Persistent rain has forced the abandonment of the first day’s play of the first Test between Pakistan and New Zealand which is being played at Hagley Oval in Christchurch from November 17, 2016. The game was scheduled to begin at 22:00 GMT, but heavy rains overnight had made playing conditions impossible.

Live updates:

Day 2:

Pakistan 133 all-out, C de Grandhomme 41/6.

New Zealand 104/3 (36.0 overs) Raval 55*

Day 1: washed out due to rain

New Zealand wins the toss and elected to bowl first.

Line-ups:

Pakistan: Sami Aslam, Azhar Ali,Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Amir, , Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Yasir Shah and Sohail Khan.

The ground staff had said that they would need at least 2 hours to prepare the ground for play. However, work was always interrupted by brief episodes of rain and clear skies. The two officiating umpires inspected the pitch at 16:00 and decided that no play was possible under the present ground conditions.

First day's play washed out.

Both the teams also came to the ground before lunch at 13:00 and started to warm up before they were forced off the grounds once again by incessant rain across the field.The weather is expected to be okay on Friday when the play will start in what will be a four-day test match.

The game will begin 30 minutes before when the toss will be made.

The nation has just got together after a massive earthquake which happened on Monday, and it took some of the attention away from the beginning of the host country’s Test cricket season.

Brendon McCullum was been succeeded by Kane Williamson.

Brendon had retired from international cricket following the test with Australia on the same ground.

PTV live online cricket streaming and telecast

In Pakistan, viewers can watch the match live on PTV Sports and Ten Sports.

The online streaming can be watched on the official website of PTV Sports.

Star Sports, Super Sports, and Fox Sports will broadcast the series in India, Africa, and New Zealand respectively.

Pitch and weather conditions

The black cap’s batting coach Craig McMillan has described the field conditions as very challenging when finally the play begins tomorrow. It will be a very pensive moment for the New Zealand team’s coach when the coin will be tossed tomorrow morning.

The pitch conditions deem that the batsmen will fear and wish to avoid it particularly New Zealand which is of late having a run drought. The first session tomorrow will be demanding.

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