SA-NZ one-dayer abandoned due to rain

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

Rain forced the fourth one-day international between South Africa and New Zealand to be abandoned after just 20 overs at Kingsmead Stadium on Friday.

Durban:

Rain forced the fourth one-day international between South Africa and New Zealand to be abandoned after just 20 overs at Kingsmead Stadium on Friday. The final match of the five-game series will be played at Centurion on Sunday. Rain is forecast. South Africa holds an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series. South Africa had scored 79 for two when the umpires took the players off the field in rain, which was getting steadily heavier. At the crease were Jacques Kallis on 24 and Ashwell Prince on 17. South Africa captain Graeme Smith won his fourth consecutive toss of the series and elected to bat. He soon lost fellow opener A.B. de Villiers, caught behind off Shane Bond for six. Smith followed a short time later, adjudged leg before wicket for 22 off the bowling of James Franklin. South Africa was without Herschelle Gibbs and Nicky Boje, who pulled out of the tour of India later this month to avoid the possibility of being arrested by Indian police for questioning on match-fixing allegations arising from the Hansie Cronje scandal. Team management called up their replacements, Andrew Hall and Albie Morkel. Kallis returned to the team after recovering from a stomach virus, while all-rounder Hall came in for Boje. Morkel was named as the substitute for Friday's match. New Zealand brought in Franklin for Andre Adams in the only change from Sunday's third match in Port Elizabeth, which South Africa won by four wickets. (AP)

Topics : Cricket New Zealand South Africa
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