The third day of the Second Cricket Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh was abandoned because of rain without a ball being bowled, leaving the match closely balanced with two extended days remaining.

After bringing an early end to play on the second day, rain continued throughout the night and into the afternoon in Christchurch. The pitch, surrounds and bowlers’ run-ups have remained covered throughout the day while the outfield became water-logged from the constant rain.

The umpires made the decision to abandon the day’s play at 4pm and play will start 30 minutes early on the fourth day Monday when the weather is expected to improve.