Rain plays spoilsport

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  • Published 11.11.13

Hambantota: Bad weather 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 for one wicket from 4.2 overs in reply to Sri Lanka’s 288 for nine when heavy rain lashed the southern port city and wiped out the rest of the match.

Earlier, Tillekaratne 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 visitors a flying start when he trapped Dimuth Karunaratne leg-before with the first delivery of the innings.