No play before lunch in India-Sri Lanka Test

GALLE, Sri Lanka, July 19, 2010: Heavy rain washed out the morning session of the second day’s play in the first cricket Test between India and Sri Lanka on Monday.

The start had already been delayed by a wet outfield at the Galle International Stadium when a thunderstorm soon after ensured there would be no play before lunch.

Twenty-two overs were lost due to bad weather on the first day in which Sri Lanka, electing to bat after winning the toss, made 256-2 with Tharanga Paranavitana on 110 and Mahela Jayawardene on eight.

Rain has been forecast on all five days of the match, which marks the final Test appearance for Sri Lanka’s world bowling record holder Muttiah Muralitharan.

The off-spinner needs eight scalps to reach the unprecedented 800-wicket mark, to build on his record haul of 515 one-day wickets.(AFP)

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