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Pakistan New Zealand match abandoned due to rain

Talal Dar - 28-01-2016 - View: 295

New Zealand go into the last game with 1-0 lead in the series

Pakistan New Zealand match abandoned due to rain

The second One-Day International (ODI) between Pakistan and New Zealand at McLean Park in Napier has been washed out due to rain as not even a single ball was bowled and the hosts will go into the last game in Auckland with 1-0 lead in the series.

The weather forecast also suggested that there would be rain and it started one night before the match. Umpires did inspection to make sure that the match would be held despite the rain and went out to the ground to check several times if the play was possible.

It stopped raining after few hours and the organisers were hoping to have a 20 over match but the outfield was too wet and they were afraid that the players may get slipped and may get injured so the risk of holding the match on the wet field was not taken and it was abandoned.

This means that Pakistan cannot win the series now and New Zealand cannot lose it. Pakistan can level the series by winning the last game at the Eden Park in Auckland and can also save themselves from moving to ninth place in the rankings below West Indies.

New Zealand will be looking to win the series 2-0 and move to the third place in the rankings, above South Africa and only one point below India who are currently in the second place. It will be their second series win in a row at home after beating Sri Lanka.

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