17 January 2015
Auckland ODI abandoned, series level at 1-1
Martin Guptill unbeaten on 66 with New Zealand at 145 for 3 when rain stops play; Mathews stars for Sri Lanka
After more than three hours, the umpires decided that the conditions were not good enough even for play to resume.
The third One-Day International between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Auckland on Saturday (January 17) was abandoned due to rain.
New Zealand, put in to bat, was 145 for 3 in 28.5 overs when the players were forced off the field for the third and last time. The showers reduced after a while, but more than three hours later, the umpires decided that the conditions were not good enough for play to resume.
Martin Guptill, the New Zealand opener, was unbeaten on 66, while Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, starred for his side, picking up all three wickets to fall.
New Zealand got off to a quick start courtesy a typically aggressive approach by Brendon McCullum, the New Zealand captain. He hit two fours and two sixes and raced to a 22-ball 28, before mistiming a pull shot off Mathews' first delivery to Nuwan Kulasekara at fine leg.
Guptill made a nervous start to his innings, but grew in confidence as the innings progressed and built on the good start by McCullum along with Tom Latham. Guptill, under pressure due to lack of runs in recent times, reached his 20th ODI half-century with a six off Thisara Perera. The pair continued the momentum and added 99 runs for the second wicket, before Latham chopped an attempted cut shot off Mathews onto his stumps on 42 in the 27th over.
Mathews struck again in his next over, trapping Ross Taylor, who shuffled across and missed a straight ball, leg before wicket for three. Taylor reviewed the decision, but in vain, before the rain came down and players walked off for the final time.
The seven match series is level at 1-1. The fourth ODI will be played on Tuesday in Nelson.
To see the full scorecard of the match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Auckland, please click here.
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