New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI: Heavy rain leads to match being abandoned

The match was delayed several times due to the bad weather

The match was delayed several times due to the bad weather

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Even though New Zealand got off to a promising start, fans at Eden Park in Auckland went home disappointed after heavy rain led to the match being abandoned.

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews would have been content with his decision to bowl first after he himself dismissed New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum for 28.

Martin Guptill and Tom Latham made up for the loss of McCullum with a 99-run partnership, during which Guptill brought up his half-century, before Latham was clean bowled by Mathews for 42.

Ross Taylor only made three runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Mathews.

Taylor reviewed the decision immediately, but replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to clip leg stump. This led to the third umpire upholding the original decision.

Following Taylor’s dismissal, the heavens parted and the player were ushered off the field.

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

As a result of this, Guptill remained unbeaten on 66 off 78 balls, which included four boundaries and three sixes.

Guptill hit four boundaries and three sixes during his unbeaten knock of 66

Guptill hit four boundaries and three sixes during his unbeaten knock of 66

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Mathews took all three wickets.

Since the match was washed out, the series remains tied at 1-1.

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