Sri Lanka will aim to maintain their winning momentum © Getty Images
Sri Lanka will aim to maintain their winning momentum © Getty Images (Representation photo)

Aug 23, 2014

The first One-Day International (ODI) between Sri Lanka and Pakistan was on Saturday reduced to 45-overs-a-side affair after repetitive rain interruptions since the beginning at Hambantota.

The powerplay will be of nine overs whereas two bowlers each from both the sides will be able to bowl nine overs in the innings. The batting powerplay will be of five overs. If the match is stopped again due to rain or remains incomplete, it will be resumed on Sunday.

Pakistan and Sri Lanka begin a three-match one-day series on Saturday hoping to gauge each other’s firepower and bench strength ahead of the World Cup just six months away. The two former world champions have been drawn in different halves for one-day cricket’s showpiece that is to be played in Australia and New Zealand in February and March, AFP reported.

Pakistan, the 1992 champions, will look to bounce back after an embarrassing 2-0 whitewash for Misbah-ul Haq’s tourists in the short Test series that concluded on Monday.

Sri Lanka, who won the World Cup four years later in 1996, hope to build on a successful run by Angelo Mathews’ team in limited-overs cricket this year when they won the one-day Asia Cup and the World Twenty20.

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