England had made a promising get started prior to the rain started to fall
The primary fit of England’s excursion of Sri Lanka fell foul of the weather as a deluge in Dambulla burnt up play after simply 15 overs.
Having already misplaced considered one of their two warm-up fits to rain in Colombo remaining week – the opposite completing early because of unhealthy gentle – England had been once more left considering the verdict to consult with the island so with reference to monsoon season.
Play were given underneath means on the Ranjiri flooring on agenda, at 2.30pm native time, however little greater than an hour’s motion was once conceivable prior to a long downpour started rendering the outfield unplayable in spite of intensive masking.
England were requested to bat first by means of Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal and reached 92 for 2 prior to the early finish to complaints.
The similar 4 batsmen who made it to the center throughout their solitary excursion fit – Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan – had been once more the one ones to peer motion. That implies the likes of Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali pass into Saturday’s 2d ODI, on the similar venue, and not using a ball confronted between them at the commute.
For Warwickshire paceman Olly Stone the instance was once one thing of an anti-climax. He was once passed his world debut, and offered along with his cap by means of talkSPORT’s Darren Gough, however lining up for the nationwide anthems was once the nearest he were given to creating his mark at the box of play.
Liam Dawson, decided on as a 3rd specialist spinner forward of seamer Mark Picket, was once additionally denied the risk to provoke.
As a substitute the primary bowling tasks of the day went to Lasith Malinga, enjoying his first ODI towards England because the 2015 International Cup. For many who be mindful the 35-year-old as a rampant purveyor of stump-shattering yorkers he gave the impression disappointingly down on tempo and threat.
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Roy pulled an early quick ball for 4 and dispatched a complete toss because the veteran struggled for rhythm, with Bairstow piercing the infield with a couple of candy drives off Nuwan Pradeep.
The pair grew in self belief, Roy advancing down the observe to hit Pradeep down the bottom and Bairstow hoisting the spin of Akila Dananjaya for the primary six of the fit within the 7th over.
Bairstow was once first to fall, held low by means of wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella after Pradeep discovered the brink, to make it 49 for one.
Sri Lanka doubled down on their leap forward moments later when Roy aimed a large swing at Dananjaya and succeeded most effective in looping a catch to mid-off for 24.
Root (25 no longer out) edged his 3rd ball simply previous slip however temporarily settled in to his paintings, with a in particular robust hook off Malinga.
Morgan (14no) went down on one knee to flog Dananjaya for 6, nevertheless it was once the overall second of pastime prior to a number of fruitless hours of looking ahead to unhealthy information.