New Zealand were denied the chance to pull off a consolation victory in the ODI series against Sri Lanka when the final match in Hambantota was abandoned.
The Black Caps had put themselves into a strong position by reducing the hosts to 123-8 as Sri Lanka, already 3-0 up in the series, played a carefree brand of cricket.
A long delay for rain then ensued before the match was called off just before 8.30pm.
Tim Southee was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers with 3-18 from 5.3 overs but all of the New Zealand attack played their part as the home side found the going tough.
Kumar Sangakkara’s departure left Sri Lanka reeling on 44-4 before Upul Tharanga and Mahela Jayawardena (24) steadied the batting side with a fifth-wicket stand of 47 but the run out of the latter for 24 triggered a further collapse.
Tharanga fell to the last delivery before the rain break – caught behind off Southee – after top-scoring with 60 off 94 balls.
New Zealand will be hoping for an improvement in fortunes when the two-Test series begins on Saturday in Galle.