The groundsmen toiled hard but could not drain out the water from the ground     Getty Images
The groundsmen toiled hard but could not drain out the water from the ground Getty Images

Rest of the first day s action of the second Test between New Zealand and Pakistan has been called off due to persistent rain and wet outfield. New Zealand went into lunch on Day One at 77 for 2, with Jeet Raval and Ross Taylor going strong. As a result, only 21 overs could bowled today. Tom Latham was dismissed for a first-ball duck and Kane Williamson tried to fight it out, but he fell for 13. There was drama early on in the innings as Sami Aslam in the slip region dropped a simple catch of Raval off Mohammad Aamer. He however made up for it to a certain extent by grabbing on to Latham s catch. Full Cricket Scorecard: New Zealand vs Pakistan, 2nd Test at Hamilton

Williamson and Raval put on 34 for the second wicket, but Sohail Khan s delivery just kissed Williamson s bat to the wicketkeeper. The on-field umpire had ruled in not out, but after a review, the snickometer showed a bit of spike, which was good enough for the TV umpire to reverse the decision. Taylor then walked in at No. 4 with some intent. He was putting away all the lose deliveries to the fence and has six boundaries in his innings on 20-ball 29. Raval and Taylor have added 38 for the third wicket off just 37 deliveries and will look carry on their good show if and when play resumes on Day Two.

Aamer and Sohail were the two wicket-takers for Pakistan. Aamer especially was right on the money throughout the day. He bowled with purpose and aggression. Other pacers too bowled well, but could not be as consistent as Aamer.

Pakistan had won the toss and elected to bowl first. There was a slight delay as there were some showers in the morning, but the umpires and players got on with the toss soon after the rain had receded. In the absence of regular skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali will lead Pakistan in this match. Both New Zealand and Pakistan have made changes to their XI. New Zealand have roped in Matt Henry and Mitchell Santner in place of Trent Boult and Todd Astle. Pakistan on the other hand, have gone in with an all pace attack, dropping leg-spinner Yasir Shah. Also, Imran Khan comes into the side in place of Rahat Ali. Mohammad Rizwan makes his Test debut, in place of regular skipper Misbah.

Brief Scores:

New Zealand 77 for 2 (Jeet Raval 35*, Ross Taylor 29*; Mohammad Aamer 1 for 15, Sohail Khan 1 for 35) vs Pakistan

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