Rain prevents result in Hambantota

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The first ODI between New Zealand and Sri Lanka was called off due to rain on Sunday, with the Black Caps only a few overs into their chase of 298 in Hambantota.

The first ODI between New Zealand and Sri Lanka was called off due to rain on Sunday, with the Black Caps only a few overs into their chase of 298 in Hambantota.

Sri Lanka posted an impressive 288 for nine, though it was thanks to just three batsmen as the Black Caps came back strongly in the latter half of the knock. The Kiwis were on 13 for one when the heavens opened.

The Kiwis won the toss and chose to field first, given the threat of rain, and got off to a cracking start when stand-in skipper Kyle Mills removed Dimuth Karunaratne with the first ball of the innings, trapping him LBW.

That was all the success the visitors had for the next 25.5 overs, as Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan showed their experience in putting on 137 runs together. Both recorded half centuries, and both his nine fours.

Sangakkara's departure broke the stand as Anton Devcich induced a lofted shot to mid on, where Nathan McCullum took an easy catch. Devcich then removed Mahela Jayawardene for one in his next over.

Dilshan ended up making 81 off 114 balls, putting on another 58 runs with Angelo Mathews. The skipper was the only other player to go past 15, making 74 not out as the test of the line-up crumbled around him.

Mills ended up taking three wickets, while Devcich and Mitchell McClenaghan bagged two each.

Lasith Malinga removed Devcich for a duck in the first over of the chase, and the Kiwis then advance to 13 for one before the rain arrived to make the revious four hours null and void.

Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath, Lasith Malinga

New Zealand: Tom Latham, Anton Devcich, Rob Nicol, Grant Elliott, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi (wk), Corey Anderson, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills (capt), Adam Milne, Mitchell McClenaghan

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