Rain Dampens Sri Lanka’s Fireworks, Forces Zimbabwe Clash Abandonment


Colombo, Sri Lanka: Anticipation turned into frustration for cricket fans in Colombo as persistent rain washed out the opening One-Day International (ODI) between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe on Saturday, January 6th.

Sri Lanka, after opting to bat first, posted a respectable 273/9 in their 50 overs. Kusal Mendis (46) and Sadeera Samarawickrama (54) laid the foundation, while Charith Asalanka’s late flourish of 83* off 55 balls pushed the total past 250. Zimbabwe’s bowlers did their part, with Blessing Muzarabani (3-47) and Victor Nyauchi (2-50) claiming wickets at regular intervals.

However, fate intervened just as Zimbabwe began their chase. After losing Craig Ervine (0) and Wessley Madhevere (2) early, the heavens opened up, forcing the players off the field in the 5th over with the score at 12/2. Despite several attempts to restart the match, with covers coming on and off like yo-yos, the persistent rain ultimately won the day, leaving the official announcement of the abandonment coming at 9:19 pm IST.

This washout is a blow for both teams, especially Sri Lanka who were looking to build momentum after a successful Test series win. For Zimbabwe, it means their wait for an ODI victory on Sri Lankan soil continues.

Talking Points:

  • Sri Lanka post 273/9 after opting to bat first.
  • Charith Asalanka shines with an unbeaten 83.
  • Rain disrupts Zimbabwe’s chase after early wickets.
  • Match officially abandoned due to persistent rain.
  • Disappointment for both teams as series opener washed out.

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