Home captain Dinesh Chandimal won the toss and elected to field, and England - the number one ranked ODI side - were 92-2 after 15 overs when the umpires decided the looming clouds were looking ominous enough to take the players from the field.
"I remember coming here in 2014 a little bit later, but I do remember the forecast being the same every day, and we managed to miss the rain last time". It's not an individual trying to get runs, not an individual trying to get wickets.
Sri Lanka vs England 1st ODI Live Streaming: After defeating the World No 1 side India, England is now ready for their lengthy tour of the sub continent.
The teams will stay in Dambulla for the second of the five-game series on Saturday.
Wood is 15/4 to be England's leading wicket-taker in the series, but after conceding that the roles will be reversed for the seamers and spinners on this trip, he is some way behind the fore-most of those spinning options, Adil Rashid (3/1).
"I like being favourites, it shows we're playing well".
The three Tests, starting in Galle on Nov 6, will likely be a severe Test for an England side captained by Joe Root who have been all-conquering at home but fragile overseas in the past few years.
Rob also reckons Sri Lanka can be buoyed by Lasith Malinga rediscovering his bouncer, while Nasser explains why having his debut washed out might not be the worst thing for England's "seriously quick" paceman Olly Stone.
The Dubliner has spearheaded England's shift from also-rans at the 2015 tournament to top ranking ahead of next summer's competition on home soil and is the country's leading one-day worldwide runscorer on 5,618. Then, as now, it was to take place in conditions very different from those here in Sri Lanka: Australia in 2015; England and Wales next year. He added that Sri Lanka's situation is similar to what it was of England during the mega even three years ago. Their last World Cup was not so good for them as they had an early exit without proceeding to the knockout stages.
The ODIs will be played in Dambulla, Pallekele and Colombo's Khettarama Stadium and the Tests at Galle, Pallekele and Colombo's Sinhalese Sports Club.
Eoin Morgan was left frustrated as rain continued to play spoilsport for England against Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka have sunk to No 8 in the rankings, have dropped their best batsman Angelo Mathews for fitness reasons and will begin this tour under a corruption cloud amid an investigation by the ICC.