Rain washes out third day’s play in Christchurch

Rain washes out third day’s play in Christchurch

News: The 3rd day of the 2nd and final Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh was washed out without a ball bowled on Sunday (January 22) after persistent rain in Christchurch. That left New Zealand on a tricky 260 for 7 in its first innings, 29 runs behind Bangladesh’s 289.

Umpires waited until the start of the evening session before calling play off the weather showed no sign of clearing up. The good news, though, was that the forecast for the next two days is bright and play will start 30 minutes early on both days to make up for some of the lost time.

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Same as saturday, rain played a role, forcing an early end with Henry Nicholls and Tim Southee unbeaten on 56 and 4 respectively after Shakib Al Hasan stopped the New Zealand domination with three wickets in quick succession.

New Zealand went into the final session of the second day at 192 for 4, and the fifth-wicket pair of Nicholls and Mitchell Santner extended their stand to 75 runs when Shakib dismissed Santner for 29. Shakib then hit BJ Watling’s stumps with a straighter one and followed it up with the scalp of Colin de Grandhomme, who played for the turn that wasn’t there and was bowled as well. Shakib’s figures at the end of the day read 7-0-32-3.

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