Rain halts Pakistan-New Zealand Test


Persistent rain ruled out a resumption of play immediately after the lunch break on day one of the second Test between New Zealand and Pakistan in Hamilton on Friday.

New Zealand were 77-2 when the rain forced the players off the field 15 minutes before the scheduled adjournment with Jeet Raval on 35 and Ross Taylor on 29.

Opener Tom Latham was out on the first ball he faced and Kane Williamson made 13 while for Pakistan Mohammad Amir and Sohail Khan have a wicket each.

Occasional rain is forecast for the first four days of the Test in which New Zealand, having won the first Test; only need a draw to secure their first series win over Pakistan in more than 30 years.

Pakistan need a win to square the series and extend their two-year streak of having not lost a series.

Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Sami Aslam, Babar Azam, Younis Khan, Mohammad Rizwan, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Sohail Khan, Imran Khan.

New Zealand: Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson (capt), Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, BJ Watling, Mitchell Santner, Neil Wagner, Matt Henry, Tim Southee.

Umpires: Simon Fry (AUS), Sundaram Ravi (IND).

TV umpire: Ian Gould (ENG).

Match referee: Richie Richardson (WIS).