Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Pallekele, 2nd day July 9, 2012

Rain ruins follow-up to exciting first day

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Sri Lanka 44 for 3 (Junaid 2-15) trail Pakistan 226 (Shafiq 75, Misbah 40, Perera 4-63) by 182 runs
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Rain returned to haunt this Test series after the promise of an exciting game in Pallekele on the first day, when the bowlers dominated and the teams finished even. But the threat of poor weather would always remain at the venue. It had rained before the Test and early on the second day as well. A short sunny spell an hour before the start gave hope that was crushed when the showers returned, grew heavy and ensured a washout.

The rain took a break off and on, but each downpour did significant damage. The umpires had a look at the conditions at 2pm, and then again, following some more rain, at 3.05pm. After a discussion with the curators, the day's play was abandoned five minutes later.

The events gave respite to Sri Lanka, with the momentum being against them after they were reduced to 44 for 3 by a menacing spell of fast bowling led by Junaid Khan. Pakistan were bowled out for 226, but their bowlers had fought back and, in conditions favouring swing and movement, would have backed themselves to do more damage on the second day. With rain also forecast for the coming days, Pakistan's chances of levelling the series only become more difficult.

The third day's play has been scheduled for a 9.45am start, 15 minutes earlier than usual.

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  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | July 10, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    @KURUWITA U said SL cannot score more than 150. They have already passed it with only 3 down.

  • POSTED BY Resultpredictor on | July 10, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    In front of Perera, Pak bowling is looking ordinary, this match will end in draw or win for SL but Pak cannot win.

  • POSTED BY superstar100 on | July 10, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    still i am with sri lanka if they score around 250 which looks easy now they can bowl out pak within 150 as we all know the strength of pak batting line up and can easily chase 130 runs ....

  • POSTED BY puma75 on | July 10, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    in my opinion, its a management absurdity to hold such an important cricket series during the rainy season in a tropical country. I suggest for future to use the good brains in ICC and other cricketing bodies to avoid such and many other embarrassing situation. How can you judge the authority of cricket of any nation whereby you are not given a change to square things up due to natural phenomenon like rain, as SL would emerge as winners even in vulnerable position in the last 2 tests after winning first one.

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | July 10, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    PAK will win as SL will collapse in the 4th innings.

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    there r lots of concerns about temperature in UAE for Pak V Aus but y not about Srilanka. what d use of series being played in rainy season in Srilanka which can produce no results. Most of cricket authorities should have known weather condition in Srilanka this time nd most of them should have known these things to happen.. It is better to series go ahead in UAE rather than in Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on | July 10, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    @Syed_imran_abbas : Keep looking for excuses. There have been many many test and one day series before this. Pakistan is no.6 in ODIs and no.5 in test matches. What are your excuses now??

  • POSTED BY just_chill_chill on | July 10, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    Probably not a bad thing for Pakistan. Pakistan have been exposed very badly in recent games with regard to their batting, bowling, and most importantly their temperament. Saved themselves from another embarrassment, I would say.

  • POSTED BY coolitbaby on | July 10, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    Pakistan got saved. Otherwise another thrashing was in the offing for this average team.

  • POSTED BY on | July 9, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    Bad luck Pakistan first with the umpiring decisions and now with rain all the hopes of leveling the series are washed out... But still one good thing that because Misbah didn't played the first test so Misbah's consistency of not loosing the test series continues...

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | July 10, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    @KURUWITA U said SL cannot score more than 150. They have already passed it with only 3 down.

  • POSTED BY Resultpredictor on | July 10, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    In front of Perera, Pak bowling is looking ordinary, this match will end in draw or win for SL but Pak cannot win.

  • POSTED BY superstar100 on | July 10, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    still i am with sri lanka if they score around 250 which looks easy now they can bowl out pak within 150 as we all know the strength of pak batting line up and can easily chase 130 runs ....

  • POSTED BY puma75 on | July 10, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    in my opinion, its a management absurdity to hold such an important cricket series during the rainy season in a tropical country. I suggest for future to use the good brains in ICC and other cricketing bodies to avoid such and many other embarrassing situation. How can you judge the authority of cricket of any nation whereby you are not given a change to square things up due to natural phenomenon like rain, as SL would emerge as winners even in vulnerable position in the last 2 tests after winning first one.

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | July 10, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    PAK will win as SL will collapse in the 4th innings.

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    there r lots of concerns about temperature in UAE for Pak V Aus but y not about Srilanka. what d use of series being played in rainy season in Srilanka which can produce no results. Most of cricket authorities should have known weather condition in Srilanka this time nd most of them should have known these things to happen.. It is better to series go ahead in UAE rather than in Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on | July 10, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    @Syed_imran_abbas : Keep looking for excuses. There have been many many test and one day series before this. Pakistan is no.6 in ODIs and no.5 in test matches. What are your excuses now??

  • POSTED BY just_chill_chill on | July 10, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    Probably not a bad thing for Pakistan. Pakistan have been exposed very badly in recent games with regard to their batting, bowling, and most importantly their temperament. Saved themselves from another embarrassment, I would say.

  • POSTED BY coolitbaby on | July 10, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    Pakistan got saved. Otherwise another thrashing was in the offing for this average team.

  • POSTED BY on | July 9, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    Bad luck Pakistan first with the umpiring decisions and now with rain all the hopes of leveling the series are washed out... But still one good thing that because Misbah didn't played the first test so Misbah's consistency of not loosing the test series continues...

  • POSTED BY kitten on | July 9, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    'Saddam Rasool..Weather Forecast for Wednesday and Thursday is good but it will be very difficult to get a result in only 180 overs.'

    I think you forgot that there is also Tuesday......today is Monday, which was washed out......that means that there are still 270 overs.....more than enough to get a result, considering that 13 wickets fell on the first day!!

  • POSTED BY da_man_ on | July 9, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    The two over-riding reasons for Pakistan's likely loss in this series: poor umpiring and rain. How disappointing.

  • POSTED BY SL_4EVER on | July 9, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    Sorry my dear pakistan fans...it's 11.30 p.m and still raining hard down here at Kandy-Pallekele. So there won't be any play even tommorow. Better luck next time.

  • POSTED BY Tusker17 on | July 9, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    I'm a Die-Hard SL fan and I really wanted this test to continue un-interupted because the SL top/middle order was never tested fully during this series and in all honesty, judging by what I saw during the previous test matches it looks like 02-03 days may well be enough to obtain a result in Pakistan's favour!

    Our batting and team composition with regards to that aspect aint clicking and its on show for all to see!

    TP has to go. LT might be a better bet to partner TD Just like in ODI's DC should bat inbetween KS and MJ And for heavens sake get rid of DF and truly develop some genuine seamers Tisara P is good but he aint no genuine seamer ! Bhanukam Kulasekara, Sachithra, Silva .... just to name a few : These guys are our future, get them in and get them in NOW !

  • POSTED BY Resultpredictor on | July 9, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    Bad luck for Pak and congrats SL for series victory, first since Murali's retirement.

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | July 9, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    This pitch was an ideal wicket for test match. This should set an example for all the curators in Asia

  • POSTED BY musa441 on | July 9, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    @yogesh chothani u are wrong dude only pakistan is in loss becoz srilanka already lead 1-0 int he series rain draws this test then srilanka win not pakistan . here pakistan is very unlucky if rains darws this test as well this test is promising to be a good one of pakistan but rain doesnt want it to be i think!!

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | July 9, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    Very disappointing series. pakistan is helplessly losing series becuase of weather and umpiring.

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | July 9, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Ha!! Rain saves lanka from suffering an embarassing collapse on their own backyard for a change!! Remember in the last 12months they have been collapsing for scores below 100, 82 against england, 43 against south africa!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 9, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Weather Forecast for Wednesday and Thursday is good but it will be very difficult to get a result in only 180 overs. Another 45-50 overs are needed from tomorrow too to a result

  • POSTED BY on | July 9, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    what about adnan akam injury????????????????????

  • POSTED BY KosalaDeSilva on | July 9, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    They built a great new stadium in Dambulla and hardly used it.. Thats in dry part of the country and no one can understand what they really want, Wasting money.

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | July 9, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Misbah did not Captain the first Test. If third Test is a draw then Pakistan loses the series but Misbah's record of not losing a Test series stays intact. Any how, I am certain we will have a result at the most by day 4.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | July 9, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    @Salman Zahidi dont say that. We have had lot of home matches in July and August in the past many years. We hosted Australia last year and only one test was rain affected. We hosted India in 2010 August and no rain at all in the tests. In 2009 when Pakistan and NZ visited here no rain in the tests. Yes today was wet but not all days.

  • POSTED BY AshanRox on | July 9, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    Well its still raining here in Kandy, I don't think there will be a match tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY voyager on | July 9, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    I second @mainul079080 's opinion.

  • POSTED BY mainul079080 on | July 9, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    Luck is against Pak in this test series.i m afraid,if Pak dont win this third test and loose the series then impatient PCB and pakistanies will roar-remove Misbah.Ridiculous.It was a bad decision to remove him from t20 2 months ago the world cup. He is the best option in all 3 format now.

  • POSTED BY on | July 9, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    SO BAD FOR BOTH TEAMS BECAUSE ONE WANT TO LEVEL SERIES & OTHER ONE WANT TO WIN SERIES.

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | July 9, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    For Pakistan to settle this test they need two and a half days, not more than that. Would have made a thumping win if it wasn't for rain though but nevertheless Pak should still win in my honest opinion!

  • POSTED BY s.a.91 on | July 9, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    Pakistan's unluckiest tour in a long time. Can't decide if I should hope for a win in this match or not.

  • POSTED BY on | July 9, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    all are against pak. rain plus umpires , what one can do in these conditions, unfourtunate pak, ...

  • POSTED BY EnglishCricket on | July 9, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    One of the most boring series there has been in a long while.

  • POSTED BY on | July 9, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Very bad tour scheduling by Sri Lankan board. July- August are monsoon months in South Asia, in particular SL ..there shouldn't be any cricket at this time of the yr in SL at all. Pakistan has been very un lucky in this tour. Horrendous umpiring decision against them in the first test, rain in the second and apparently even third test will be washed out by the rain when Pak is clearly at the top. Rain has been predicated thru out the week.

  • POSTED BY shark77 on | July 9, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    some says para should remove and insert dinesh..this clearly shows wts test cricket and how important is technique..opening is not a easy thing ..some journalists who dont even know how to handle a bat but comment on team selections...and some other commentators(managers)trying to put there own players,but reality is noyhing is easy as u saying to the mike or writing in papers.

  • POSTED BY siri12345 on | July 9, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    an excellent day of cricket from srilanka's point of view.we r not minding this rain at all.and to all pak fans who thinks that sl r being lucky both with rain and umpiring must remember this famous quote from some greats-the harder u work,the luckier u get.so srilanka might have work harder than pak in this series.so that they r getting luckier than pak.i am sure if pak players would have practised day and night they would have also got umpiring favours from umpires.so all in all the better team is winning.matches.

  • POSTED BY on | July 9, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    This is really bad news for Pakistan because they really need to win this Test to make the series a draw. But by the looks of the weather, I don't think this Test Match is going in any man's land.

  • POSTED BY on | July 9, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Hard....LUCK.................... PakistaN

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  • POSTED BY on | July 9, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Hard....LUCK.................... PakistaN

  • POSTED BY on | July 9, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    This is really bad news for Pakistan because they really need to win this Test to make the series a draw. But by the looks of the weather, I don't think this Test Match is going in any man's land.

  • POSTED BY siri12345 on | July 9, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    an excellent day of cricket from srilanka's point of view.we r not minding this rain at all.and to all pak fans who thinks that sl r being lucky both with rain and umpiring must remember this famous quote from some greats-the harder u work,the luckier u get.so srilanka might have work harder than pak in this series.so that they r getting luckier than pak.i am sure if pak players would have practised day and night they would have also got umpiring favours from umpires.so all in all the better team is winning.matches.

  • POSTED BY shark77 on | July 9, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    some says para should remove and insert dinesh..this clearly shows wts test cricket and how important is technique..opening is not a easy thing ..some journalists who dont even know how to handle a bat but comment on team selections...and some other commentators(managers)trying to put there own players,but reality is noyhing is easy as u saying to the mike or writing in papers.

  • POSTED BY on | July 9, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Very bad tour scheduling by Sri Lankan board. July- August are monsoon months in South Asia, in particular SL ..there shouldn't be any cricket at this time of the yr in SL at all. Pakistan has been very un lucky in this tour. Horrendous umpiring decision against them in the first test, rain in the second and apparently even third test will be washed out by the rain when Pak is clearly at the top. Rain has been predicated thru out the week.

  • POSTED BY EnglishCricket on | July 9, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    One of the most boring series there has been in a long while.

  • POSTED BY on | July 9, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    all are against pak. rain plus umpires , what one can do in these conditions, unfourtunate pak, ...

  • POSTED BY s.a.91 on | July 9, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    Pakistan's unluckiest tour in a long time. Can't decide if I should hope for a win in this match or not.

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | July 9, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    For Pakistan to settle this test they need two and a half days, not more than that. Would have made a thumping win if it wasn't for rain though but nevertheless Pak should still win in my honest opinion!

  • POSTED BY on | July 9, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    SO BAD FOR BOTH TEAMS BECAUSE ONE WANT TO LEVEL SERIES & OTHER ONE WANT TO WIN SERIES.