Good Morning! Hello and Welcome to Cricket Country’s live coverage of the fourth of the five-match ODI series between hosts New Zealand and visitors Sri Lanka at the Saxton Oval in Nelson on Thursday. his is Rishad D’Souza along with Amit Banerjee, and we will be bringing you all the live updates and action of this match. After two dominating wins in the first two One-Day Internationals (ODI) New Zealand’s confidence was dealt a severe blow on Thursday when Sri Lanka administered them a dose of their own medicine. The series now stands 2-1 in favour of hosts. FULL SCORECARD: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2015, 4th ODI at Nelson

And the fourth ODI at Nelson has been called off due to incessant rain, with the series still in favour of New Zealand by a 2-1 margin! The match was shaping up to be yet another exciting contest, with the Sri Lankans finally showing some intent in their tour of New Zealand so far, when rain played spoilsport for both sides. All we can look forward to now will be the final ODI at Mt. Maunganui, where Sri Lanka will hope to level the series. Read the match report of the fourth ODI at Nelson here.

Live Cricket Score New Zealand 75/3 in 9 overs | Batting: Ross Taylor 20(14), Henry Nicholls 4(7): The match has been reduced to a 24-overs-a-side affair and New Zealand are struggling at the moment. Martin Guptill, Tom Latham and Kane Williamson have perished in the hunt for quick runs. Guptill got a start scoring a 14-ball 27 but was dismissed by Kulasekara. Latham and Williamson never got going. Meanwhile, Vandersay is hammered for 15 runs in the ninth over, with Taylor moving to 20 in no time with three boundaries in the over! OUT! Tom Latham 9(8) c Chandimal b Perera, OUT! Martin Guptill 27(14) lbw Kulasekara, Kane Williamson 12(12) c&b Chameera

Teams:

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Luke Ronchi (wk), Adam Milne, Matt Henry, Ish Sodhi, Mitchell McClenaghan.

Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Danushka Gunathilaka, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Angelo Mathews, Milinda Siriwardana, Chamara Kapugedera, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dushmantha Chameera, Jeffrey Vandersay.

Toss: Sri Lanka have won the toss and have elected to field.

Play has begun and the match has been truncated to a 24-over-a-side contest

Rain has delayed the toss.

 

Sri Lanka will have to go for the win in order to stay alive in the series. New Zealand have been given a harsh reminder that Sri Lanka remain a formidable ODI side despite the heavy defeats they faced. New Zealand batted first in the previous game to score about 276 runs in their 50 overs for the loss of eight wickets. Sri Lanka got past the target with little trouble.

Tillakaratne Dilshan brought his experience into play scoring 91 runs at almost run-a-ball. He was given support by fellow opener Danushka Gunathilaka who was in a rampaging mood and cashed in on the flat pitch to score a quickfire 65 to get Sri Lanka to a strong start. Adam Milne, Tim Southee and Doug Bracewell were all very expensive going at over 7 an over. The home team sorely missed the service of Matt Henry who had been rested for the game.