Sri Lanka vs England 1st ODI: Heavy rain, wet outfield leads to match being abandoned

Heavy rain wet outfield leads to 1st ODI between Sri Lanka and England being abandoned Dambulla cricket

Rain had the final say in the first ODI between Sri Lanka and England

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Only 15 overs of play was possible in the first ODI between Sri Lanka and England in Dambulla before heavy rain and a soggy outfield led to the match being abandoned.

Being put in to bat first, England made a decent start as openers Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy amassed a 49-run partnership before Bairstow was dismissed by Nuwan Pradeep for 25.

Roy was on his way back in the next over as he was removed by Akila Dananjaya for 24.

Joe Root and England captain Eoin Morgan steadied thing with an unbeaten 41-run stand before the rain came.

While the rain ended up relenting, the outfield was deemed too wet to continue, and the umpires eventually called off the match nearly five hours later.

Root ended up making 25, which came off 28 balls and included four boundaries, while Morgan remained undefeated on 14, which came off 11 deliveries and included a boundary and a six.

Pradeep and Dananjaya picked up one wicket apiece.

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