The second one-dayer between Sri Lanka and New Zealand may have been moved to Pallekele in an attempt to avoid the rain in Colombo, but bad weather followed the two teams.

Prior to Sunday's encounter, the Black Caps' tour had barely been given a chance to start with the lone T20 clash and the opening one-dayer abandoned due to rain.

Sunny skies greeted the teams first up on Sunday and New Zealand duly won the toss and chose to bat first.

The visitors were forced to overcome the early loss of Tom Latham (two) and did so well, with BJ Watling and Rob Nicol putting on 83 for the second wicket before Nicol (46) edged Thisara Perera to Kumar Sangakkara behind the stumps.

Watling was joined by skipper Ross Taylor and the pair notched up 30 before the former fell to a sharp catch at short mid-wicket for 55.

Taylor continued on the good work, smashing seven fours and two sixes on his way to 72 off 62 before he too fell to a cracking catch, this time from Nuwan Kulasekara in the covers.

While Taylor put on 91 with James Franklin, the pair were unable to truly take advantage of the powerplay overs. As such, the visitors mustered a solid total of 250 for six when at times it seemed more was in the offering.

In response, Sri Lanka lost Upul Tharanga (six) and Sangakkara (11) fairly early as they stumbled to 39 for two.

However, the latter's dismissal brought Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene together and the pair wrestled back control of proceedings.

Dilshan didn't provide his usual fireworks, instead some level-headed batting followed as Sri Lanka remained in front of the Duckworth/Lewis requirements with the threat of rain always looming.

Indeed, shortly after Dilshan departed for 37, the heavens opened and the players never returned to the field.

Crucially Sri Lanka headed back to the pavilion on 118 for three, 14 ahead of the required rate.