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Rain washes out Pietersen's comeback game

Match abandoned after only two deliveries were possible; New Zealand takes series 1-0

Rain washes out Pietersen's comeback game
 - Cricket News
Rain covers are placed on the field as rain delays the game.
Persistent rain washed out the second and final Twenty20 International between England and New Zealand after just two balls were bowled at The Oval on Thursday (June 27). The abandonment meant New Zealand won the series 1-0, having won the first T20I at the same venue on Tuesday by five wickets.  

The result brings an end to New Zealand’s long tour of England, which started with a two-Test series that England won 2-0, followed by a three-match One-Day International series, which New Zealand won 2-1. Between the end of the ODIs and the start of the T20Is, the two teams took part in the ICC Champions Trophy, where England reached the final, losing by five runs to India.  

On Thursday, Brendon McCullum, the New Zealand captain, won the toss and put England in to bat, and Mitchell McClenaghan got Michael Lumb to edge one to McCullum at second slip in the last bit of action in the match. Lumb had scored two runs off the previous delivery, and that’s where England’s score stayed – 2 for 1.  

Rain prevented all further attempts at a restart, with officials seeing plans for a six-overs-a-side game starting at 9.03pm local time thwarted by a fresh downpour.  

The match was a significant one as it signalled the return to international cricket for Kevin Pietersen, out of England action since March with a knee injury. Pietersen was named in the playing XI in place of Eoin Morgan, who missed the game because of a hand injury. In the absence of Morgan, who led the side in the absence of Stuart Broad, the regular T20I captain, in the first game, James Tredwell had taken charge as the captain of the England team.

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