Pak-NZ 2nd ODI: Rain delays toss in Napier


NAPIER – The toss and start of the second one-day international (ODI) between Pakistan and New Zealand in Napier today (Thursday) has been delayed due to rain.

The match is likely to be affected by the drizzle.

The umpires have inspected the conditions in Napier at 07:30 PST, where the outfield looks quite wet. There will be another inspection at 08.30am.

Joking about the occasion, New Zealand Captain Kane Williamson remarked that the reason behind the rain was it only rained when they scheduled a cricket match. Humoring on the delay, the Kiwi s Captain says he lives in Napier and is convinced that the match was the cause of the rain.

Pakistan are one down in the three-match ODI series after losing the opening match against hosts by 70 runs at Basin Reserve in Wellington on Monday.

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.

In reply to New Zealand’s 280-8, Pakistan 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.

Sarfraz Ahmed (30) and Anwar Ali (16) put on 35 for the seventh wicket but their partnership ended when they tried to lift the scoring.



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