Persistent rain washes out series opener

Umpire Gregory Brathwaite and Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer meet during the rain delay
Scotland v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Eadinburgh May 18, 2019

Scotland v Sri Lanka Match abandoned

For the second time in eight days, a rare Scotland home ODI against a Full Member was affected by rain as the series opener against Sri Lanka was abandoned without a ball bowled. After waiting through close to five hours of on and off drizzle, umpire Gregory Brathwaite called both captains together to deliver the news, turning Tuesday's second ODI into a series decider.

It was a major blow to Cricket Scotland, who had hired temporary bleachers to accommodate a sellout crowd of 1500 and will now have to issue refunds as a result of no play taking place. It was also a dent in Sri Lanka's World Cup preparation, leaving the second ODI as their only official action before their World Cup opener against New Zealand on June 1.

While clear skies are forecast for the next two days, rain is scheduled to return on Tuesday, putting the entire series at risk of being washed out.

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