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Sri Lanka vs New Zealand

First ODI: Downpour cuts short New Zealand's chase against Sri Lanka

Tillakaratne Dilshan: Sri Lanka veteran hit 81 at the top of the order

Heavy rain forced the abandonment of the first one-day international between Sri Lanka and New Zealand just past the midway point in Hambantota.

Tillakaratne Dilshan top scored with 81 as Sri Lanka made 288-9 after being asked to bat.

New Zealand reached 13-1 off 4.2 overs in reply before the weather brought a premature end.

The three-match series continues at the same venue on November 12.

Early exit

Sri Lanka recovered from the first-ball dismissal of Dimuth Karunaratne to post a respectable total.

Karunaratne's innings was over almost soon as it had begun as he was trapped lbw by New Zealand skipper Kyle Mills, but Kumar Sangakkara and Dilshan led a spirited recovery effort.

Sangakkara (79) and Dilshan combined for 137 before the former was caught by Nathan McCullum at midwicket off Anton Devcich in the 26th over, while Dilshan went a short time later after his attempted scoop off Corey Anderson went straight up in the air and was pouched by wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi.

In between Mahela Jayawardene departed for just one run, but the arrival of Angelo Mathews to the crease provided a little more stability as he ended the innings unbeaten on 74, having smashed nine fours and a six from 64 deliveries.

Nuwan Kulasekara (12) and Sachithra Senanayake (14) were the only other players to make double figures for the hosts, while Mills ended with 3-49.

New Zealand opener Devcich was bowled for a duck by Lasith Malinga (1-8) in the first over of their run chase.

Tom Latham (4no) and Rob Nicol (1no) dropped anchor until the rain arrived to have the final say.

Match Details

10th Nov 2013
New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl.
Mahinda Rajapaksha International Cricket Stadium
B N J Bruce, R S A Ruchira
TV Umpire
I J Ian
Match Referee
B C Brian
Reserve Umpire
R R Raja

new zealand BATTING CARD

Batsman R
A.P. Devcich b Malinga 0
T.W.M. Latham Not out 4
R.J. Nicol Not out 1
Extras 6w, 2lb 8
Total 4.2 Overs 13 - 1
Full Batting Card

sri lanka BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
S.L. Malinga 2.2 0 8 1
K.M.D.N. Kulasekara 2 1 3 0
Full Bowling Card