Rain, bad light force early stumps on day two of Pak-Lanka first Test.


RAWALPINDI -- Sri Lankans enjoyed massive advantage of rain and bad light, which forced early stumps on the second day of the first Test against hosts Pakistan here at Pindi Cricket Stadium on Thursday.

Rain once again deprived massive crowd of witnessing both teams in action for almost entire day. The match started at the scheduled time, a Sri Lankan pair of Silva and Dickwella started the innings at 202 for the loss of 5 wickets in 68.1 overs, but only after hardly 7 overs play, heavy rain started to fall and covers were rushed to the field. The grounds men did a fantastic job, as they, without wasting a single second, covered the entire playing area. The rain continued to fall for almost three hours. The umpires inspected the outfield at 12:00pm, when rain finally stopped, but it was decided that the umpires would check the outfield again at 1:00pm. The match finally resumed at 1:45pm.

Although the rain was predicted, but the crowd remained present at the venue for entire day, hoping the play might resume and finally, their prayers and passion paid off and Haris Sohail was brought into the attack. It was clearly evident that skipper Azhar Ali is working on a plan as he wanted to rush off four hours, before new ball was available. Asad Shafiq bowled two overs from the other end. Silva survived a very close LBW appeal off the bowling of Haris, while Silva was also lucky to remain at the crease, as he was walking off the field, as he nicked to wicketkeeper M Rizwan, but replays showed that ball had touched the ground.

As the new ball was available after the completion of 80 overs, Azhar Ali threw the ball towards Shaheen Shah, who bowled the 81st over first delivery with the old-ball narrowly missed the edge of Silva's bat. Shaheen...

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