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South Africa, New Zealand Test drawn after abandonment

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.

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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.

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