Sri Lanka A v Pakistan A, 2nd unofficial Test, Colombo, 2nd day August 14, 2009

Sri Lanka jolted on rain-hit day

Cricinfo staff

Sri Lanka A 155 for 6 (Thirimanne 51, Riaz 3-32) trail Pakistan A 294 for 4 (Faisal 83, Vidanapathirana 3-43) by 184 runs

The bowlers had their say on a rain-hit second day at the Premadasa Stadium as Pakistan A regained control by reducing Sri Lanka A to 155 for 6. The Sri Lankans were on top early on when they inflicted a collapse to bowl out Pakistan for 342, but their batsmen lost the plot after a sound start.

Pakistan failed to consolidate their strong overnight position of 293 for 4 when they lost their well-set pair of Faisal Iqbal and Fahad Iqbal in quick succession. Chaminda Vidanapathirana, the right-arm seamer, was the pick of the bowlers as he sent back Faisal, Sarfraz Ahmed and Fahad Masood. Like Ahmed Shehzad a day earlier, the captain Faisal too was unlucky to miss out on a century. Vidanapathirana finished with 3 for 43 in 20 overs.

The home side were on the upswing when their openers began strongly with a stand of 79. Abdur Rehman broke the stand when he sent back Malinda Warnapura caught and bowled for 37, before Mohammad Talha sent back the other opener, Lahiru Thirimanne, shortly after reaching his half-century. An incisive spell by Wahab Riaz helped Pakistan claw back as the home side lost three wickets for as many runs. There was no recovery to speak of before rain brought an early end to the proceedings.