New Zealand make decent start before rain abandons play


Rain led to a shortened opening day as New Zealand made a solid start to the second Test against Pakistan in Hamilton.

The toss was delayed before the hosts were sent in to bat at Seddon Park, reaching 77-2 when rain saw an early lunch called.

It continued before play was abandoned with just 21 overs bowled, with Jeet Raval (35) and Ross Taylor (29) unbeaten on Friday.

Mohammad Amir (1-15) and Sohail Khan (1-35) were Pakistan's wicket-takers.

The tourists, beaten in the first Test, made three changes as Mohammad Rizwan was named for his debut, coming in along with Wahab Riaz and Imran Khan.

Spinner Yasir Shah was left out, captain Misbah-ul-Haq is suspended and Rahat Ali also made way.

New Zealand brought in Mitchell Santner and Matt Henry for Todd Astle and the injured Trent Boult.

Amir started superbly with the ball, having Raval dropped before removing Tom Latham (0), with Sami Aslam making no mistake with his second chance at first slip.

A return chance off Kane Williamson, then yet to get off the mark, was put down by Amir, but the Black Caps captain went soon after.

Williamson was given not out to Khan before a review saw him adjudged to have edged behind to Sarfraz Ahmed for 13.

Pakistan's bowlers were inconsistent after that, however, before rain brought an early end to proceedings.