Rain interrupts play after 7.5 overs on day 2

2019-12-12 at 12:30

Rain halted play on the second day of the first Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka this morning, Pakistan’s first home Test in a decade after a deadly attack in 2009.

Resuming at 202-5, Sri Lanka reached 222-5 in 7.5 overs before the umpires stopped play as rain poured down heavily at the Rawalpindi Stadium.

Dhananjaya de Silva was unbeaten on 54 for his sixth half-century, while Niroshan Dickwella was 15 not out.

The brief period of play was not without incident as 16-year-old pacer Naseem Shah had de Silva caught behind by wicket keeper Mohammad Rizwan, but the third umpire Richard Illingworth ruled the ball had bounced.

Next ball, de Silva took two runs off Naseem — the pick of Pakistan’s bowlers, with 2-65 — to complete his half-century.

Yesterday teenage pacer Shah, grabbed 2-51 after Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat first.

Pakistan struggled for wickets in the first session as Sri Lanka reached 89-0 at lunch.

Shaheen Shah Afridi then trapped Sri Lankan skipper Karunaratne leg-before soon after lunch to trigger a collapse which saw the visitors lose four wickets within just 31 runs in the post lunch session.

Karunaratne hit nine boundaries in his 110-ball knock.

Naseem then had Fernando caught at slip for 40, an innings laced with six boundaries and a six.

It was his first Test wicket after he came away empty-handed from his debut in Brisbane against Australia last month.

He also had Angelo Mathews caught in the slips for 31.

Mathews added 62 runs for the fifth wicket with De Silva.