11.33 am They are saying that we might get a start around 12.00 noon. We will back at 12.00.

Paul: "Looking at the rain radar most of the rain is about to hit Dunedin although the metvuw rain forecast maps don't look good for cricket today especially after 1pm"

11.31 am Light drizzle still on. TV comms say that the groundstaff would need 30 minutes are so to get the game started . The covers are still on. Annoying light drizzle still on.

11.05 am: The umpires are out there, inspecting the outfield. It's a light drizzle. Thought Ian Smith said that the play will start at 11.10. I probably heard him wrong. No word yet on the start of the play. The covers are still on. The umpires are now walking back to the pavilion. We shall update as soon as we hear anything.

10.59 am: Inspection at 11. 05 am, we hear. Well, the covers are still on. Let's see what happens in ten minutes.

Ganeesha from NZ: "It's Lord of the Rings country, one of the backdrops to Sir Peter Jackson's movies. You'll not get better - not even Cape Town with its Table Mountain. This is New Zealand . . . and it's beautiful, you'll see nothing better."

10.53 am: Light showers. The covers are on. We will have a delayed start. Got to wait for the rain to subside.

Hi there, welcome to New Zealand v Pakistan.

Toss: New Zealand have chosen to bowl in overcast conditions.

Vettori"It's overcast. It should assist the bowlers early on. We were well led by Tim Southee. Not only because he took 5 wickets, but the areas he bowled .... Jamie How comes in from Nathan McCullum. Pretty tough on Nathan but we just want to test all permutation and combinations."

Afridi: "We have time now to do some experimentation before the World Cup because you cant do experiments in the world cup. Akhtar , Shafiq, and Abdur Rehman are out: Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul, and Shehzad in."

What a charming place this is. Absolutely fabulicious scenery. Afridi gushes: " I feel i am in heaven. This place is beautiful"

0.1

Franklin to Mohammad Hafeez, no run

We have a 48-over game

0.2

Franklin to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, drifts to the pads ,tucked down to fine-leg region

0.3

Franklin to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 no ball, stays back to push this length delivery to the cover region

Free hit coming up

0.3

Franklin to Ahmed Shehzad, SIX, Boom! he shuffled towards off, cleared the front foot, opened his stance and swung the full-length delivery over square-leg boundary.

Very light drizzle still on

0.4

Franklin to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, gets forward to defend this to the off side

0.5

Franklin to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, full and around off stump, driven uppishly but it falls short of mid-off. Catch it was the cry but that didn't carry

0.6

Franklin to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, banged in short, not much pace on that, pulled away to deep midwicket fielder for a single

End of over 1 (9 runs) Pakistan 9/0 (RR: 9.00)
Ahmed Shehzad    7* (5b 1x6)      JEC Franklin    1-0-9-0
Mohammad Hafeez    1* (2b)     

1.1

Southee to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, lovely delivery, that lands on a good length outside off stump and seams away past the defensive push and rushes past the outside edge

1.2

Southee to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, fuller, tilting in towards middle and off, tapped to the on side

48 overs per innings. Batting Powerplay is 4 overs. 2 bowlers can bowl only 9 overs each

1.3

Southee to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, is squared up as he pushes a delivery that straightens around the off stump to point region

1.4

Southee to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 wide, pushes this down the leg side for a wide

1.4

Southee to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, Thump! Lovely pull shot. He swiveled quickly to pull the short delivery over midwicket. Fluent swing of the bat

1.5

Southee to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, ooh! It cut in from outside off stump and Shehzad left it on the length and it bounced just past the off stump.

1.6

Southee to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, fuller in length, on the middle and leg, Shehzad flicks it neatly past square-leg. Guptill gives chase and puts in a dive and even flicks the ball from the ropes but it eventually rolls over the line along with him

End of over 2 (9 runs) Pakistan 18/0 (RR: 9.00)
Ahmed Shehzad    15* (11b 2x4 1x6)      TG Southee    1-0-9-0
Mohammad Hafeez    1* (2b)      JEC Franklin    1-0-9-0

2.1

Franklin to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, in the zone outside off stump, left alone

2.2

Franklin to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, stays back to tap this short-of-length delivery to right of mid-on for a single

2.3

Franklin to Ahmed Shehzad, 2 runs, slips in a slower one on the middle and leg, worked around to fine-leg region

2.4

Franklin to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, Crashed! Gentle full delivery floated outside off and he leans across to square drive it through cover point.

2.5

Franklin to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, slower one, tries to work it to the on side but doesn't connect properly

2.6

Franklin to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, Thump and dive! Shehzad reaches out to thump a short of length delivery to left of cover where Guptil makes an acrobatic save

Aaron: "Why oh why did they open with Franklin, who, on a good day, can bowl at a mere 120kph? Bennett and Southee should be opening the bowling every game. We need pace at the start of the innings!"

End of over 3 (7 runs) Pakistan 25/0 (RR: 8.33)
Ahmed Shehzad    21* (15b 3x4 1x6)      JEC Franklin    2-0-16-0
Mohammad Hafeez    2* (4b)      TG Southee    1-0-9-0

3.1

Southee to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, leans forward to tap this to the on side

3.2

Southee to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, jags back in from outside off and Hafeez was initially on the front foot; he then tried to press back and ended up caught at the crease and pushing outside the line of the delivery. The ball hit high on the thigh pad

3.3

Southee to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, straightens outside off, left alone

3.4

Southee to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, leans forward to defend a full-length delivery to cover

3.5

Southee to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, extra bounce .. kicks up from just short of length and Hafeez is beaten, trying to push the ball to point.

3.6

Southee to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, more trouble for Hafeez. This one cuts in from outside off, from good length, Hafeez stabs it off the inside edge to square-leg. He initially ambles across and is made to hurry in the end by the throw

End of over 4 (1 run) Pakistan 26/0 (RR: 6.50)
Mohammad Hafeez    3* (10b)      TG Southee    2-0-10-0
Ahmed Shehzad    21* (15b 3x4 1x6)      JEC Franklin    2-0-16-0

Cam Hodgson: "Seriously, get Hamish Bennett on. I understand they want James Franklin to get the new ball to swing, but it's not happening. All he's doing is bowling dollies at less than 120kmph. A bit of a waste really."

Well, Oram to bowl

4.1

Oram to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, stays back to push this delivery to backward point region

4.2

Oram to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, This man is in some hurry. He gets on the front foot to whack a short-of-length delivery on the up and over wide mid-on.

15.21 pm Game abandoned. So that's that. The third ODI will be played on 29th. The forecast doesn't look too good for that as well. Let's hope we get a good day. See you then. Bye.

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15.10 Laurence: "You guys have it all wrong...As for rain songs it's got to be 'Rain Fall Down' by the Stones and 'Lost in the Flood' by Springsteen. Unfortunately, this match seems to be the latter."

In other news, Matthew Bell has retired. Leigh C: "As somone who knows Matty Bell, it's a pretty sad day for supporters of Wellington Cricket. He's been a big runs scorer in years gone by but it's good to see he knows it's time to move on and is looking forward to life after cricket."

Dazzleator: "and how could you forget 'Maybe The Rain', by NZ's very own music icon Dave Dobbyn!"

14.45 More rainy day songs from Gazza: "Rihanna - Umbrella. Butch Cassidy - Raindrops keep falling on my head."

Greg: "Following on from Lee: I always wonder why we have int'l cricket going through into April in New Zealand. By April we are well and truly into Autumn which is starting to get wet, including in most of the drier parts of NZ. And cold in some places too. Our Int'l cricket season should end in March. March is often a good and settled weather month."

Ben: "@ Lee It's funny how people only say this when it rains. The actual truth is, this is the first day where rain has seriously affected international cricket this summer. It happens from time to time, even in "proper" cricket countries like South Africa and England."

Chris from New Zealand: ""cut-off time for play to start is 4.35pm"...how convenient it is that another starts at 4:30 that will be more interesting. Come on England!"

Brendan: "I hate to say it guys, but rain is forecast for the 3rd ODI in Christchurch this Saturday as well. Could this be a repeat of the Windies ODI series in 2009??? A no result in Queenstown, a rain affected result in Christchurch (that went to the Windies by the way) and a no result at Eden Park in which Martin Guptill smacked his 100 on debut! Geez, i'm sure this is deva'vu!!!"

Karl: "Given that we are still in January I think both Lee and Greg need to wake up and check the calendar."

14.40 Omair Siddiqui's an optimist: "Look at the bright side! Now this series will have a result! A 6-game series could have ended up 3-3!"

Lee writes in: "The sad truth is that New Zealand is not a great place for cricket, environmentally, and it kind of shows in our game."

Omer: "Guess what? Its raining in Saudi Arabia." Now you know.

Btw, cut-off time for play to start is 4.35pm. Given that it's still raining and the outfield's wet, expect the umpires to call off the game sometime soon.

14.30 Update The rain is getting heavier, and doesn't look like clearing up, fans at the ground are starting to leave.

Daniel: "Fantasic, now i actually have to do some work now instead of sitting here pretending. Thanks heaps, rain."

Rishi Garjia sends some songs for the wet weather: "Eurythmics - Here Comes The Rain Again, Phil Collins - I Wish It Would Rain Down."

The Joker doesn't seem to be joking when he suggests: "What they need to do in small countries like NZ is hire a small plane for each team that can fly them to another ground in NZ within a few hours. I live in Rotorua and its the sunniest day we have had for a while, which is only a few hours flight! (not that we would get an ODI here but you get the point)."

14.25 Dave seems upset that there's not much play likely. "Why do they have such a long break between matches? The last one was on Saturday, today is Wed. They could have played this yesterday when the sun was shining and the forecast ok. Instead we saw pictures on TV yesterday of them practicing in the sunshine. Doesn't take 3 days to get from Wellington to Queenstown! Ridiculous."

Cam Hodgson writes in: "Turning attention to the National U-23 competition on at the moment. Day 3 of 3..makes no sense, difficult to get any results in 3-day games. One more day surely can't hurt each game! All 3 games headed for a draw."

14.10 More of the same in Queenstown. Steady rain, don't hold your breath if you are expecting this to re-start.

13.20 Update Early lunch in Queenstown. Still raining and becoming heavier too.

12.51 Brian Waddle, from Radiosport, has some bad news for us. He says, "I would be surprised if we get any cricket in today". Hmmm

12.48 That rain is still on. The covers are of course on. So, I am afraid more wait in store for us. Pretty murky stuff.

12.19 pm Rain stops play.Ahmed Shehzad was up and running in some style here but rain has put a break on the entertainment. The PA guy has some sense of humour here: He is playing CCR's 'Have you ever seen the rain'. Oh well. Players head back to the pavilion.

More wait for us. Download some songs. CCR is a good start. We will be back as and when we get any updates.

Series Results
New Zealand v Pakistan at Auckland - Feb 5, 2011
New Zealand won by 57 runs
New Zealand v Pakistan at Hamilton - Feb 3, 2011
Pakistan won by 41 runs
New Zealand v Pakistan at Napier - Feb 1, 2011
Pakistan won by 2 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)
New Zealand v Pakistan at Christchurch - Jan 29, 2011
Pakistan won by 43 runs
New Zealand v Pakistan at Queenstown - Jan 26, 2011
No result
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Jan 26, 2011

Glenn Turner at the post-match press conference, New Zealand v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Queenstown, January 26, 2011

Glenn Turner at the post-match press conference

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Jan 26, 2011

Martin Guptill and Tim Southee show off their basketball skills during the rain interruption, New Zealand v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Queenstown, January 26, 2011

Martin Guptill and Tim Southee show off their basketball skills

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