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Nelson ODI washed out

New Zealand was 75 for 3 in nine overs, leading the five-match series 2-1, before rain forced the fourth ODI to be called off

Nelson ODI washed out  - Cricket News
Martin Guptill in action against Sri Lanka.
The fourth One-Day International match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at the Saxton Oval in Nelson on Saturday (January 2) was washed out after only nine overs of play was possible.

The toss took place at 3.13pm local time, close to five hours behind schedule, and the game was reduced to a 24-overs-a-side affair. Put in, New Zealand was 75 for 3 when rain intervened again and play was called off.

With Sri Lanka 1-2 down in the series, it now has to win the final game in Mount Maunganui on January 5 to draw level.

Aware that the Duckworth-Lewis formula would play a major role in the game, New Zealand’s opening pair started off on an aggressive note. Martin Guptill and Tom Latham were particularly severe on Dushmantha Chameera, who was hit for 26 runs in the third over.

Latham scored a four and took a single off the second ball, after which Guptill hit three sixes in four balls.

With his third hit over the rope for the day, Guptill broke Corey Anderson's New Zealand record for most sixes in a bilateral series. Anderson had hit 15 sixes against West Indies in 2013-14.

Thisara Perera, playing his first ODI since July 2015, provided Sri Lanka the first breakthrough when he had Latham caught behind with a back of the length delivery. Guptill followed soon after that, as Nuwan Kulasekara had him lbw for a 14-ball 27.

Chameera had Kane Williamson caught and bowled for 12, and New Zealand was 53 for 3 in 6.3 overs.

Jeffrey Vandersay came in to bowl in the ninth over and Ross Taylor freed his arms with three fours to release some pressure. In fact, Taylor and Henry Nicholls had added 22 runs when rain forced the players back into the hut. Not long after that, the match was called off.

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