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Sydney ODI was abandoned because rain was too light!

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There was no result in the fourth Commonwealth Bank Series match between Australia and Sri Lanka at the SCG tonight after the match was abandoned due to the condition of the outfield which remained very wet with over 60 minutes of constant rain.

Australia had batted first and made 222-9 in their 50 overs thanks to half-centuries from David Warner and Mitchell Starc. Sri Lanka had just started their innings when rain interrupted play, but it was so light that everyone assumed that it was only a matter of time before play would resume. However, that was not to be case, much to the disappointment of the fans, who had braved the weather to stay on at the SCG.

The SCG curator Tom Parker commented that the unusual problem tonight was that the rain was so light it sat on top of the grass like a heavy dew and did not sink into the soil.

“There was no wind or sun to dry the surface despite ground staff using wide ranging measures to dry the grass. The high humidity also continued to produce heavy dew,” he said.

The ground remained unplayable given consideration to the time required to complete the match. A minimum of 20 overs per side is required to constitute a match subject to the innings not being completed earlier. The ICC umpires consulted with both captains and called the game off 20 minutes prior to the official latest time possible with no prospect of the ground recovering in time.