it has got so far. At this stage, Sri Lanka are ahead on Duckworth Lewis. The par score is 104. If play resumes, there will surely be a revised target.
Bad news, groundstaff getting ready to bring on the covers
waits for it and tucks it to midwicket
third single of the over, eased towards long-on once more, DL par score is 104 at this stage
another length ball on off, no flight this time, clipped past a diving midwicket, Sri Lanka not taking many risks here
tossed up, on a length and just outside off, driven towards long-on for one more
looks to power the ball down the ground, sends it towards long-on for a jogged single
on middle and leg, glanced towards short fine leg, again finds the fielder
length ball just outside off, driven towards midwicket, can't place it well enough for a single
nice turn in towards the off stump, taps it behind square leg
length ball is nudged towards square leg for a single
Michael Holt sounds happy after the Dilshan wicket: "Yay, finally Kane is in the game! Not required with the bat or the ball, our specialist fielder is making his mark!"
Nicol from over the wicket, fired in towards off stump, defended to the leg side
a shout of 'Catch it', but the ball lands well short of anyone after Jayawardene turns the ball towards midwicket
skips down the track to muscle the ball down to long-on, took it on the full that time Mathews
Mathews in a bit of bother there, he was looking for the turn in, but the ball skids on, past the outside edge as Mathews looks to caress the ball through the off side
worked to the leg side this time by Mahela, who is looking untroubled here
length ball outside off stump, that is thumped off the front foot past cover for four
almost a yorker, squeezed out to midwicket
SL ahead on the Duckworth-Lewis. Par score is 98 after 20 overs. No question of a washout now, of course, with 20 overs being bowled.
fuller and on off stump, wristed behind square leg
goes for the sweep once more, once again he misses, that is off the pad and past the keeper for leg-byes
looks to sweep a ball heading down, misses and he is struck on the pad, Mathews wants one, Jayawardene yells 'No'