Rain again disrupts 2nd test between NZ and Pakistan

HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) Rain disrupted the second cricket test between New Zealand and Pakistan on Sunday, with just six deliveries completed between lunch and tea on the third day after the tourists had launched a fightback in the morning session.

Lunch was taken early when the players were forced from the field by a passing shower eight minutes before the scheduled interval after Pakistan had taken its overnight score of 76 for five to 200-8 in its first innings, replying to New Zealand's 271.

The players briefly returned after lunch but only one over was bowled with Pakistan adding a single without loss before heavier and more persistent showers drenched Seddon Park.

Babar Azam was 81 not out with Mohammad Amir unbeaten on five and Pakistan on 201-8, still 70 runs in arrears but in a much better position than when play resumed at the start of the day.

Babar anchored the innings with his second half century in only his third test and Sarfraz Ahmed and Sohail Khan were able to go on the offensive and put pressure on the New Zealand bowlers.

Sarfraz made 41 from 44 balls and put on 74 in 84 minutes with Babar for the sixth wicket. Sohail then hit four fours and two sixes in reaching 37 from 47 balls, adding a further 67 in 68 minutes.

Conditions improved significantly as the scheduled tea interval approached. The covers were rolled away, the umpires made a ground inspection with likely to resume in the final session.