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The forecast for Day Two is also not very encouraging, with intermittent showers being predicted. File Photo Getty Images

The first of the two Tests between New Zealand and Pakistan did not quite start the way players and fans would have wanted it to, with the first day of the Christchurch Test being washed out without a single ball being bowled. The persistent rains made sure even the coin could not be flipped for the toss at the Hagley Oval. Rain played the hide and seek game all day long with the umpires S Ravi and Ian Gould declaring lunch at 01:00 pm local time and then tea at 4:00 pm local time, while inspecting at the regular intervals. FULL SCORECARD: PAKISTAN vs NEW ZEALAND, 1st TEST AT CHRISTCHURCH.

Finally, just after tea, the two wise men felt that no game was possible on Day One and called off the first day s play. They also announced that in order to compensate for the loss, the match will begin half an hour before the scheduled time tomorrow, that is at 10:30 am local time and toss will happen at 10:00 am local time. The effort on next four days will be to get at least 98 overs being bowled each day so as to compensate for the time lost. The forecast for Day Two is also not very encouraging, with intermittent showers being predicted. However, the forecast for the remaining days is good with rains hopefully staying away from the Hagley Oval and allowing some action. LIVE BLOG, DAY 1: PAKISTAN vs NEW ZEALAND, 1st TEST AT CHRISTCHURCH.

The two teams did make their way on to the ground earlier in the day when sun came out for a brief period. While the Pakistan players indulged in a football session, New Zealand players did some light fielding practice with batting coach Craig McMillan. But with the rains making comeback at regular intervals, the teams had to get back to their respective dressing rooms.

Pakistan are yet to play a delivery on this tour, with their three-day practice match against New Zealand A in Nelson also getting washed out. It will be interesting to see how well they cope up with the conditions. The team currently enjoys a 12-series unbeaten streak in New Zealand, as they have not lost a single series in the country since 1985. The two-match series is going to be interesting, as it will determine whether Pakistan can continue with their winning streak or the hosts revive their fortunes at home after a horrid time away from the familiar shores.

(A self-confessed cricket freak, Chinmay Jawalekar is a senior writer with CricketCountry. When not writing or following cricket, he loves to read, eat and sleep. He can be followed here @CricfreakTweets)