Rain, bad light ruin third day's play of first Pak-Lanka Test.


RAWALPINDI -- Rain continues to deprive locals and world cricket of watching historic Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka here at Pinidi Cricket Stadium.

So far only 91.5 overs match was possible in three days. Sri Lanka managed to score 282-6 as heavy rain only allowed 18.2 overs match on the second day and rain continued to fall right throughout the Thursday night and it stopped in the wee hours of Friday morning. The pitch and entire ground was covered with covers while bad light and wet outfield were the main reasons behind delay in the third day's play.

The umpires examined the pitch in the morning and it was decided another inspection would be held at 11:30am. The floodlights were fully functional while sucking machine and other available tools were fully utilised by the Pakistan Cricket Board and Pindi Ground administration. Hats off to the ground staff, who did a fantastic job by completely drying the ground before 12:00pm.

After second inspection, it was decided that the third day's play will start at 1:10. After Friday prayers, as lunch break took place at 12:00 till 1:10pm. The match finally resumed and overnight pair of Silva and Dilruwan Perera were at the crease. Silva was batting at the overnight score of 76 while Perera was at 6. Shaeen Shan and young pace sensation Naseem Shah bowled with lot of venom and fire and were troubling both the batsmen, as overcast conditions were helping both the seamers.

But despite troubling Lankan batsmen, both the bowlers failed to take any breakthrough. After only 5.2 overs, the umpires offered light to Lankan batsmen, who walked off from the pitch. In 5.2 overs, Sri Lankan batsmen managed to add 19 runs. Silva was unbeaten at 87 while Perera's...

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