The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

PER­SIS­TENT rain forced the aban­don­ment of the first day's play of the first cricket test be­tween New Zealand and Pak­istan at Ha­gley Oval in Christchurch yes­ter­day. Play had been ex­pected to be­gin be­fore noon but heavy rain overnight en­sured it did not be­gin as sched­uled. While ground­staff, who had said ear­lier they would need two hours to pre­pare the venue once rain stopped, worked to pre­pare the ground dur­ing brief in­ter­ludes of fine weather through­out the day, um­pires de­cided at their sec­ond pitch in­spec­tion and there was no chance of any play. Both teams had turned up be­fore the sched­uled lunch break and even be­gun warm­ing up but they were forced off due to con­sis­tent show­ers sweep­ing across the ground. The weather is ex­pected to clear today and re­main fine for the re­main­der of the match.

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