Karachi's first ODI in 10 years washed out

Constant rain left the stadium water-logged in Karachi Associated Press

Karachi's first ODI in over 10 years didn't even get as far as the toss. Heavy rain in the days leading up to this match was already proving a challenge, with doubts arising over whether the outfield would dry in time. Then, on Friday, more rain was delivered by towering dark clouds, forming large puddles on the outfield, and making even umpire inspections a challenge, once the rain did eventually relent. The severity of the downpour has prompted changes in the tour as well with the second game being postponed by a day to September 30. The final ODI will take place as originally scheduled on October 2.

The National Stadium was heavily waterlogged with the covers never moving through the course of a gloomy Friday afternoon, and just before 4:30 pm local time the officials had little choice but to abandon this game. Karachi will need bright sunshine over the weekend in order to assist the drying of the outfield, but unfortunately, more rain is forecast for Sunday.

Sri Lanka's tour to Pakistan consists of three ODIs and three T20Is.