New Zealand vs Australia 2nd ODI: Damp outfield leads to match being abandoned

The umpires felt that the conditions were unsafe for the players

Image courtesy of: Zimbio

Damp patches on the outfield from heavy rain in the morning resulted in the second ODI between New Zealand and Australia in Napier being abandoned with a ball bowled or a toss taking place.

Play was supposed to start at 2pm, but that was delayed due to the soggy conditions.

But, an hour later, the covers were removed, which improved the likelihood of play going ahead.

Instead, a frustrating wait ensued as the umpires conducted inspections a number of times before deeming that the conditions were too dangerous for the players.

The match ended up being called off at 6.45pm and as a result, New Zealand hold a 1-0 series lead going into the third and final ODI in Hamilton on Sunday.

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