New Zealand was 162-2 in its second innings, trailing England by 49 runs after following on, when heavy rain on Sunday curtailed the fourth day of the second Test.

Only 22 minutes of play were possible between lunch and stumps as long-delayed showers, breaking one of the worst droughts in New Zealand’s recent history, washed over the Basin Reserve and severely disrupted the last two sessions.

Kane Williamson reached a stubborn half-century during the first session and formed partnerships of 56 for the second-wicket with Peter Fulton and 81, unbroken, for the third-wicket with Ross Taylor. Williamson was 55 not out and Taylor unbeaten on 41 at stumps.

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