Start delayed due to wet outfield, India suffer injury blows

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MUMBAI, Dec 3 (Reuters) - The commencement of play was delayed connected the opening time of the 2nd trial betwixt India and New Zealand connected Friday owed to a bedewed outfield astatine the Wankhede Stadium.

Mumbai received unseasonal rainfall during the past 2 days, forcing the players to skip outdoor signifier up of the match.

While the prima was retired determination were inactive bedewed patches connected the outfield, forcing the flip to beryllium delayed.

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The Indian cricket committee (BCCI) said the umpires would inspect conditions astatine 10:30 section clip (0500 GMT).

India were dealt 3 wounded blows up of the commencement of play, the BCCI said successful a statement.

Ajinkya Rahane, who led the broadside successful Kanpur successful the lack of regular skipper Virat Kohli, was ruled retired of the Mumbai match, on with all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and accelerated bowler Ishant Sharma.

"Ajinkya Rahane sustained a insignificant near hamstring strain portion fielding connected the last time of the archetypal trial lucifer successful Kanpur," the BCCI said successful a statement.

Ishant had dislocated his near small digit portion Jadeja suffered a close forearm wounded during the Kanpur test, the BCCI added.

Kohli volition instrumentality to the broadside to pb the hosts.

The opening trial ended successful a thrilling draw, with New Zealand's past batting brace hanging connected successful the last league to contradict the hosts a victory.

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Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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