A wet outfield delays play on day 4

2019-12-14 at 12:05

Rain for the third consecutive day has delayed the resumption of day four of the first test in Pakistan in 10 years.

Overnight rain left plenty of water on the covers at the Pindi Cricket Stadium and the outfield is also soggy.

The ground staff is busy in clearing water off the covers, but its still quite heavily overcast and the possibility of play before lunch today looks unlikely.

Sri Lanka, which last played a test in Pakistan in 2009, is 282-6 in its first innings with Dhananjaya de Silva unbeaten on 87 and Dilruwan Perera not out on 6.

So far only 91.5 overs of play has been possible in the first test of the two-match series which is part of ICC’s World Test Championship.

The wet weather in the northern city of Pakistan has badly affected the revival of test cricket in Pakistan for over a decade.

Rawalpindi last hosted a test match in 2004 when India beat Pakistan by an innings margin.

Sri Lanka was the last team to play a test match in Pakistan, when terrorists attacked the touring team’s bus in Lahore in March 2009.

The ambush killed eight people and left several Sri Lankan players and officials injured.

In the interim, Pakistan has played its home test matches on neutral territory, mostly in the United Arab Emirates.