Queenstown: Persistent rain stopped play of the second ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand after Daniel Vettori won the toss and elected to bowl first in the overcast conditions.
Pakistan were on 31/0 when rain interrupted the play. Ahmed Shehzad was batting on 25 (16) while his opening partner Mohammad Hafeez was on 4 off 11.
All six previous one-day internationals at the Queenstown Events Center have been won by the team batting second — five out of six by New Zealand — and Vettori was eager to allow his bowlers to exploit overcast and humid conditions.
New Zealand made one change to their lineup for the match, naming batsman Jamie How in place of all-rounder Nathan McCullum. Pakistan made three changes, recalling seamers Wahab Riaz and Umar Gul and naming Ahmed Shehzad in place of Asad Shafiq.
"We have some time to do some experiments before the World Cup because we won't be able to experiment at the World Cup so that's why we've made three changes," Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi said.
Teams batting first in Queenstown have averaged only 179 runs and Vettori hoped his bowlers could maintain that domination.
"With the overcast conditions and the pitch having been under the covers it should assist the seamers for a while," Vettori said.
Play was about to begin Wednesday when light rain began to fall and the pitch was covered. The weather forecast is for light drizzle followed by showers.
New Zealand won the first match of the five-match series by nine wickets.
New Zealand Squad: Daniel Vettori (captain), Martin Guptill, Jesse Ryder, Jamie How, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum, Scott Styris, Jacob Oram, James Franklin, Tim Southee, Hamish Bennett. Nathan McCullum, 12th man.
Pakistan Squad: Shahid Afridi (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal, Younis Khan, Misbah ul-Haq, Ahmed Shehzad, Abdur Razzaq, Abdur Rehman, Sohail Tanvir, Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul. Asad Shafiq, 12th man.