Black Caps thwarted by rain

Sri Lankan cricket captain Mahela Jayawardene poses with the trophy after victory in the One Day International (ODI) Series between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Hambantota on November 12, 2012

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.

  • kohli

    srilankan cricket captain super

  • Kevin

    Congrads to the SL team and the officials.