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Rain spoils Aus-SL match

 COLOMBO, March 5 (PTI): Rain played spoilsport to a much-anticipated match as the cricket World Cup encounter between defending champions Australia and Sri Lanka was called off after 32.5 overs due to heavy rains here today.

After electing to bat, Sri Lanka made a shaky start but recovered to 146 for three in 32.5 overs before heavens opened up at R Premadasa Stadium and play was not possible after that due to incessant heavy rains.

Captain Kumar Sangakkara and Thilan Samaraweera were batting on 73 and 34 respectively.

The heavy downpour began at around 5 pm local time and that forced the players indoors and it continued for more than two hours to deny Sri Lanka resume their innings.


Sri Lanka

Tharanga c Smith b Lee 6

Dilshan c White b Tait 4

Sangakkara not out 73

Jayawardene run out 23

Samaraweera not out 34

Extras: (lb 1, w 5) 6

Total: (3 wickets; 32.5 overs) 146

Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-31, 3-75.

Bowling: Lee 5-0-27-1, Tait 5-0-23-1, Watson 7-0-29-0, Johnson 4-0-15-0, Krejza 7.5-0-34-0, Smith 4-0-17-0.

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