Rain Stops Play as Sri Lanka Struggle Chasing 279

Sri Lanka are still a team in transition with less than a year to go to the World Cup

Sri Lanka are still a team in transition with less than a year to go to the World Cup

Preview: The first One-Day International between England and Sri Lanka in Dambulla on Wednesday was abandoned with constant rain allowing only 15 overs of play. If the day is indeed washed out, we have a reserve day in place tomorrow. The first ODI didn't give much chance for any of the two sides to analyse much.

Sri Lanka's XI featured left-arm wrist spinner Lakshan Sandakan, who was left out from the Asia Cup squad, and fast bowler Pradeep, who has not played an worldwide since January, largely owing to injury. Lasith Malinga did not have the best of starts, going for 35 runs in five overs while Akila Dananjaya and Nuwan Pradeep picked up a wicket each.England gave a good account of themselves though.

The Test action between Sri Lanka and England will begin from November 6 in Galle.

England's momentum carried over, with Upul Tharanga (0) snicking Woakes behind in the first over of the reply and Niroshan Dickwella (9) gloving a searing bouncer from Stone in the fourth. The bowling unit as well looks largely sorted with Chris Woakes leading the pace attack while Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali will share the spin duties. The team winning the toss will be keen on fielding first considering there is plenty of rain around.

The world number one team had handed ODI debuts to fast bowler Olly Stone, 25, and left-arm spinner Liam Dawson, 28, leaving out both Curran brothers at Dambulla.

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