Rain washes out NZ v Pakistan second ODI

Rain washed out the second one-day international between New Zealand and Pakistan at the Queenstown Events Centre on Wednesday.

Constant drizzle delayed the start of play by an hour before the match began at 1200 (2300 GMT) and was reduced to 48 overs each.

Pakistan made a breezy start to their innings, reaching 31 without loss off 4.2 overs with Ahmed Shahzad racing to 25 off 16 balls and Mohammad Hafeez on four, when rain forced them off again less than 20 minutes after play began.

Rain continued to fall and play was abandoned at 1517 when the umpires decided there was no chance of play beginning an hour later — the cut-off point for a match of 20 overs each side.

The series moves to Christchurch for the third game on Saturday. New Zealand hold a 1-0 lead in the best-of-six series following a nine-wicket win in Wellington.