New Zealand vs England, 2nd Test , England tour of New Zealand 2013
Match drawnInnings Comparison
In the end, rain has had the final say in this match. Williamson and Taylor batted resolutely on the fourth day and stall England. The weather lived up to its expectation on day 5 and the day was abandoned without a ball been bowled. The series moves to Auckland and one can hope that the weather remains fine on all the five days. Until then, Bye Bye!
14:07 Local Time, 01:07 GMT: Well, it is now official. The match has been abandoned and it is a draw. New Zealand will be relieved. The final match will be played at Auckland on March 22nd with the series still level 0-0.
14:06 Local Time, 01:06 GMT: The official twitter handle of New Zealand cricket has tweeted saying that the match has been abandoned. We are awaiting official confirmation.
13:23 Local Time, 00:23 GMT: The umpires were having a look at the conditions. However, the drizzle has returned and the covers are back on. The umpires have decided that once the drizzle has completely stopped, they will have a look.
12:32 Local Time, 23:32 GMT: The ground-staff are out there with the mops and the bucket. If there is no more rain, there is a distinct possibility that there might be some play.
12:19 Local Time, 23:19 GMT: It has actually stopped raining at the Basin Reserve. However, the weather forecast predicts that more rain is on the way and thus there is not much of activity from the ground-staff.
11:58 Local Time, 22:58 GMT: There is still a light drizzle at the Basin Reserve as we come closer to lunch. However, the forecast today is just not good and it will be incredible if there is any more play today.
09:58 Local Time, 20:58 GMT: Live visuals from the ground show a bleak picture. It is sheeting down at the Basin and the rain has settled in. The decision to abandon the game will be made after the lunch break.
Welcome one and all to the final day of the second Test between New Zealand and England from the Basin Reserve in Wellington. First things first, it has been raining persistently at Wellington since last night. The rain has not eased up today morning and the covers are firmly in place. The teams have not come out of their hotels. The official word is that there will be no play until lunch.
Rain washed out the entire second session. When play resumed an hour after Tea, Williamson and Taylor continued to bat cautiously. However, the rain returned and no further play was possible. The weather is not all that great even on the fifth day and New Zealand will be looking to bat out and escape with a draw. Join us tomorrow at 10 AM local for all the action that takes place on the final day. Until then, Bye Bye!
5:54 Local Time, 04:54 GMT: The big cover is been put on. That is all, folks. It is stumps at the Basin on day 4. The ground-staff can now rest easy. It has been a very busy day for them.
5:47 Local Time, 04:47 GMT: The Hessian mat was removed but the rain has returned again at the Basin. The ground-staff are been overworked here. Brett Sipthorpe, the chief curator, is very grumpy out there. The covers seem to be coming back on. There is utter confusion here and the umpires are not sure what needs to be done.
5:40 Local Time, 04:40 GMT: The rain has immediately stopped and the umpires are chatting with the chief groundsman. We might still see some action. The ground-staff are taking their own time here.
The rain is becoming heavier and the players are walking off. The ground-staff are getting the covers back on. This could very well be it for the day but we are awaiting official confirmation. The Hessian mat is been put on the wicket while the bigger covers are kept near the fine leg fence.
67.6Stuart Broad to Ross Taylor
no run, sharp bouncer just outside off, Taylor takes his eyes off the ball and ducks under it