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                              Heavy rain forces abandonment of third ODI

Rain played spoil sport from ball one as the third One Day International between Sri Lanka and Pakistan was abandoned as a no-result at the R. Premadasa Stadium on Wednesday night. The day and night encounter was repeatedly interrupted by bad weather and the five-match series remained level at 1-1, with two matches to be played at the same venue.Only 6.2 overs could be bowled before play was called off around 8.45 pm. Pakistan was two wickets down for 12 runs before pouring rain invaded the ground 10 minutes past four in the evening. Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekara claimed a wicket each.The two on field umpires, Asoka de Silva and Paul Reiffel, inspected the pitch and ground conditions before making the final decision, in consultation with the two captains and the coaches. There was lot of moisture on the outfield due to ground being covered for more than three and half hours. None of the captains were ready to take a risk with a long series ahead of them.As scheduled, play began at 2.30 pm but the players had to leave the field after facing just one delivery from Lasith Malinga. They returned 75 minutes later to play only for a further 25 minutes. Left-arm spinner Sajeewa Weerakoon became the 151st player to wear the ODI cap for Sri Lanka. Weerakoon, representing Colts Cricket Club, made his debut at the age of 34, replacing Rangana Herath. Pakistan made one change, naming batsman Asad Shafiq in place of fast bowler Rahat Ali.