Wild weather thwarts Black Caps in Wellington

Niall Anderson - NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Friday, 8 March 2019, 3:54PM
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The Black Caps' quest to seal another test series win has been made tougher.

Up 1-0 over Bangladesh in their three-test series, the Black Caps will have a reduced scope in which to claim victory in the second test at the Basin Reserve, with rain having washed out day one in Wellington.

Puddles formed on the outfield after heavy rain this morning, with the covers unmoved from the wicket. While the rain eased, it never completely stopped, with lingering brief showers hanging around.

After an incredibly short inspection at 3.00pm, the umpires called play off for the day - the second straight day of test cricket at the Basin Reserve which has been interrupted by rain, after the final day of the test against Sri Lanka in December was cut short.

Play is set to resume at 10.30am tomorrow, but with some showers also forecast, it could leave the Black Caps with the worst-case scenario of having only three days in which to claim a test victory - a not ideal situation on a wicket which has favoured the batsmen in recent time.

Although the wicket looked green yesterday, and could prove beneficial to the bowlers after a lengthy period under covers, in the last seven tests played at the Basin, there have been 20 centuries scored – including five double tons and a triple century – while teams have scored 500 or more on seven occasions.

That could make the draw the most likely result, but if the weather clears in time for play tomorrow, the Black Caps will be confident of wrapping up victory within four days, having done so in many of their recent test outings.