Cricket continued to remain a slave of the weather gods
with monsoon rains forcing the first one-day international between India and Sri
Lanka to be abandoned today.
The match was to be resumed after being suspended last evening, but overnight and morning showers made sure no play was possible at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground.
Even yesterday, only 22 balls were bowled after the start was delayed by four-and-half hours due to wet ground conditions caused by persistent rains the previous night.
Play was stopped due to bad light with India 11 for no loss after electing to bat, and soon the thick clouds hanging over the ground burst open and left the ground flooded.
The umpires and organisers had hoped for a delayed start today, but the heavens literally poured cold water on their hopes with another sharp spell that left the groundsmen with an improbable task on their hands.
However, minutes after the match was called off, the sun broke through the clouds. The officials would be praying that the weather holds good and allows the second match, scheduled to be played at the same ground tomorrow.
It has been a jinxed series to the say the least.
What was supposed to be a tri-series was reduced to a three-match bilateral affair after South Africa cried off the tour after a bomb exploded less than two kms from their hotel on Monday, the day of the series opener.