Bad light cuts short play in New Zealand


Bad light forced the abandonment of play on a weather-interrupted day one of the opening Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh.

Rain delays meant only 40.2 overs were bowled on the first day in Wellington as umpires decided to cut play short, with Bangladesh 154-3 on Thursday.

In unpleasant and windy conditions, less than an hour was played in the morning session before more rain halted play throughout the day, with Mominul Haque (64 not out) and Shakib Al Hasan (5 not out) to resume at the crease at 10:30 (local time) on Friday.

Black Caps captain Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bowl following consecutive 3-0 series sweeps of Bangladesh in one-day internationals and Twenty20 internationals.

But New Zealand struggled in the gale conditions, which also forced cameramen down from their scaffolding due to the unsafe conditions at Basin Reserve, despite making an early breakthrough before the rain set in.

Talked up by his skipper pre-match, Tim Southee (1-45) claimed the wicket of opener Imrul Kayes for one in the fourth over.

Bangladesh looked relatively comfortable when play resumed following an extended lunch break, with Tamim Iqbal (56) and Monimul combining for 44 runs.

Tamim cruised to a half-century off just 48 deliveries, punishing the Kiwi bowling attack, before Trent Boult (1-53) tore through his stumps with Pakistan 60-2.

There were more rain delays but Monimul and Mahmudullah helped the tourists past the 100-run mark and eventually to 145-3 as the latter departed following some tireless bowling from Neil Wagner (1-28).