Rain mars Sri Lanka-New Zealand one-off T20

Updated: 31 October 2012 00:00 IST

The one-off Twenty20 international between Sri Lanka and New Zealand was abandoned due to rain in Pallekele on Tuesday.

Rain mars Sri Lanka-New Zealand one-off T20

Pallekele:

The one-off Twenty20 international between Sri Lanka and New Zealand was abandoned due to rain in Pallekele on Tuesday.

The hosts, chasing a rain-revised target of 72 runs off 14 overs, were six for no loss after two overs when play was called off. Dilshan Munaweera was unbeaten on four and Tillakaratne Dilshan on two not out.

New Zealand earlier struggled to reach 74-7 after being put in to bat, with Tim Southee top-scoring with an unbeaten 21, including four boundaries in an over off seamer Shaminda Eranga.

Andrew Ellis (16) and Jacob Oram (10 not out) were the other batsmen to reach double-figures.

Seamers Nuwan Kulasekara and Thisara Perera each grabbed two early wickets in helpful conditions after a delayed start due to rain, reducing the tourists to 24-5 in the opening nine overs. Eranga was the other wicket-taker.

The Sri Lankan pacemen were backed by 19-year-old off-spinner Akila Dananjaya, who finished with 2-9 off two overs.

New Zealand made a poor start as they lost opener Tom Latham and hard-hitting Brendon McCullum in Kulasekara's first two overs.

Eranga put more pressure on New Zealand when he trapped opener Rob Nicol leg-before with his third delivery before Perera had James Franklin caught behind.

Perera struck again in his next over, having skipper Ross Taylor caught by wicket-keeper Kumar Sangakkara.

The teams will now play five one-day internationals, starting in Pallekele on Thursday.

Topics : Cricket
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