No result
3rd ODI (D/N), Auckland, Jan 17 2015, Sri Lanka in New Zealand ODI Series
(28.5/43 ov)
145/3
No result
1y
• The Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

Match abandoned after 28.5 overs

Martin Guptill's 66 not out off 78 and Angelo Mathews' 3 for 21 were the highlights of a disjointed 28.5 overs of play at Eden Park before the match was called off

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Scorecard summary
New Zealand145/3(28.5 overs)

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? "

28.5
w
Mathews to Taylor, OUT
two in two overs for Mathews! But Taylor's reviewed it straight away. He had moved across to a good length ball on middle and leg, quite a long way actually, and has been rapped in front of middle. On the knee-roll. HotSpot shows no edge either. Looks like New Zealand are headed towards a lost review. And yep, the ball tracker said it would clip leg stump and sides with umpire's call
LRPL Taylor lbw b Mathews 3 (9m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 37.50
28.4
1
Mathews to Guptill, 1 run
clips the good length ball off his pads and finds deep midwicket
28.3
1
Mathews to Taylor, 1 run
quick single and Taylor succeeds in his endeavor after tapping the back of a length ball towards mid-on and setting off straight away. Good response from Guptill too
28.2
Mathews to Taylor, no run
gets forward to a shortish delivery on off stump and tries to pick the gap on the leg side, but short midwicket's quite alert
28.1
Mathews to Taylor, no run
back of a good length on off stump, safely negotiated

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. "

end of over 284 runs
NZ: 143/2CRR: 5.1 
Martin Guptill65 (77)
Ross Taylor2 (4)
Sachithra Senanayake7-0-30-0
Angelo Mathews6-2-19-2
27.6
Senanayake to Guptill, no run
long-on gets another work out as Guptill trusts a straight blade to a good length ball

Andrew Fernando sounds the rain bugle, "Heavy drizzle falling again"

27.5
1
Senanayake to Taylor, 1 run
tapped to long-on as he gets forward to the flighted ball on middle
27.4
1
Senanayake to Guptill, 1 run
seems to have got into the push a bit too early, but then adjusts to the flatter delivery and picks up the single to long-off
27.3
1
Senanayake to Taylor, 1 run
uses the line on leg stump to glance the good length ball to short fine leg and grab a single
27.2
Senanayake to Taylor, no run
pulls his pace back to the new batsman and flights it on off stump, Taylor nudges to short midwicket
27.1
1
Senanayake to Guptill, 1 run
flighted on middle and leg, Guptill works it to long-on
end of over 274 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 139/2CRR: 5.14 
Ross Taylor0 (1)
Martin Guptill63 (74)
Angelo Mathews6-2-19-2
Sachithra Senanayake6-0-26-0
26.6
Mathews to Taylor, no run
bouncer straight up and Rosco is happy to crouch under it

Ross Taylor strides out, gets some info from Guptill, and then takes guard. Can he buck his poor form?

26.5
w
Mathews to Latham, OUT
third man was too tempting, blinded Latham to the lack of width on this ball and Mathews strikes with the change of pace. The inside edge of the angle blade is taken off the shortish delivery and deflects onto the stumps
TWM Latham b Mathews 42 (77m 65b 4x4 0x6) SR: 64.61
26.4
Mathews to Latham, no run
good length on off stump, keeps Latham quiet
26.3
4
Mathews to Latham, FOUR runs
launched down the ground, looks like the instructions are quite clear now. Manufactures a four as he picks up a good length ball and exploits mid-on who was up
26.2
Mathews to Latham, no run
shortish and outside off, slapped straight to point
26.1
Mathews to Latham, no run
uses the angle across the left-hander, who doesn't do much with his feet and is beaten while trying to ride the ball to third man
end of over 264 runs
NZ: 135/1CRR: 5.19 
Tom Latham38 (60)
Martin Guptill63 (74)
Sachithra Senanayake6-0-26-0
Angelo Mathews5-2-15-1
25.6
1
Senanayake to Latham, 1 run
goes back to punch a shortish delivery to long-on
Best performances - batsmen
MJ Guptill
66 runs (78)
4 fours
3 sixes
Control81%
Productive shot
off drive
19 runs
2 fours
1 sixes
46129151217
TWM Latham
42 runs (65)
4 fours
0 sixes
Control85%
Productive shot
on drive
17 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
0251101347
Best performances - bowlers
AD Mathews
O
6.5
M
2
R
21
W
3
Eco
3.07
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
KTGD Prasad
O
6
M
0
R
30
W
0
Eco
5.00
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Eden Park, Auckland
TossSri Lanka , elected to field first
SeriesSri Lanka in New Zealand ODI Series
Series result7-match series level 1-1
Match numberODI no. 3580
Season2014/15
Hours of play (local time)14.00 start, First Session 14.00-17.30, Interval 17.30-18.15, Second Session 18.15-21.45
Match days17 January 2015 - day/night match (50-over match)
Umpires
Billy Bowden
Nigel Llong
TV Umpire
Ian Gould
Reserve Umpire
Phil Jones
Match Referee
Javagal Srinath