Hambantota - Bad weather has forced the first one-day international between New
Zealand and Sri Lanka to be abandoned in Hambantota on Sunday, cutting
short an impressive display by the hosts.
New Zealand were 13-1
from 4.2 overs in reply to Sri Lanka's 288-9 when heavy rain lashed the
southern port city and wiped out the rest of the match.
Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews hit
half-centuries to lead Sri Lanka to a big total after the home team was
asked to take first strike.
Stand-in captain Kyle Mills gave the
tourists a flying start when he trapped opener Dimuth Karunaratne
leg-before with the first delivery of the innings.
Dilshan and Sangakkara, however, settled in to pulverise the Black Caps during a second-wicket partnership of 137.
Sangakkara made 79 off 81 balls with nine boundaries and two sixes, while Dilshan scored 81.
spinner Anton Devcich dealt a double blow when he removed Sangakkara
and former captain Mahela Jayawardene in the space of four deliveries to
reduce Sri Lanka to 139-3.
But Dilshan put on 58 for the fourth
wicket with skipper Mathews, who smashed nine fours and a six in an
unbeaten 74 off 64 balls.
Mills, who was named captain for the
tour after regular skipper Brendon McCullum was rested, was New
Zealand's most successful bowler with three for 49.
Mitchell McClenaghan and Devcich claimed two wickets each.
the Black Caps batted, Devcic was bowled in Lasith Malinga's first
over, before Tom Latham and Rob Nicol denied the hosts further success.
The second of the three one-dayers is scheduled to be played at the same venue on Tuesday.
New Zealand: Kyle Mills (captain), Tom Latham, Anton Devcich, Rob Nicol, Grant Elliott, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi, Corey Anderson, Nathan McCullum, Adam Milne, Mitchell McClenaghan.
Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (captain), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Rangana Herath, Sachithra Senanayake.
Umpires: Bruce Oxenford (AUS) and Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SRI)
TV umpire: Ian Gould (ENG)
Match referee: Chris Broad (ENG)