The decision review system (DRS) was the major talking point at the end of a rain-shortened first day’s play in the second test between New Zealand and Pakistan in Hamilton on Friday following the dismissal of the home side’s captain Kane Williamson.
New Zealand reached 77 for 2 before the teams had to put their cricket to a halt due to rainfall. Unfortunately, the team could only manage to bat for around 21 overs before the play was interrupted by the rain.
As part of the beginning rituals, Pakistan won the toss against the New Zealand in bowler-friendly conditions with a green pitch and heavy cloud hovering overhead. Apart from that, Mohammad Amir pulled off an impressive opening spell that went squandered because of the weather conditions in New Zealand.
The teams took an early lunch recess with Jeet Raval and Ross Taylor on the field after the early loss of Tom Latham and Kane Williamson. Three hours later, the umpires stopped play for the day. Taylor, who is scheduled to undergo surgery at the end of the Test to remove a growth in his left eye, looked untroubled as he hit six boundaries in his unbeaten 20-ball 29.
Raval was dropped off the third delivery he faced but otherwise looked composed as he continued the good form from his maiden Test last week by getting to 35.
During his opening over, Amir had Raval dropped at first slip, but then he was seen immediately making up for it by bagging the dismissal of Latham for a golden duck.
But it was the controversial dismissal of New Zealand captain Williamson that proved the main talking point at Seddon Park after he was given out for 13 after a review.
The game will resume half-an-hour early at 10:30am local time on Saturday, Nov 26.