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Sri Lanka Vs New Zealand: Martin Guptill To Miss Final T20I With Abdomen Strain, Hamish Rutherford Named Replacement

Martin Guptill suffered the injury while fielding and didn’t open the batting as New Zealand chased down 161 against Sri Lanka to claim the second T20I in Kandy by four wickets

Martin Guptill chats to New Zealand coach Gary Stead. File Photo

New Zealand opener Martin Guptill has been ruled out of the third and final T20 International against Sri Lanka with a right abdomen strain. (More Cricket News)

Guptill suffered the injury while fielding and didn’t open the batting as the Black Caps chased down 161 to claim the second T20I in Kandy by four wickets.

He will return home to New Zealand on Wednesday for further assessment, with Otago Volts and Worcestershire opener Hamish Rutherford called across from England as cover.

New Zealand coach Gary Stead confirmed Rutherford would join the squad on Thursday, as cover for Central Stags batsman Tom Bruce who tweaked his right knee while batting in game two.

There’s better news for Ross Taylor (left hip) who is fit and available for the final T20 on Friday.

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