548dThe Report by Siddhartha Talya

Rain has final say on stop-start day

Just two overs after Sri Lanka had kept New Zealand to 74 in an already truncated fixture, the rain again caused an interruption that proved terminal

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Scorer: Sanjay Murari | Commentator: George Binoy

2 | 3 Runs | SL: 6/0 (66 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 5.50)

  • Dilshan Munaweera4 (4b)
  • Tillakaratne Dilshan2 (8b)
  • Jacob Oram1-0-3-0
  • Kyle Mills1-0-3-0

10.45 pm That's all folks. The match has been abandoned. New Zealand will probably be the more relieved team. It's been a frustrating evening, very stop start. The Sri Lankan bowlers made use of the conditions after their new captain Angelo Mathews won the toss and restricted New Zealand to 74 for 7 in 14 overs. They were 6 for 0 chasing 72 when rain had the final say.

James: "If this game is abandoned, New Zealand have got away with one of the most abject batting displays this side of England facing mystery spin."

And on that note, I'll say goodnight. Thank you for your emails today. Cheers.

10.40 pm "Rain is heavier now and the whole ground is covered ... just waiting for formal confirmation that it has been abandoned," says Andrew Fernando from Pallekele.

10.25 pm There's the rain again. Players off, covers on. The umpires are hanging out for a bit on the boundary's edge. The rain is not heavy. Only three more overs need to be bowled for there to be a result in this game. Sri Lanka need to be 23 for 0 or 24 for 1 or 25 for 2 or 27 for 3 after five overs to win this match.

Ross Taylor is having a chat with the umpires. A bit animated he is. Doubt he wants to get back on! The rain is heavier now.

Anthony: "I was baffled too by the D/L target but I guess NZ benefited from only having to bat 14 overs. With 5 wickets already lost after 8.3 overs, they might not have got to 20."

Oram to Munaweera, 1 run, dropped, Munaweera charged and slashed at a short and wide ball, cutting it to Hira, I think, at point, he couldn't hold on
Oram to Dilshan, 1 run, played with a closed face towards square leg for a single
Oram to Dilshan, no run, mis-times the drive back to the bowler
Oram to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan attempts to scoop the ball by moving across, getting down on one knee and aiming for over the keeper's head. The ball seams away from him and beats the bat
Oram to Dilshan, no run, length ball angling into off and middle stump, Dilshan pushes on the front foot to mid off
Oram to Munaweera, 1 run, played behind square for a single

Oram from over the wicket.