8.30 pm And that's all she wrote, folks. The umpires have decided to call the match off. There was only about an hour and a bit left to get it off the ground, but it was still raining at Eden Park. So even the prospect of a 20 over game was quite distant. Thanks for sticking around, and we hope to have your company again when the cricket moves to magical Nelson for the fourth ODI at 11 am.
8.00 pm Damp. That's the state of the outfield and the chances of resumption. At least any time soon. The rain, though, has stopped.
Raza: "With this match 'almost abandoned', if this series ends with 3-3. Consider it a win for SL. This NZ side is not easy to beat, definitely not in their home. Captain is bold and aggressive, always goes for the win."
Zeeshan Mahmud: "What often falls but never gets hurt? ..Rain! What is queen's favorite kind of precipitation? Reign! What goes up when rain comes down? Umbrella!"
"Apparently there are many people who love rain. On days like these, I wonder why I can never bring myself to adopt such a twisted predilection." I think you've mixed up awesome and twisted, SD. It's okay. We rain-lovers forgive you.
kruger: "come on rain; cease now will you? i'm confident that us lions could wipe out this target without running into too much drama: " But is that what we want after such a prolonged period of inactivity? Come on, lets have pop open a few controversies!
7.30 pm Mohandas Menon tweets: If New Zealand innings is terminated now in the Auckland ODI then Sri Lanka's target will be 203 in 28 overs or 160 in 20 overs #NZvSL and Andrew from the Eden Park informs that the rain continues
Dan: "I wondered why Taylor was so quick to review when there was no edge, but I guess he just realised how much of a difference an extra wicket lost can make to DL. Good match awareness."
DanielAlexander: "@ Dan - Taylor would have blocked that delivery in that case, poor from Taylor to walk across the sumps and try to play across the line"
Ashane: "203 in 28 overs! that's ridiculous..." Not at this ground. Not with all this moisture around to prevent the bowlers from gripping the ball and helping the ball come onto the bat
David: "Those last two quick wickets will be crucial in making a very gettable DL target for SL "
7.05 pm DanielAlexander: "The T20I champions SL will be clear favorites if they are given a target to chase down in 20 overs " Yep, we're in and around that territory. The last info we received was that the rain has not relented. Wonder if the umpires will decide to end New Zealand's innings here and resume with Sri Lanka's chase...
So Auckland's been a rebel and not put on it's top hat and tails today. But when it does... well, why don't I let our own Andrew McGlashan take you out on a tour. World-Cup globetrotters, do have a read
Adam: "it's a shame. Forecast looks beautiful tomorrow, just as it was the week just gone. The problem NZ had in Sri Lanka in 2013 was that the tour was scheduled during monsoon season - so there was a lot of rain. NZ have the same problem by scheduling games here in summer..."
6.15 pm If anything, things have only worsened. Auckland wears a very gloomy look. The covers are firmly on the pitch. The players are tucked away in the dressing room. I am struggling to make jokes that make sense. So the umps have called the comedy police.
Remember the ha-ha we were hoping for... well, hold on to it. The rain continues on and those smug ol' covers are back on the field
Sean: "Ridiculous that they haven't abandoned the game. Too many stopages, and they spend more time putting the covers on and taking them off then actual game play!"
The covers are being dragged off again. You can almost imagine them sneering, "We'll be back." Hopefully we get to do the 'ha-ha' back at them. The buggies are out and a giant rope is being dragged through the outfield to reduce the amount of moisture on the outfield
taufeeq: "can you please call mohammad irfan to wipe out some cloud here"
SD: "@SamRoy: Not to mention being being Sri Lanka's designated finisher in ODIs." He might not be able to showcase those skills if the weather keeps jutting in like this. The groundstaff hurry to cover the pitch again with the rain getting a touch heavier
Sushant M: "Spinner on attack. Front foot out of off stumps, banged out over square leg. Where is that Taylor gone? "
SamRoy: "Nobody ever talks what a great cricketer Mathews is in ODIs (and also in tests). He hardly bowls a bad ball, fields excellently and is world class with the bat. Just like a certain Steve Waugh. "
Andrew Fernando sounds the rain bugle, "Heavy drizzle falling again"
Ross Taylor strides out, gets some info from Guptill, and then takes guard. Can he buck his poor form?