Rain washes away first ODI between Sri Lanka and England


Rain washed away the first ODI between Sri Lanka and England in Dambulla on Wednesday with only 15 overs being possible in the game.

Sri Lanka had won the toss and opted to bowl first but England go off to a fast start with openers Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy taking on the home team’s bowlers.

The stand was 49 when seamer Nuwan Pradeep made the breakthrough in the eighth over as Bairstow walked off for 25 off 24 balls after being caught behind.

Roy did not last long thereafter as spinner Akila Dananjaya got the right-hander to play a big shot but he couldn’t clear mid-off to go for 24 from 27 deliveries.

Joe Root (25 not out) and his captain Eion Morgan (14 not out) took the total to 92/2 after 15 overs before the heavens opened and never relented.

England gave an international debut to seamer Olly Stone and picked three spinners in the starting XI, including Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and Liam Dawson.

The second ODI of the five-match series is scheduled for the same venue on Saturday.