South Africa vs New Zealand: First test ends in stalemate after poor conditions prevent play

Durban: The first Test between South Africa and New Zealand at Durban ended in a draw Tuesday after poor conditions prevented play, setting up a series-deciding final match beginning at the weekend.

New Zealand players celebrate the dismissal of South African captain Faf du Plessis. Getty Images

New Zealand players celebrate the dismissal of South African captain Faf du Plessis. Getty Images

No play took place after rain fell during the lunch break on the second day on Saturday, when New Zealand were on 15 for two in reply to South Africa's first innings total of 263.

Rain fell throughout the rest of Saturday and into early Sunday morning and further play was ruled out on days three, four and five because of a wet, soft outfield which the umpires decided would be dangerous for players.

By Monday, the weather had cleared and there was no further rain but the outfield conditions did not improve sufficiently for play to resume.

The series now hinges on the second and final Test starting at Centurion on Saturday.

Cricket South Africa chief executive Haroon Lorgat in part blamed unseasonal rain and a re-laid outfield for the loss of play at the Kingsmead ground.

He said on Monday the outfield had been relaid in June following complaints by players about conditions during a Twenty20 international and a one-day international there in August 2015, also involving New Zealand.

"However, the unseasonal rain at this time of year impacted our preparations of the newly laid outfield," he added.


Updated Date: Aug 23, 2016 15:43 PM

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