Rain returned to ruin the 2nd dayof Test match after the promise of an exciting game in Pallekele on the first day, when the bowlers dominated and the teams finished even. It had rained before the Test and early on the second day as well. The heavy showers at intervals have ensured a complete Day 3 washout.
On the First day of the 3rd test match, Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to field. Perera (4-63) bowled brilliantly and knocked out the top order by exploiting the favorable conditions before lunch by removing Taufeeq Umar (29), Mohammad Hafeez (22) and Azhar Ali for a duck. But a half century from Asad Shafiq (75) lifted Pakistan from a risky 56-4. The fifth wicket partnership of 85 between Shafiq and captain Misbah-ul-Haq (40) had rescued Pakistan by stretching the first innings to 141-4. Perera succeeded to break the partnership as he claimed the only wicket to fall after lunch when Misbah was caught behind. Shafiq raised his half century by slashing over the slips off Dilhara Fernando before he fell to Rangana Herath (3-40).
Pakistan had to face a setback as Adnan Akmal left the field just before tea after being struck on the finger while playing a short-pitched delivery from Fernando. The wicketkeeper-batsman returned to add 14 to his total but played a reckless sweep off Herath to be bowled for 24. Adnan was taken to the hospital for X-rays and in his absence stopgap wicketkeeper Umar conceded 10 byes when Sri Lanka batted. The whole Pakistan team get dismissed at 226.
Pakistan fast bowler Junaid Khan struck twice in one over as Sri Lanka struggled to 44-3 in the host’s first inning. Khan trapped Dinesh Chandimal leg before wicket for 8 and two balls later he clean bowled leading batsman Kumar Sangakkara without scoring off a delivery that nipped back sharply. Mohammad Sami had captain Mahela Jayawardene lbw with a yorker in the last over of a first day dominated by fast bowlers on a lively wicket.
In case of weather being normal, Tharanga Paranavitana will resume the play on Tuesday with 13 at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium with Sri Lanka trailing Pakistan’s first innings by 182.
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