CHRISTCHURCH: The first day play of Pakistan and New Zealand first test match scheduled here at Hagley Ovall cricket ground on Thursday stopped after real wait and see game as persistent rain and wet outfield gave no chance for the start, thenewstribe.com reported.
After the initial weather situation toss has been delayed for the first of the two-Test series between New Zealand and Pakistan.
According to TheNewsTribe.com’s sports desk, wet outfield and persistent rain forced the officials to call off play for the day.
Now, the toss will be held at 10:00 am on tomorrow (Friday), and play will begin at 10:30 am.
The target for the rest of the four days will be to squeeze in about 98 overs. The Test is now a four-day affair, the follow-on mark will be 150, not 200.
Rain washes out first session in Christchurch. Close towards Lunch, the drizzle stopped for a while and things began to look a bit brighter, according to a tweet from New Zealand Cricket Board. But soon it went back to wait and see as it began once more and now chances of play look pretty bleak
It is worth mentioning here that it’s a start of New Zealand summer, also just three days prior the beginning of the series, Christchurch was struck by an earthquake, which left psychological scars on players from both sides