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Hamilton test: Rains washes out two sessions of first day’s play

HAMILTON: The play after the first session of the second test between Pakistan and New Zealand was called off due to heavy rains.

Earlier, Nez Zealand was 77-2 when the first session was ended 15 minutes before the scheduled time after heavy rain in Hamilton.

When the rain hit,  Jeet Raval was not out at 35 with Ross Taylor on 29.

Mohammad Amir and Sohail Khan took a wicket each for Pakistan.

Pakistan won the toss and put New Zealand into bat on a green wicket and under heavy cloud cover as rain threatened to disrupt the second Test.

Earlier, the umpires delayed the toss for 15 minutes and the covers remained on as they waited for the persistent, light drizzle to ease. Scattered rain is forecast throughout the first four days of the match.

New Zealand, who won the first Test in Christchurch by eight wickets, have made two changes with Matt Henry in for the injured Trent Boult and Mitchell Santner replacing Todd Astle. With the pitch promising bounce and swing Pakistan have taken the rare step of leaving out spinner Yasir Shah to play four seamers, adding Wahab Riaz to their lineup and replacing Rahat Ali with Imran Khan.