Black Caps opener Martin Guptill has been ruled out of the third and final Twenty20 international against Sri Lanka with a right abdomen strain.

New Zealand's Martin Guptill (L) is watched by Sri Lanka's wicketkeeper Kusal Perera as he hits a six during the 2019 Cricket World Cup group stage match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Sophia Gardens stadium in Cardiff.


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

Guptill is on his way back to New Zealand for further assessment, with Otago Volts and Worcestershire opener Hamish Rutherford called across from England as cover.

Black Caps coach Gary Stead confirmed Rutherford will join the squad today, 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 Saturday morning NZT.

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