Rain wipes out play in 1st ODI between Sri Lanka and England

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Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga sets the field as umpire Richira Palliyaguru watches during their first one-day international cricket match with England in Dambulla, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga sets the field as umpire Richira Palliyaguru watches during their first one-day international cricket match with England in Dambulla, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Dambulla, Sri Lanka (AP) — Rain wiped out play after just 15 overs of the first one-day international between Sri Lanka and England on Wednesday.

England had been asked to bat first by Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal and reached 92-2 before play was called off.

Play got under way at the Ranjiri ground on schedule, but only a bit more than an hour’s action was possible before a lengthy downpour began rendering the outfield unplayable despite extensive covering.