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

Rain ruins follow-up to exciting first day

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Lalith 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.

  • MOHAMMED 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.

  • amit 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 ....

  • Naeem 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.

  • Lalith on July 10, 2012, 3:42 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Cool 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??

  • Cool 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.

  • Cool on July 10, 2012, 0:38 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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...

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