Sri Lanka-Australia match called off due to rain

March 5th, 2011 - 10:28 pm ICT by IANS  

Kumar Sangakkara Colombo, March 5 (IANS) The World Cup Group A match between Sri Lanka and Australia here Saturday was called off due to rain.

Sri Lanka were 146 for three in 32.5 overs with captain Kumar Sangakkara on 73 and Thilan Samaraweera at 34 when rain intervened and the players had to leave the ground.

Play was not possible thereafter and the capacity crowd at R. Premadasa Stadium returned home disappointed.

Sri Lanka chose to bat after winning the toss but were in trouble as they lost early wickets.

Tillakaratne Dilshan was dismissed by Shaun Tait and Upul Tharanga went back when Steve Smith took a brilliant catch at backward point off Brett Lee.

Smith came out with another smart piece of work and effected the run out of Sri Lanka’s reliable batsman Mahela Jayawardene (23).

Captain Sangakkara and Samaraweera then dug deep and scored 71 runs for the third wicket before rain played spoilsport.

Both teams will share one point each from the match. Sri Lanka are on second position in points table with five points from four matches. They have beaten Canada and Kenya and went down to Pakistan. They will next take on Zimbabwe March 10 (Pallekele) and New Zealand March 18 (Mumbai).

Australia are also on five points after three matches. They beat Zimbabwe and New Zealand. The defending champions will play Kenya March 13 (Bangalore), Canada March 16 (Bangalore) and Pakistan March 19 (Colombo).

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