Barath Century In Vain As Rain Ruins Opening ODI
West Indies 245-5 (Barath 113) v Sri Lanka
First One-Day International, Colombo - match abandoned
Opening batsman Adrian Barath scored his maiden One-Day International century as the West Indies posted 245 for five before the opening match against Sri Lanka in Colombo was abandoned due to rain.
Barath made 113 and Ramnaresh Sarwan marked his recall with 75 to lead the tourists to a competitive score in a series rearranged from December - due also to bad weather.
The West Indies made a poor start, losing Chris Gayle for four when he was caught by Kumar Sangakkara off Nuwan Kulasekara and Darren Bravo to a run out when he had made just eight.
Barath, who faced 129 balls, and Sarwan, who faced 100, then put on 165 for the third wicket before falling in consecutive deliveries to Lasith Malinga - both men caught by Chamara Kapugedera.
Malinga struck again to remove Kieron Pollard for four to finish with figures of three for 51 before Shivnarine Chanderpaul (13 not out) and Darren Sammy (21 not out) gave the innings some late impetus.
However, that was the last action of the day as during the interval between innings, the rain returned, eventually forcing the game to be abandoned after 90 minutes of persistent downpours.
The second match is scheduled to get underway on 4th February.
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