The first game of the three-match ODI series between Sri Lanka and the West Indies played today at the Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo was abandoned due to heavy rain.>
West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first. Chris Gayle (4) departed early in the innings chasing an away swinging delivery from Nuwan Kulasekara, while Darren Bravo (8) too did not last long going for a non-existent single. It seemed like the West Indies were heading towards their trade-mark collapse.
However, Adrian Barath and Ramnaresh Sarwan added 165 runs for the third wicket. Barath registered his maiden ODI century with a splendid 113 that came from 129 balls with eight fours and two sixes. He was ably supported by Ramnaresh Sarwan, who last played an ODI in May 2010. Sarwan scored 75 runs from an exact 100 deliveries with four fours and a six.>
However, all the good work was undone by lack of application by the middle order and Lasith Malinga’s triple strike in the slog overs. Malinga removed both Barath and Sarwan on the same score and then removed the dangerous Kieron Pollard (4) in an excellent spell that read 3-0-10-3.
Veteran Muttaih Muralitharan (0/42) and Ajantha Mendis (0/50) were ineffective on a slower track and went wicket-less. The visitors scored just 38 runs in the last seven overs to finish on 245/5 in the allotted 50 overs; 21 off those runs coming from skipper Darren Sammy’s bat from 15 balls.
The end of the West Indian innings was also the end of the game as it started raining during the lunch break. It was because of the persistent rain that series, which was originally scheduled in December as a five match ODI series, was moved to the end January. However, the rain returned today to haunt the hosts once again. The second match of the series is scheduled at the same SSC grounds on 3rd February 2011.