Rain ruins SL-NZ Twenty20

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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.(Reuters)
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  • reader Wednesday, 31 October 2012 12:00 AM

    this is what happens when you play cricket during rainy days SLC via DM Android App

    ANTON Wednesday, 31 October 2012 01:58 AM

    Not rain organizers ruined the match they all know well that this is a rainy season.

    ICCStats Wednesday, 31 October 2012 03:35 AM

    what kind of idiot would schedule the matches in this rainy season. Every Sri Lankan knows that it rains like this in October and November.

    Srilankan Fans Wednesday, 31 October 2012 03:27 AM

    dnt gve a dam about the match " frm nw dont expect more Sri Lankan fans to come nd watch the match" from yesterdays crowed itself you could have seen it this is the end of Sri Lanka Cricket

    Ajith Wednesday, 31 October 2012 03:48 AM

    The paltry spectators show how people are fed up after watching those chokers of 04 time world cup finalists!!!!!

    Al Rasa Wednesday, 31 October 2012 04:17 AM

    Interest of cricket is fast evading at lackluster performance of
    Sri Lankan team at every finals. No champion is made other than winning the finals.If you can not win the final you will become inconsistent in the entire tournament.


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