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England start well after rain delay in Sri Lanka

Heavy downpours in Hambantota caused a long delay. Credit: Reuters

Heavy rain in Sri Lanka delayed the the third one-day international in Hambantota.

The game was reduced to 35 overs per side after more than three hours off the pitch.

Spectators had some fun in the conditions. Credit: Reuters

When play did resume at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium. Hambantota, England looked impressive, having lost the opening two matches of the series.

The home team were reduced to 60-3 after 12.2 overs thanks to the bowling of openers of Steven Finn and Chris Woakes, with the latter taking two wickets.

Steven Finn dismissed Dilshan. Credit: Reuters

England struggling to contain Sri Lanka

Cook and England put Sri Lanka in to bat first. Credit: PA

England struggled to contain Sri Lanka openers Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kusal Perera at the start of their first one-day international at the Premadasa Stadium.

In the absence of frontline seamers Stuart Broad and James Anderson - missing this tour with knee injuries - and Steven Finn, who is recovering here from a groin 'niggle', England conceded 101 for none in the first 19 overs.

New-ball pair Chris Woakes and Harry Gurney quickly discovered the narrow margins against Dilshan (32no) and Perera (46no), and the introduction of Ben Stokes and James Tredwell made little immediate difference.


Rain delays England international against Sri Lanka

The start of England's first one-day international against Sri Lanka was delayed because of more rain in Colombo.

The Premadasa Stadium was under full covers 15 minutes before the scheduled start of this opening match of England's World Cup winter.

Morning rain was not heavy, compared with the bad weather the tourists have encountered here in the past week.

But after a lull, it returned an hour before this day-night fixture was due to get under way.

Inquiry launched over allegations of sexual misconduct in Sri Lankan cricket

An inquiry into sexual misconduct around the Sri Lankan women's cricket team will begin in the coming days.

The nation's sports minister, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, requested the preliminary inquiry, led by a high-ranking female lawyer.

An initial investigation took place last week following allegations that national players were compelled into performing sexual favours for officials in order to keep or gain a place in the side.

Sri Lankan cricket faces some tough questions. Credit: PA

Sri Lanka Cricket chief executive Ashley de Silva was keen to explain that they had received no formal accusations.

“The minister wants to clear the air by getting this report investigated. We want to get to the bottom of it because this is bad for the image of the game and the country,” De Silva told AFP.

"To be fair by all the parties, it's necessary for us to carry out an independent inquiry - to clear the names of some people, if they're not guilty of something. So far we have not had any accusations."

Brother of Briton killed in Sri Lanka: 'Symbolic moment'

Nasser Shaikh, whose brother Khuram was murdered in Sri Lanka in 2011, said he hoped the legacy of his brother would continue. Mr Shaikh said the sentencing of Khuram's murderers is "a symbolic moment."

The 32-year old Red Cross worker from Rochdale was murdered at a southern tourist resort on Christmas Day 2011.

Killed Briton's brother: Today is 'a symbolic moment'

The family of Khuram Shaikh, the Briton murdered in Sri Lanka in 2011, said today's sentencing of Mr Shaikh's killers is "a symbolic moment."

"Those who killed my brother have been punished and are now behind bars for a long time," said the victim's elder brother Nasser Shaikh.

Today, the country has done what many people hoped and prayed for. Those who killed my brother have been punished and are now behind bars for a long time. Our campaign was not only about justice, but to bring awareness of the wonderful work my brother did around the world, working in humanitarian aid. He is a true inspiration for many and we hope his legacy continues with those he left behind.

– Nasser Shaikh, brother of Khuram Shaikh

The 32-year old Red Cross worker from Rochdale was murdered at a southern tourist resort on Christmas Day 2011.

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