India-New Zealand fourth day's play gets off after long delay

Brendon McCullum ducks a bouncer off Umesh Yadav AFP

Hyderabad: Aug 26, 2012

Play got underway on the fourth day of the first cricket Test between India and New Zealand after a two-hour delay forced by light rain and wet ground conditions on Sunday.

The match started at 11 pm after officials inspected the ground at 10.40 pm.

The morning drizzle stopped around 9 am, the advanced scheduled time, but the waterlogged field at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium meant that India, chasing a big win, were in for a frustrating wait.

Due to the weather-forced delay, the first session of play would be till 12.30pm. The stumps would be drawn at 5pm.

New Zealand were 41 for one on day three, following on in their second innings with Brendon McCullum (16) and Kane Williamson (3) occupying the crease.

Only 37.3 overs, including 18 in New Zealand’s second innings, could be possible yesterday as the third-day’s proceedings had started an hour behind schedule.

Resuming at 106 for five, New Zealand were bowled out for 159 in the extended first session on Saturday. India notched 438 in their first innings. (PTI)