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Rain Ruins Opening One-Day International

Dilshan, Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara (left) and Tillakaratne Dilshan added 137 for Sri Lanka's second wicket
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Sri Lanka 288-9 (Dilshan 81, Sangakkara 79) v
New Zealand 13-1 - no result, rain
First One-Day International, Hambantota

The first One-Day International between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Hambantota was abandoned due to rain shortly after New Zealand began their innings.

They were 13 for one having been set 289 to win when the rain arrived to wash out the rest of the day.

Half-centuries from Tillakaratne Dilshan (81), Kumar Sangakkara (79) and Angelo Mathews (74 not out) had earlier helped Sri Lanka make a strong start to the series.

That came after Kyle Mills had bowled Dimuth Karunaratne with the first ball of the match.

Sangakkara and Dilshan added 137 for the second wicket, with Sangakkara the more aggressive of the pair, facing 81 balls to Dilshan's 114.

Both hit nine fours but Sangakkara cleared the ropes twice before falling to Devcich, who also removed Mahela Jayawardene for one soon after.

Dilshan was removed by Corey Anderson and as Mills (3-49), Mitchell McClenaghan (2-74) and Nathan McCullum (1-38) carved through the lower order, it needed Mathew's 74 not out in 64 balls, including nine fours and one six, to set New Zealand a challenging target.

However, after Devcich was bowled by a trademark Lasith Malinga yorker for nought, New Zealand got no further than 4.2 overs of their reply before the weather arrived to spoil what had the makings of a good contest.

The two sides will try again in two days time at the same venue.

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