Rainy weather detains fourth day of Pakistan, Sri Lanka Test

Rainy weather detains fourth day of Pakistan, Sri Lanka Test

Rainy weather detains fourth day of Pakistan, Sri Lanka Test
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Ground staff continue to remove rain water from the pitch during the fourth day of the first Test match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi here on Saturday.

Groundsmen were busy wiping water from the pitch covers before the day’s scheduled start at 9:45am local time.

Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat on the first day, but play was called off after 68.1 overs due to bad light.

Only 18.2 overs were possible on day two and 5.2 on the third.

Only 27 minutes of play was possible before the players walked off with umpires calling off play, after only 91 overs of play in three days.

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Prospects are bleak as rain is forecast on Saturday afternoon, but Sunday is expected to be clear.

Sri Lanka were 282-6 in their first innings with Dhananjaya de Silva unbeaten on 87 and Dilruwan Perera not out on six.

For Pakistan, 16-year-old pacer Naseem Shah (2-83) and Shaheen Shah Afridi (2-58) were the stand-out bowlers.

The second Test is in Karachi from December 19.

Yesterday, Two days of the first Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka are done and dusted. However, the start of day three will be long delayed.

The ground is entirely covered right now and there is a lot of water on the covers.

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The groundsmen had tried hard to remove the water off the covers.

68.1 overs were bowled on Day 1 and just 18.2 on Day 2. While it is still cloudy and there was no rain around at the moment.

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