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Rains stalls fourth match between New Zealand, Sri Lanka


The fourth match of the one-day series between New Zealand and Sri Lanka was rained out today, abandoned after just nine overs were bowled and leaving the hosts with a 2-1 series lead going into the last match.

Heavy rain overnight and throughout the morning saturated the playing area at Saxton Oval. When play began, the contest had been reduced to 24 overs per side and Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bowl.

The tourists started strongly, reducing New Zealand to 75-3.

Big-hitting Martin Guptill was out for 27, made from 14 balls, Tom Latham fell for 9 and stand-in captain Kane Williamson was caught and bowled by Dushmantha Chameera for 12.

Ross Taylor was 20 not out and Henry Nicholls four not out when rain returned after only 42 minutes of play, chasing players from the field again.


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