Blackcaps v Sri Lanka: Rain washes out second one-day international at Christchurch's Hagley Oval

Rain has forced the Blackcaps' second one-day international against Sri Lanka to be abandoned without a ball bowled at Christchurch.

The day/night match was scheduled for a 2pm start, but persistent showers meant the covers never came off.

With the weather forecast even less encouraging later in the day, officials decided to call off the match at 4:30pm.

New Zealand will now head into the final ODI knowing they can't lose the series, after triumphing in the opener at Eden Park.

The Blackcaps won the match by a comfortable 198 runs, after bowling the tourists out for just 76, with bowling Henry Shipley taking a five-for.

Tuesday's second ODI was expected to give coach Gary Stead another opportunity to explore his squad's depth with regulars Finn Allen and Glenn Phillips ruled out due to IPL commitments.

Rookie Chad Bowes was predicted to partner either Henry Nicholls or Tom Blundell at the top of the order at his homeground.

The Canterbury opener made 14 runs in his international debut at Auckland, as he looks to seize a rare opening in the Blackcaps batting order.

"Very exciting," Bowes said. "Obviously, those opportunities are there, so the reality is there are potential changes in a World Cup year.

"For me, I'm just here to embrace the moment and to represent my country proudly. If that leads to performance and future selection, so be it.

"But that's not my focus, but the reality is there are a lot of grabs for this whole group."