New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 4th ODI: Heavy rain forces washout

The weather had the final say in the fourth ODI

The weather had the final say in the fourth ODI

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The weather had the last laugh during the fourth ODI between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Nelson as the match was abandoned.

The match was delayed for more than four-and-a-half hours initially as the rain refused to relent. However, once it did, the game was reduced to 24 overs per side and Sri Lanka chose to bowl first in the overcast conditions.

The tourists looked good early on as they dismissed Tom Latham, Martin Guptill and stand-in captain Kane Williamson early on to leave the hosts at 53/3 in the seventh over.

However, the match did not last much longer as New Zealand were on 75/3 after nine overs before the heavens parted yet again.

That was to be the end of proceedings as the umpires had no choice but to abandon the match, which left New Zealand holding on to a 2-1 lead heading into the fifth and final match at Mount Maunganui on Tuesday.

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