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It rained before the start of the second ODI, but poor conditions ensured no play was possible © Getty Images

The second One-Day International (ODI) between New Zealand and Australia was on Thursday abandoned due to poor outfield and playing conditions, at the McLean Park in Napier. The game was abandoned without a ball being bowled as the umpires took the decision 5 hours after the scheduled start. New Zealand have thus got an unassailable lead of 1-0 in the ongoing three-match series as they had clinched a narrow victory by 6 runs in the first game. Australia will now have to ensure that they win the final game and avoid a series defeat, and at the same time, regain the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy.

Rain and a damp outfield forced the abandonment of the second one-day international between New Zealand and Australia without a ball being bowled in Napier on Thursday. The series will now be decided in the final match in Hamilton on Sunday. New Zealand won the series opener by six runs in Auckland on Monday and a follow-up victory would see them regain the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy they lost in a 3-0 whitewash in Australia in early December.  The rain eased off in Napier around the time of the scheduled 2:00pm start and the umpires at one stage announced a new time with the game reduced to 37 overs. But the outfield never dried sufficiently for play to get underway and the match was abandoned five hours later. Full Cricket Scorecard: New Zealand vs Australia, 2nd ODI, Napier 

At 6.05 pm, one more inspection was decided, which was pushed ahead once again by 30 minutes. At last, the inspection began at 6.35 pm but it started raining soon, which forced the umpires to call off the match.