Rain delays start of third day's play between India-New Zealand at Hyderabad

Pragyan Ojha (C) claimed two wickets on the second day at Uppal AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Hyderabad: Aug 25, 2012

Rain delayed that start of play on the third day between India and New Zealand at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Saturday.

Officials later confirmed the start of play around 10.30 am local time.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) informed on Twitter, “Slight drizzle in Hyderabad this morning. Although it has stopped, the precautionary covers are still on. There shouldn’t be much delay.”

“The play will begin at 10:30 and a minimum of 83 overs will be bowled today. Lunch at 12pm Tea at 2:40pm. Play can be extended till 5:30pm,” the BCCI added.

New Zealand were struggling in their first innings at 106 for five on the second day of the opening Test against India at Hyderabad.

The Kiwis need a further 133 runs to avoid follow-on against a dominant Indian side.

It has been raining continuously since morning, and though it has stopped now, the outfield is still wet.

According to reports, the super soppers are out and getting the water off the ground.

Indian spinners R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha took full advantage of a spinning track to rip through New Zealand’s top order and put India in the driver’s seat on the second day.

At stumps after the second day’s proceedings, New Zealand trail India by 332 runs with James Franklin batting on 31 from 75 balls with a four and a six while wicketkeeper-batsman Krug van Wyk was yet to open his account after having faced six balls.

Earlier, India’s forst innings ended on 438 with Pujara contributing 159 and adding 127 runs for the sixth wicket with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni who chipped in with an useful 73.

Brief Scores: India 438 (Cheteshwar Pujara 159, MS Dhoni 73, Virat Kohli 58; Jeetan Patel 4 for 100, Trent Boult 3 for 93) lead New Zealand 106 for 5 (Kane Williamson 32, James Franklin 31*; R Ashwin 3 for 30, Pragyan Ojha 2 for 35) by 332 runs.

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