NewsApp (Free)

Read news as it happens
Download NewsApp

Available on  

Rediff News  All News  » Cricket » SL-New Zealand one-off T20 abandoned due to rain

SL-New Zealand one-off T20 abandoned due to rain

October 31, 2012 09:23 IST

The opening match of New Zealand's five-week tour of Sri Lanka was ruined by bad weather on Tuesday when the one-off Twenty20 international in Pallekele was abandoned as a no-result.

The game began 45 minutes late due to rain and the visitors, having been put in to bat on a green wicket offering plenty of movement for the seamers, slumped to 24 for five in the ninth over.

Bad weather then intervened again, causing the officials to reduce the match to 14 overs per side.

Tim Southee, going in at number nine, top-scored with an unbeaten 21 as New Zealand eventually finished on 74 for seven.

Southee provided some entertainment for the small crowd when he clubbed four fours in one over by seam bowler Shaminda Eranga.

Sri Lanka reached six for no wicket in two overs in reply when the rain returned and the players scurried off the field for the last time.

The two sides start a five-match, One-Day International series at the same venue on Thursday.

© Copyright 2018 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Reuters content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Reuters. Reuters shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.