Rain plays spoilsport once again in Auckland

Umpire Wayne Knights stands near the covered pitch shortly before announcing play has been abandoned due to rain
Umpire Wayne Knights stands near the covered pitch shortly before announcing play has been abandoned due to rain
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England 58 (Boult 6-32) v
New Zealand 233-4 (Williamson 102)
First Test, Auckland, day two
Scorecard

Rain and wet outfield continued to play spoilsport in the first Test between New Zealand and England at Eden Park in Auckland as the third day's play ended with only 17 deliveries possible.

With the second day also significantly dampened by rain, New Zealand came to bat with a score of 229 for four. In the third over of the day, Henry Nicholls (52 not out) notched a couple to bring his sixth half-century.

However, at the end of the over, rain forced the players off the field around 13:40 local time. Even though the weather relented a bit, giving a possibility of a 15:15 restart, the rain returned again and eventually the officials called off the day's play by 18:43 local time.

At stumps on day three, New Zealand have a lead of 175 runs and now will be racing against time and weather to force a result and take a 1-0 unassailable lead in the series.

Earlier, England were dismissed for just 58 in the first innings following a six-wicket haul from Trent Boult while Kane Williamson notched a record century on the second day to extend New Zealand's dominance in the game.

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