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Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI Highlights: Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

 Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI Highlights: The first ODI of Sri Lanka's tour abandoned without a ball being bowled

By: Sports Desk | Updated: September 27, 2019 5:16:54 pm
Officials cover the ground of the National Stadium after rain in Karachi (Source: AP)

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka (PAK vs SL) 1st ODI Highlights: Rain plays spoilsport as Karachi was set to host a one-day international for the first time in 10 years. The match got abandoned without a ball being bowled (no toss as well). Pakistan take on a depleted Sri Lanka on Friday, furthering the country’s revival in international cricket. “History will be made on Friday when Karachi will host the first ODI,” said Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed. “We must thank the Sri Lankan team for touring us.”

Teams have been reluctant to visit the cricket-crazy nation since a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in 2009. Although no players were killed in the attack, several were injured and eight people died. The attack forced Pakistan to play all their ‘home’ Tests and most of their short-form games away from home in the United Arab Emirates with Zimbabwe becoming the first team to return to Pakistan in 2015.

Live Blog

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI Highlights:

17:14 (IST)27 Sep 2019
Match abandoned!

Bad news folks! The first ODI gets abandoned without a ball being bowled. For cricket to return to Karachi, we will have to wait for two more days. 

16:44 (IST)27 Sep 2019
Drizzle returns

It is not a happy sight for a cricket fan. The drizzling has returned at Karachi and we have started losing overs already. The cut-off time for a T20 encounter is 19:30 IST. 

16:07 (IST)27 Sep 2019
Rain stops

Mercy from the Rain Gods. It has stopped raining at National Stadium, Karachi. Groundsmen begin their work. We hope that's the last of rain we see today. 

15:20 (IST)27 Sep 2019
Covers still on

The covers are still on. The weather forecast does not look promising either. The toss still stays delayed. Stay tuned for more updates. 

15:04 (IST)27 Sep 2019
Toss delayed

Rain seems to be playing spoilsport everywhere there is a cricket match. Toss has been delayed. 

14:58 (IST)27 Sep 2019

Hello and welcome to Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI live blog. Captains Sarfraz Ahmed and Lahiru Thirimanne will be in the middle for the coin toss soon. Stay tuned for more updates. 

Squads:

Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed (c), Babar Azam, Abid Ali, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Hasnain, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Usman Khan Shinwari, Wahab Riaz

Sri Lanka: Lahiru Thirimanne (c), Danushka Gunathilaka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Avishka Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka, Minod Bhanuka, Angelo Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Isuru Udana, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara