Cricket: Rain forces SL and NZ to abandon match

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

Brendon McCullum of New Zealand plays to the legside as Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka looks on

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.

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.

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