Another disappointing day for Pakistan cricket fans in Rawalpindi due to inclement weather
The third day of the 1st Test in Rawalpindi was almost entirely wiped out due to poor weather conditions with only 5.2 overs of play possible.
Sri Lanka - 282 - 6 (91.5 overs) – (Dimuth Karunaratne 59, Dhananjaya de Silva 87*; Shaheen Afridi 2-58)
Pakistan – Still to bat
At the Close of Play on Day 3 - Sri Lanka are 282 for 6
Sri Lanka added just 19 runs to their overnight total of 263-6, before play was suspended, to close the day on 282 – 6 with Dhananjaya de Silva unbeaten on 87.
The match is now almost certainly going to end in a draw with only 2 days left to play. Let's all hope for some better weather for the last two days of this historic Test.
Match Comment - Salim Parvez - Wet weather dictates terms at Rawalpindi
For the second day running, the wet conditions in Rawalpindi, stole the headlines, in the first Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. With no play at all possible before lunch and only 5.2 overs delivered in the second session, overnight rain and further drizzle left the umpires to call off the game at 3.35pm on the third day.
Unless the two captains – Azhar Ali and Dimuth Karunaratne – agree to fortify one innings apiece, draw is the only outcome that comes to mind. The green tinge on Rawalpindi wicket had twisted Pakistan selectors’ hand in picking up a four-man pace attack consisting of Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi, Usman Shinwari and Naseem Shah. All named have picked up a wicket but with the weather playing havoc, it has denied them further inroads into the Sri Lanka batting.
Yasir Shah, overlooked for this particular Test, was summoned by National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore, to benefit from the consultancy of fellow wrist spinner, Mushtaq Ahmed.
The wet weather in Rawalpindi has called the shots thus far in this Test match and the stop-start Sri Lanka first innings has further advanced to 282-6 off 91.5 overs. The 28-year old Dhananjaya de Silva’s unbeaten 87 off 151 balls with 13 fours has batted on all three days and hopefully shall get a chance to complete his sixth Test hundred.
Weather permitting, Pakistan batsmen are looking forward to entertain the weekend crowd at Rawalpindi Stadium, the venue it has not achieved a Test victory, since beating West Indies by an innings and 29 runs in December 1997. The three defeats against Australia (1998), Sri Lanka (2000) and India (2004) illustrates the fact that it has not been a happy hunting ground for the home team.
Pakistan - Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali(c), Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Rizwan(wk), Usman Shinwari, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi
Sri Lanka - Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella(wk), Dilruwan Perera, Vishwa Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara
Start Time: 04:45
Toss: Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bat
Venue: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi
Officials: Michael Gough, Richard Kettleborough, Richard Illingworth, Shozab Raza, Andrew Pycroft
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