1 Nov 2012

Black Caps saved by the rain in Sri Lanka tour opener

11:42 am on 1 November 2012

The rain has come to the rescue of the New Zealand cricketers - after they began their tour of Sri Lanka in poor fashion.

Play was officially abandoned after heavy rain in Pallekele meant the two sides could not complete a shortened 14-over Twenty20 match.

The Black Caps never got going and finished the first innings with a mediocre 72 for 7.

None of New Zealand's top order made it to double figures, but a clever 21 off 10 balls from bowler Tim Southee as well as help from Andrew Ellis, who scored 16, saved the Black Caps' blushes.

The Sri Lankan bowlers shared the wickets, with Akila Dananjaya, Thisara Perera and Nuwan Kulasekara each grabbed two wickets.

Sri Lanka were six for none when the rain came down.