SCG ODI between Australia, Sri Lanka washed out

Sydney, Jan.20 (ANI): Rain robbed Sri Lanka of the chance to wrap up their one day international series with Australia on Sunday, after two umpiring howlers and another top order collapse restricted the hosts to just 222 for the loss of nine wickets at the SCG.

Up 2-1 in the five-game series, Sri Lanka reached 0-14, with openers Tillakaratne Dilshan (nine not out) and captain Mahela Jayawardene (four not out) successfully negotiating the first 3.2 overs in reply before rain set in about 7 p.m. Sydney time.

Rain stopped falling roughly an hour before the match was called off at 9 p.m.,as the outfield was considered too wet for play.

It will go down as a missed opportunity for the tourists, who will now head to Hobart for Wednesday's fifth and final game seeking back-to-back ODI series wins, after their triumph over New Zealand at home in November last year.

Australia's innings was built heavily around top-scoring opener David Warner (60) and some lusty lower order hitting from No.9 Mitchell Starc (52 not out off 37). (ANI)