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  • 9:04 AM IST

    Former Australian captain Mark Taylor had proposed an idea of four-day Tests. Well, we have a four-day Test in our hands, a forceful one though. Can the two teams make a match out of it? Can we have a result? Thankfully, the weather forecast for next four days says there won’t be any rain. Let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope for some lively action day 2 onwards. We will catch up with you tomorrow morning then. Get a good sleep, all those who get up early. And if you have the capacity to continue, switch tabs and get hooked to the live blog of 2nd India – England Test at Visakhapatnam.
    Ciao!

  • 8:55 AM IST

  • 8:54 AM IST

    So, the imminent thing has happened. Play has been called off for the day. Play will start half an hour early tomorrow and we will have at least 98 overs in each of the remaining days to compensate for the loss.

  • 8:29 AM IST

  • 8:29 AM IST

    Meanwhile, some 11,298 kms away from Christchurch, Team India have arrived at the YS Rajasekhara Reddy Cricket Stadium in port city of Visakhapatnam in southern part of the country to play the second Test of the five-match series, which begins in an hour’s time. Thankfully, we have clear skies at Visakhapatnam!

  • 8:25 AM IST

    Cricket fans, Pakistani and New Zealand fans in general, have been disappointed with the proceedings. Especially the ones in Pakistan, as they had to get up early, at an awkward time, to catch the live action. I’m sure a majority of them must have returned to bed by now. Kiwi fans meanwhile are hoping for the rains to stop.

  • 8:16 AM IST

    UPDATE: Another heavy shower in Christchurch. The announcement of calling off first day’s play looks imminent now.

  • 7:32 AM IST

  • 7:32 AM IST

    Meanwhile, here’s another update: Umpires will have another look in an hour’s time, ie 4:00 PM local time, to see if we can have a start today. The sun has come out for now.

  • 7:30 AM IST

  • 7:30 AM IST

    Earlier, the New Zealand players had come out hoping to see the sun when the rain had stayed away for some time. They did indulge in some light practice. Similarly, the Pakistani team also made its way to the ground and played football for a while. However, as the rain returned, the players had to run for the cover and get back to the dressing room. A tweet from the BlackCaps’ official account explains it:

  • 7:28 AM IST

    The rain has played hide and seek all day. Just when we thought it has stayed away long enough for the game to begin, it has made a comeback.

  • 7:24 AM IST

  • 7:24 AM IST

    Meanwhile, it is a beautiful morning here in India. The second of the five Tests between the hosts and England will commence today at Visakhapatnam. The action will shift focus from Christchurch to the South Indian city in some time.

  • 7:21 AM IST

  • 7:17 AM IST

    The inspection was scheduled for 2:45 pm local time, which is now. But the drizzling hasn’t stopped. Doesn’t look like we can have any action today.

  • 5:34 AM IST

    And it is lunch; without a single ball being bowled, without the coin being flipped.

  • 5:29 AM IST

    BAD NEWS: The drizzle has returned. Local time reads 12:59 pm and we are just a minute away from scheduled lunch. The hopes for some action post lunch also fast fading away.

  • 5:11 AM IST

  • 4:48 AM IST

    Still no signs of play. The drizzle has stopped for now, but it is making a comeback in frequent intervals.

  • 4:06 AM IST

  • 4:06 AM IST

    So even as we wait for the toss due to relentless rains, some Pakistani TV channels are showing Pakistan have won the toss and elected to bat.

  • 4:02 AM IST

  • 3:59 AM IST

    There’s also a possibility that the entire day’s play might get washed out due to rain. We need to wait for the updates though.

  • 3:54 AM IST

    The latest word coming in says things haven’t got any better. BlackCaps’ Twitter account says rain is coming and going. Lunch apparently has been scheduled for 1 pm local time.

  • 3:43 AM IST

    For all those who are wondering why on earth have New Zealand gone in with Todd Astle as their spin-bowling option, here’s an update. Mark Craig and Mitchell Santner are injured. Craig hasn’t recovered from the injury he picked on the India tour while Santner has a fractured wrist. Jeetan Patel, a replacement for Craig, was called-in only for the India series. Ish Sodhi has been dropped.

  • 3:30 AM IST

    Mind you, Pakistan have not lost a Test series in New Zealand since 1985. They have now played 12 consecutive undefeated series against the hosts in their backyard — winning 5 and drawing 7.

  • 3:24 AM IST

    The reports coming in aren’t inspiring. It is still raining at the Hagley Oval. The 10:30 am local time start and the 11 am toss have been delayed. The umpires are scheduled to meet in around 10 mins from now, that is 3:35 am IST, to decide the future course of action. They might take an early lunch here.

  • 3:06 AM IST

    Good morning all. The news coming in from Christchurch can disappoint the cricket fans; from Pakistan in general, who have been up at this hour. Persistent rain has delayed the start of the match. Toss not happening anytime soon.

BANN

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates of a new series between New Zealand and Pakistan. The live blog will cover everything from Christchurch as Pakistan embark on their tour of New Zealand before heading to Australia for a three-Test series. The first Test for Pakistan at this venue will be another tough affair as they will have to adapt to the conditions on offer in New Zealand. Having said that, Pakistan have the players, especially bowlers, to outclass any opponents across the globe. Meanwhile, New Zealand are coming on the brink of a whitewash in whites against India before the start of this two-Test series.  I am Chinmay Jawalekar bringing you all the live cricket updates and scores from this Test which promises to be an intense affair between both sides. Live Cricket Scores, New Zealand vs Pakistan, 1st Test, Christchurch

Pakistan are coming on the back of a brilliant 2-2 draw against England in England and followed it up with another prolific series triumph over West Indies at United Arab Emirates (UAE). However, they were challenged in their first day-night encounter against West Indies and also lost the last Test by five wickets. This must have exposed some chinks in their armour before they turn up against New Zealand in tough swinging and windy conditions. This young Pakistani side under the inspirational leadership of Misbah-ul-Haq would still be in confidence before they embark on a tough tour of New Zealand followed by Australia tour which will be a litmus test for the visitors.

New Zealand, the hosts of the two-match series, have plenty to ponder upon ahead of the series opener. After a string of losses, they are under tremendous pressure to do well at home. Nonetheless, they have fared well in familiar conditions winning 9 out of their last 13 series in their own den. Martin Guptill has finally been dropped from the Test side and the onus has now turned on his replacement, Indian-born Jeet Raval.

The other players New Zealand have dropped from the squad for India Tests besides Guptill are Doug Bracewell, Jeetan Patel, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi and Mark Craig. Keeping the conditions in mind, the spin brigade has been either dropped or rested. Other changes New Zealand made to their squad has been calling uncapped players like Colin de Grandhomme and Todd Astle.

The first Test at Christchurch will be followed by the second and the final Test of the series at the Seddon Park in Hamilton from November 25. The record for Kane Williamson‘ s New Zealand on the first Test venue stands at par by winning and losing one in two encounters whereas Pakistan will play their first ever match in Christchurch.

Squads:

Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Sami Aslam, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq(c), Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed(wk), Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Rahat Ali, Sharjeel Khan, Imran Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Sohail Khan

New Zealand: Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, James Neesham, BJ Watling(wk), Todd Astle, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Colin de Grandhomme