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Rain halts Kiwis in Hamilton

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New Zealand reached 77-2 on a rain-affected opening day of the second Test against Pakistan in Hamilton. 

Play started on time in overcast conditions at Seddon Park but only 21 overs were possible before heavy rain set in 15 minutes before the lunch interval, and three hours later play was abandoned for the day.

With Misbah-ul-Haq having returned home after the death of his father-in-law, stand-in Pakistan captain Azhar Ali won the toss and elected to bowl first on a green surface with light drizzle in the air.

Ali's decision meant that it was the 20th successive Test match in New Zealand where the side winning the toss had chosen to insert the opposition.

Jeet Raval was dropped on four by Sami Aslam at slip off Mohammad Amir, but he managed to hold onto another edge off Amir soon after as Tom Latham was dismissed for 13.

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Amir then dropped Kane Williamson off his own bowling - a tough caught-and-bowled chance when the New Zealand captain was on nought.

But Williamson's luck was to run out when he was given out caught behind off Sohail Khan for 13 following a successful Pakistan review, though replays and real-time snicko suggested only the faintest of edges.

Ross Taylor (29 not out) and Raval (35 not out) made the most of the wet conditions and punished anything loose to ensure the hosts will resume day two with two batsmen well set and eight wickets still in hand.

The loss of overs on day one means that play will start half an hour earlier on the remaining four days of the Test.

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