New Zealand vs South Africa 3rd ODI: Rain triumphs at Seddon Park

The heavens parted just 30 overs into South Africa's innings

The heavens parted just 30 overs into South Africa’s innings

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Fans in the city of Hamilton left Seddon Park in utter disappointment as heavy rain forced match officials to call off the third ODI between New Zealand and South Africa midway through the Proteas’ innings.

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum would have been pleased with his decision to bowl first early on after South Africa opener Hashim Amla was caught by Nathan McCullum at short midwicket off the bowling of Matt Henry for 12 runs.

Rilee Rossouw failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught and bowled by Henry for a duck.

David Miller mustered 17 runs before he was clean bowled by James Neesham.

Quinton de Kock and South Africa skipper AB de Villiers stabilised the innings with an unbeaten 87-run partnership, during which de Kock brought up his half-century, before the heavens parted and the players were ushered off the field with South Africa on 157/3 after 30.4 overs.

With the rain refusing to relent, the umpires and match officials had no choice but to call the match off.

De Kock ended up making 80 off 94 balls, which included 11 boundaries, while de Villiers remained undefeated on 33 off 37 deliveries, which included four boundaries.

De Kock hammered 11 boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 80

De Kock hammered 11 boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 80

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Henry was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Neesham claimed one.

McCullum was disappointed that the game was called off, and said: “It was a good learning experience for us, good opportunity to get some game time. Credit to AB and his boys. Now we turn our attention to the Test series over there [UAE]. A bit of time away from New Zealand before we come back and sink our teeth into the home summer and obviously the World Cup. It was nice to give some guys opportunities and try out some new combinations.”

De Villiers was thrilled to be leaving New Zealand with a 2-0 win, and said: “The wicket lent itself to a really good game of cricket so it’s a shame about the weather. We set it up nicely. We could have got a decent total and it would have been an exciting game of cricket. We have some competitive games in Australia as well. Coming here before the World Cup was all about getting used to conditions and hopefully we are fully prepared when we get to the World Cup. [Preparation] looks good on paper but it doesn’t always work that way. We’d love to go to Australia and win that series as well.”

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