Rain allowed just 54.2 overs in the first game of the three-match series between Sri Lanka and New Zealand at Hambantota. (AP Photo)
After rain played spoilsport and forced the first one-day international to be called off, Sri Lanka and New Zealand will face off in the second ODI at Hambantota on Tuesday with Hambantota forecast suggesting rain spells on Tuesday as well.
Rain allowed just 54.2 overs in the first game of the three-match series. Opting to bat first, Sri Lanka - thanks to Tillakaratne Dilshan's 81, an effortless 79 from Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews' 74* - posted 288 for 9. Dilshan and Sangakkara shared 137 runs for the second wicket.
For New Zealand, skipper Kyle Mills returned the tourists' best bowling figures of 3 for 49. Left-arm spinner Anton Devcich (2 for 33) and left-arm seamer Mitchell McClenaghan (2 for 74) also took vital wickets, but the effort went in vain as the match couldn't be completed. In reply, New Zealand reached 13 for one in 4.2 overs when rain stopped play at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium.
New Zealand will look to come out from the horrors they suffered in their recent ODI series defeat against Bangladesh, losing all three matches. But snapping that losing streak won't be easy, especially with even more depleted side.
Hit by injuries to skipper Brendon McCullum and vice-captain Kane Williamson, and with former captain Ross Taylor rested, New Zealand have named a young and inexperienced team for their short tour that also consists of two T20 internationals.
Both the sides are expected to retain the same eleven considering none could be tested in all the departments in the washed-out first game.
Sri Lanka: 1 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2 Dimuth Karunaratne, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Mahela Jayawardene, 5 Dinesh Chandimal, 6 Angelo Mathews (capt), 7 Lahiru Thirimanne, 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Sachithra Senanayake, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Rangana Herath
New Zealand: 1 Tom Latham, 2 Anton Devcich, 3 Rob Nicol, 4 Grant Elliott, 5 Colin Munro, 6 Luke Ronchi (wk), 7 Corey Anderson, 8 Nathan McCullum, 9 Kyle Mills (capt), 10 Adam Milne, 11 Mitchell McClenaghan