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Rain reigns in Hambantota

Persistent heavy rain forced the abandonment of today's opening one-day international between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Hambantota.

The hosts scored 288 for nine after being asked to post a total, but 4.2 overs into New Zealand's response the heavens opened.

Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara scored 81 and 79 respectively and provided the backbone of the Sri Lanka innings with a second-wicket stand of 137 following Dimuth Karunaratne's departure to the first ball of the innings.

The opener was the first of three victims for veteran seamer Kyle Mills - the pick of New Zealand's attack with 3-49 - but Angelo Mathews hammered Sri Lanka into a strong position with 74 not out from 64 balls.

Lasith Malinga bowled Anton Devcich with the final delivery of his opening over and the visitors were 13 for one when play was brought to a premature close.

The best-of-three series remains in Hambantota for the second match on Tuesday.

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