Sat, 25 Aug 2012 15:10:34 GMT | By PTI

Rain Gods save the day for New Zealand

Hyderabad: Heavy rain brought an early end to the proceedings on the third day of the first cricket Test between India and New Zealand on Saturday.


Rain Gods save the day for New Zealand (© Reuters)

Replying to India's first innings total of 438, New Zealand were following at 41/1 in their second innings after being dismissed for 159 in their first essay.

With thick dark clouds hovering over the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, the match was stopped 74 minutes after lunch as the groundsmen put the covers on.

Minutes later, heavy rains started pouring in with the ground resembling a pool, leaving little hope for a resumption of play on day three.

Brendon McCullum was unbeaten on 16 (59 balls, 1x4) while Kane Williamson was giving the Kiwi opener company batting on three (11 balls) when the match had to be stopped as the tea was taken early due to rain.

In reply to India's first innings total of 438, New Zealand were bundled out for 159 with 279 runs in arrears after off-spinner R Ashwin took a career-best 6/31.

India enforced the follow on at lunch as New Zealand put up a defensive display in their second essay scoring at snail's pace.

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