Groundstaff cover the pitch at the Saxton Oval in Nelson after the second spell of rain disrupts the 4th ODI © Getty Images
Groundstaff cover the pitch at the Saxton Oval in Nelson after the second spell of rain disrupts the 4th ODI © Getty Images

The fourth One-Day International (ODI) between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at the Saxton Oval in Nelson was called off due to incessant rain, with New Zealand retaining their 2-1 series lead at the end of the match. Rain had delayed the start of the game, which resulted in the game getting reduced to 24 overs a side. Sri Lanka managed to get early breakthroughs after the start of play for New Zealand to get reduced to 75 for the loss of three wickets in nine overs, with Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls batting on 20 and four respectively. Nuwan Kulasekara, Thisara Perera and Dushmantha Chameera had taken a wicket each for four, 13 and 32 runs respectively, with skipper Kane Williamson getting caught and bowled for 12 for New Zealand to be reduced to 75 for the loss of three wickets. SCORECARD: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2015-16, 4th ODI at Nelson

Sri Lanka had earlier won the toss elected to field first, with the visitors bringing all-rounder Thisara Perera in place of Nuwan Pradeep. New Zealand, on the other hand, opted to bring Ish Sodhi in place of Doug Bracewell, who was wayward in the third one-dayer held at the same venue, with Matt Henry coming in place of the Tim Southee, who has a big question mark over his fitness. Earlier in the series, Sri Lanka managed to keep themselves alive in the third ODI, with Tillakaratne Dilshan (91 off 92 balls), Lahiru Thirimanne (87 off 103 balls) and Danushka Gunathilaka (65 off 45 balls) leading the way to help Sri Lanka chase the 277-run with eight wickets to spare. UPDATES: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2015-16, 4th ODI at Nelson

Brief scores:

New Zealand 75 for 3 in 9 overs (Martin Guptill 27, Ross Taylor 20*; Nuwan Kulasekara 1 for 4) vs Sri Lanka.

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