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18 May 2024

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2nd ODI: Rain washes out play

By Cricket Correspondent

The second one-day international between New Zealand and Pakistan in Napier was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to heavy rain and a wet outfield on Thursday.

The calling off means Pakistan, who lost Monday's first one-dayer by 70 runs, can now only hope to level the series when the teams play the third and final match at Auckland on Sunday.

Heavy rain rendered the outfield too wet for any play and the umpires finally decided to call off the match after several inspections through the day.

New Zealand had earlier won the three-match Twenty20 international series 2-1.

The umpires have decided to call off the match without a ball being bowled because of a wet outfield.

There will be another inspection after one hour since the outfield is wet.

Rain has delayed the toss for the second one-day international between Pakistan and New Zealand in Napier on Thursday.

It has been raining heavily since morning.

A solid 82 by Henry Nicholls followed by a ninth-wicket batting blitz carried New Zealand to a convincing 70-run victory in the opening one-day international against Pakistan in Wellington on Monday.

In reply to New Zealand's 280-8, Pakistan were skittled out for 210 with four overs remaining.

Nicholls apart, New Zealand's recognised run-makers struggled against a fired-up Pakistan attack, with the other six batsmen in the top seven contributing just 47 in total.

The hosts were in a perilous position at 99-6 before Mitchell Santner joined Nicholls in a 79-run stand for the seventh wicket.

Matt Henry and Mitchell McClenaghan then added 73 off 33 balls in a closing onslaught to ensure a target which eventually proved too much for Pakistan.