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Rain interrupts third day of Hamilton Test

AAP logoAAP 27/11/2016

Rain has again hit the second cricket Test between New Zealand and Pakistan in Hamilton.

A downpour brought an early end to the morning session on Sunday, the third day, when Pakistan were 8-200 in reply to New Zealand's first innings of 271.

They managed to come back for six balls after lunch, scoring one run, before the rain again sent the players from the field.

Rookie batsman Babar Azam, in just his third Test, has hit a high score of 81, and Mohammad Amir is five not out.

The forecast is for more rain throughout the afternoon and the heavy covers are on the pitch.

Only 21 overs were possible on the first day but a full day's play was managed on Saturday - which ended with Pakistan at 5-76.

Babar shared partnerships of 74 with Sarfraz Ahmed (41) and 67 with Sohail Khan (37) but Pakistan are still 70 shy of the hosts' first innings.

In Sunday's morning session Pakistan put on 124 runs but lost three wickets.

New Zealand weren't totally accurate in the field. Sarfraz was on 19 when Henry Nicholls at midwicket failed to take in a pull shot.

Tom Latham could have then run out Sarfraz but missed his shy at the stumps when the batsman stumbled trying to regain his ground at the bowler's end.

Neil Wagner eventually broke the 74-run partnership when he had Sarfraz caught by Jeet Raval at second slip.

However, Sohail helped Pakistan maintain a fast scoring rate, hooking Wagner for successive sixes in one over and then successive fours in Wagner's next over.

Tim Southee ended that partnership when he had Sohail caught behind for 37 for his fourth wicket.

Colin de Grandhomme then had Wahab Riaz out lbw for a five-ball duck.

New Zealand lead the two-Test series 1-0.

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