Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd Test, SSC, 3rd day
Rain Rules to Hurt Chances of Result02-Jul-2012 10:27:00 GMT
Colombo: The entire post lunch session on Day 3 was washed out and the rain continued to persist, leading to an early close of play shortly after tea. Sri Lanka were 70/1, trailing by 481 runs at the Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo.
Opener Tharanga Paranavitana was snapped up at short-leg off Junaid Khan for duck before the hosts recovered to post 70/1.
The experienced duo of Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara led the revival by adding a brisk 59 for the second wicket on a pitch that continued to assist batsmen.
Dilshan was unbeaten on 46 with nine hits to the fence and Sangakkara was on 22.
Pakistan, who resumed at the overnight score of 488/4, batted for an hour before skipper Misbah-ul Haq declared the innings.
Misbah himself remained unbeaten on 66 after Asad Shafiq was run out for two and Adnan Akmal was caught in the covers to give left-arm spinner Rangana Herath his third wicket in the innings.
Pakistan, who lost the first Test in Galle by 209 runs, are hoping to level the three-match series here despite forecast of bad weather ahead.
Just 44 overs were bowled on Sunday due to heavy showers on either side of lunch, before another wet spell washed out the post-tea session.
Pakistan's innings revolved around a second-wicket stand of 287 between Mohammad Hafeez (196) and Azhar Ali (157), the highest partnership by a visiting team on Sri Lankan soil.
Pakistan 551 for 6 dec. (Hafeez 196, Ali 157, Misbah 66*, Herath 3-165)
Sri Lanka 70 for 1 (Dilshan 46*)
Status Sri Lanka trail by 481 runs