Good Morning! Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the second of the three-match One-Day International (ODI) series between Pakistan and New Zealand at the McLean Park in Napier on Thursday. I am Ayush Gupta, along with Pramod Ananth and we will be bring you all the live updates from this action. New Zealand, who are already in the driver’s seat, following the 70-run win in the opening tie at Wellington have a 1-0 lead and would look to seal the series with another win here in this tie. However, Pakistan, who had a decent putting in the previous tie, especially with the ball, would look to come up with a similar performance and an improved one with the bat, as thye look to win this tie and level things back in order to stay alive in the series and set up a thrilling decider. FULL SCORECARD: Pakistan vs New Zealand 2nd ODI at Napier

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled. REPORT

BAD NEWS: The umpires have decided to call of the match as the outfield is too wet for a match to be played on. New Zealand will take their 1-0 lead into the final match at Auckland.

UPDATE: Next inspection will take place at 10.50 AM IST. The cut-off for a 20-over match is 11.50 AM IST. Of the match does not start by then, it will be abandoned.

REPORT: There might be some action after all despite the delay

UPDATE: Next inspection will be at 10.05 AM IST and it looks as though there will be shortened match. 20 overs a side looks possible at this stage.

 

Continues to be gloomy and wet at Napier. While rain is playing spoilsport catch all the ICC Under-19 World Cup action here

Next inspection at 9 AM IST. It is still raining at Napier and it looks highly unlikely that we will have any play today. Stay tuned for further updates.

Toss delayed due to rain.

 

New Zealand are forced to make a change as Mitchell McClenaghan, who was struck on the grill, right below his eye will have to undergo a cosmetic surgery on Friday. Doug Bracewell has therefore replaced him in the squad. Mohammad Aamer had some issues with his leg in the first ODI and as a result Anwar Ali had to finish one of his overs. But the injury does not seem be a major one and Aamer will be available for selection in the second ODI as well and in all likeliness, will retain his place as well. Kane Williason will once again lead the team in the absence of Brendon McCullum. The latter is however on course to make a return for the third and final ODI at Auckland. Pakistan vs New Zealand 2015-16 2nd ODI at Napier: Preview

Squads:

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Tom Latham (first two ODIs), Brendon McCullum (third ODI), Kane Williamson, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Grant Elliott, Corey Anderson, BJ Watling (wk), Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell.

Pakistan: Azhar Ali (c), Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sohaib Maqsood, Zafar Gohar, Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Wahab Raiz, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Aamer.