Sri Lanka vs. New Zealand, 1st ODI: Scorecard, Recap and More from Hambantota

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Sri Lanka vs. New Zealand, 1st ODI: Scorecard, Recap and More from Hambantota
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The first one-day international of the three-match series between Sri Lanka and New Zealand was abandoned as a no result in Hambantota due to persistent rain.

The Black Caps were 13 for one in the fifth over, chasing 289 for victory when the heavens opened.

The teams will try again in the second match of the series on the same ground on Tuesday as Sri Lanka look to maintain their fine home record.

A 137-run second wicket partnership between veterans Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara was the cornerstone of the hosts' innings.

Dilshan made 81 in his 268th ODI, while Sangakkara hit 79 in his 355th match.

Sangakkara chipped Anton Devcich to mid-wicket, and nine balls later the slow left-armer removed another stalwart, Mahela Jayawardene, for just one.

Dilshan was joined by skipper Angelo Matthews, and they maintained the momentum before the opener fell in the 38th over, when he was caught behind by Luke Ronchi off Corey Anderson.

Wickets fell in quick succession at the other end, but Matthews scored quickly and finished unbeaten on 74 from just 64 balls with nine boundaries and a six.

The Kiwis lost Devcich in the opening over of their reply when he was clean bowled by a trademark swinging Lasith Malinga yorker.

However, the rain arrived soon after, forcing the umpires to abandon the match.

New Zealand are looking to bounce back from an embarrassing 3-0 limited overs series defeat to Bangladesh but are under strength after Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor were rested and Kane Williamson was ruled out through injury.

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