ENG 92/2 (15.0ov)

Match Abandoned

  • All we could manage today is 15 overs. England got off to a good start but lost two quick wickets. Root and Morgan then steadied the ship and were on song. But when the players went in for Drinks, the rain came out. It started to pour down heavily and then stopped, but caused enough damage to prevent any further play. So, the first match of the series is washed out but the good news is that we have four more games left. However, the bad news is that the second game is at this same venue and the forecast isn't too great for that one either. The next one will be played on Saturday, 13th October. That game will begin at 1000 local (0430 GMT). Hopefully the rain stays away for that one. Though, there is a reserve day set for this one, and that is Sunday. Till then, goodbye!
  • 2020 local (1450 GMT) - The umpires have had a word with the captains and they have decided to CALL THE GAME OFF! The rain has stopped but the conditions are not deemed fit to play any more cricket. I think both the skippers will agree on that.
  • 2000 local (1430 GMT) - We should have had the inspection by now but it is postponed by 15 minutes. For those concerned, it has not rained for a long time and the covers are completely off. Hopefully, we start play soon after the inspection. Also, Morgan and Buttler are out in the middle to check the outfield. Both don't look pleased with the conditions. Morgan is seen pressing the mud near the boundary line. What's next? The crowd's have been waiting in anticipation...
  • 1900 local (1330 GMT) - Each part of the covers are coming off slowly. Still a lot of water on the outfield. If it doesn't rain anymore there will be an inspection at 2000 local time. We hope the next update is a good one.
  • 1845 local (1315 GMT) - She's gone! Look mom, we have made it! The rain has stopped for now. The covers are coming off. The groundsmen are trying their best to get the outfield dry quickly. Should take about 60-90 minutes to do so.
  • 1804 local (1234 GMT) - No good news to report. It's quite dark out there with the rain still quite persistent. Not sure what will happen, but the officials will have to take a call soon.
  • 1710 local (1140 GMT) - Better news! We have got her to go away. Only a little. The rain has started to ease out and bright light can been seen behind the main stand in Dambulla. Hopefully, we get some cricket soon...
  • 1700 local (1130 GMT) - More gossip! It's been more than an hour and we are now thinking of ideas to get rid of her. We are losing overs and topics to talk about.
  • 1630 local (1100 GMT) - More bad news! The lady just won't go. She insists on having food. Hopefully, she doesn't ask for a sleep over. It's raining heavily now, stay with us for further updates.
  • Not what the doctor ordered. Not what anyone ordered. Rain is here. Unwanted guest. Not heavy but it is quite breezy out there. The covers have come out and are covering almost the entire ground. Let's hope she's just come for a visit and not to give gossip. Meanwhile, you can switch tabs and check out the score updates between Australia and Pakistan.
  • Drinks! A mixed session of play so far. After a good opening start England lost two quick wickets. Root and Morgan have now started to find rhythm and are playing free-flowing cricket.
  • 14.6ADananjaya to JoeRoot

    Joe flicks it away with a wristy shot. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 14.5ADananjaya to JoeRoot

    Quicker one on off, played with a straight bat.
  • 14.4ADananjaya to JoeRoot

    Loopy ball outside off, Root has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 14.3ADananjaya to JoeRoot

    A bit short on off, Root punches the ball off his back foot to the off side.
  • 14.2ADananjaya to EMorgan

    Opens his body up and drives this through covers. The batsmen change ends.
  • 14.1ADananjaya to EMorgan

    Tossed up on off, Morgan gets forward and blocks it.
  • 13.7LMalinga to JoeRoot

    FOUR! Goes short again and this time Root pulls it with disdain. Picks up the length early and pulls it behind square for a boundary.
  • 13.6LMalinga to JoeRoot

    Played through mid-wicket by JR.
  • 13.5LMalinga to JoeRoot

    Back of a length ball around off, Root stays back and pushes it to mid off.
  • 13.4LMalinga to JoeRoot

    Wide. An attempted bouncer which was well over head height. The umpire has signalled a wide.
  • 13.3LMalinga to JoeRoot

    Pushed to the cover region by the batsman.
  • A bit of a worry for us fans. It has started to get dark here in Dambulla and the groundsmen are getting ready to bring in the covers when needed.
  • 13.2LMalinga to JoeRoot

    Good stop from Akila in the deep. Full and on the legs of Root who flicks it away with a wristy shot. Dananjaya runs to his right and makes a good stop to keep it at two.
  • 13.1LMalinga to JoeRoot

    Length on off, defended off the back foot.
  • 12.6ADananjaya to EMorgan

    SIX! Morgan had his heart in his mouth for a few seconds but will breathe a sigh of relief. Floated ball on middle and leg, Morgan gets on one knee and swipes this over square leg. Malinga at the ropes thinks he has it covered but it sails over him.
  • 12.5ADananjaya to JoeRoot

    Driven towards the mid on region. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 12.4ADananjaya to EMorgan

    Guided to third man to rotate strike.
  • 12.3ADananjaya to JoeRoot

    Gets it past that man this time. Flicked wide of the man towards mid on for a single.
  • 12.2ADananjaya to JoeRoot

    Fuller this time on leg, flicked towards mid on.
  • 12.1ADananjaya to JoeRoot

    FOUR! Runs have started to flow again for England. Short ball around off, Root rocks back and firmly punches the ball through covers. The fielder hares behind the ball but can only come second best.
  • 11.6LMalinga to EMorgan

    FOUR! Another boundary. Once again Malinga strays down the leg side. Morgan flicks it away fine and the ball races to the fine leg fence. Great over for the tourists.
  • 11.5LMalinga to JoeRoot

    Short ball down leg, Root pulls it fine towards fine leg. They cross.
  • 11.4LMalinga to EMorgan

    Driven through the covers by Morgan. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 11.3LMalinga to JoeRoot

    Edge but too far from the fielder at first slip. Length ball around off, edged past first slip for a run.
  • 11.2LMalinga to JoeRoot

    FOUR! Errs in the line down the leg side. All Root has to do is get bat on it and he just helps it on its way to the fine leg fence. Boundary.
  • 11.1LMalinga to JoeRoot

    Back of a length ball around off, punched off the back foot.
  • Lastish Malinga has been brought on for another spell.
  • 10.6ADananjaya to EMorgan

    From around the wicket to Morgan, shorter outside off, the wrong 'un again, Morgan goes back and mistimes it back to the bowler.
  • 10.5ADananjaya to JoeRoot

    Flicks this through square leg and one run is taken.
  • 10.4ADananjaya to JoeRoot

    The googly, on middle and leg, worked away past short leg.
  • 10.3ADananjaya to JoeRoot

    Spinning in on leg from over the wicket, goes off Root's pads and down the leg side. A couple of leg byes are collected.
  • 10.2ADananjaya to EMorgan

    Drifting in from around the wicket, full on the stumps, eased away towards mid off for a single.
  • 10.1ADananjaya to EMorgan

    On the pads, Morgan works it away on the leg side.
  • Powerplay 2 has been signaled. 5 fielders can now stay outside the circle till the 40th over.