No summer but only rain was witnessed on Day 3    Getty Images
No summer but only rain was witnessed on Day 3 Getty Images

Day Three of the second Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh was abandoned without a single delivery being bowled due to persistent rainfall. New Zealand had finished the Day Two at the score of 260 for 7 after Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan jolted the Kiwi middle-order with 3 wickets in his spell of 2 overs. The hosts are still 29 runs behind their opponents total with just 3 wickets in hand which comprises of their tail-enders. Henry Nicholls and Tim Southee held the fort for hosts during the ending Day Two on 56 and 4 respectively. The game was evenly poised by the end of Day Two and it was expected that Day Three will bring out the dominating side but rain interruption ruined it.

Day Three had persistent rain written all over it. It poured down throughout the first session. It soon converted to drizzling but got constant by the time the scheduled second session was about to begin. The umpires waited until the scheduled start of the post-tea session before calling play off for the day as the rain showed no sign of clearing up. Clear weather is the forecast for the remaining two days and play will start 30 minutes early at 10.30 am on Monday (0300 IST Monday).

Live Cricket Scorecard: Bangladesh vs New Zealand, 2nd Test Christchurch

If the hosts declare their innings overnight conceding a 29-run lead to Bangladesh, a result on the card is very much likely given the way the first two days panned out. If at all the second innings start from Day Four, both teams will stand equal chance to win the game. The Bangla Tigers will have to keep in mind their batting collapse in the second innings of the first Test, which led to their downfall. It is something which they have displayed in the recent past on numerous occasions.

The Kane Williamson-led side may go for the kill as well as if they win here at Christchurch, it will be their 8th consecutive win against Bangladesh across all formats. They should not mind declaring their first innings yielding a 29-run lead given the batting strength they hold. What will also be curious to be seen is how the pitch behaves now after such tormenting rain. The wicket had assisted the pacers from both sides very well but given the amount of soaking it would have endured; Day Four will play an important part for both teams

Eventually, it all depends on what decision both captains take on Day Four and it remains to be seen if Williamson declares or carries on from where they left.

Brief scores

Bangladesh 289 (Soumya Sarkar 86, Shakib Al Hasan 59; Tim Southee 5 for 94) lead New Zealand 260 for 7 (Ross Taylor 77, Tom Latham 68, Henry Nicholls 56*; Shakib Al Hasan 3 for 32) by 29 runs