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Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Highlights: Only 18.2 overs bowled on Day 2

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka (PAK vs SL) 1st Test Highlights: One wicket fell on Day 2, with Shaheen Afridi striking again. Niroshan Dickwella was the man to go. Dhananjaya de Silva, on 72, will resume batting on Day 3, with No.8 Dilruwan Perera for company.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: December 12, 2019 4:11:07 pm
The Pakistani pace battery would look to wrap the Sri Lanka tail quickly. (Source: Twitter/TheRealPCB)

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka (PAK vs SL) 1st Test Highlights: Rain was the winner on Day 2 of the 1st Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on Thursday, with only 18.2 overs being possible. One wicket fell in the day, with Shaheen Afridi striking again. Niroshan Dickwella was the man to go. Dhananjaya de Silva, on 72, will resume batting on Day 3, with No.8 Dilruwan Perera for company.

The first session lasted for just 47 deliveries, after which rain came down to put a stop to proceedings for three hours. Dickwella was dismissed soon after the break, but rain coupled with bad light meant that not much play would be possible after that either. Sri Lanka ended Day 2 at 263/6.

Sri Lanka in Pakistan, 2 Test Series, 2019Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi 30 November 2020

Pakistan 252/2 (70.0)


Sri Lanka 308/6 dec (97.0)

Match Ended ( Day 5 - 1st Test ) Pakistan drew with Sri Lanka

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Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1st Test, Day 2:

16:04 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Play abandoned for day

And there it is. Official word that we are at and end to Day 2. Less than 20 overs were bowled today. A disappointing day for Pakistan's cricket faithful. 1 wicket fell in the day, with Shaheen striking again. Niroshan Dickwella was the man to go. Dhananjaya de Silva, on 72, will resume batting on Day 3, with No.8 Dilruwan Perera for company.

16:01 (IST)12 Dec 2019

Covers have been brought on after a drizzle makes its presence felt at the ground to follow the bad light. That could well be the end of the day's proceedings. Waiting for official word.

15:09 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Bad light stops play!

Play has once again been halted as dark clouds envelop the sky. The players have left the playing area, while the umpires are still out, chatting with each other. SL: 263/6  

14:56 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Shaheen Afridi strikes!

Shaheen Afridi gets the first wicket of the day as Babar Azam takes a sharp catch at gully to send Niroshan Dickwella back to the pavilion on 33. It was a wide delivery and the batsman should have not opted for the drive. He middles the ball, but it flies straight to the fielder, who takes a sharp catch at the end. SL: 256/6

14:45 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Sri Lanka bring up 250!

Dhananjaya de Silva tries to whip Shaheen Afridi towards the cover region but ends up getting an outside edge, which runs away to the boundary towards the third man area. With this four, Sri Lanka also edge past the 250-run-mark. SL: 255/5 

14:20 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Play resumes at Rawalpindi

The play has resumed here at Rawalpindi. The outfield is dry, the floodlights have taken full effect, it's still cloudy. The Pakistani players disperse from a huddle and there's a loud roar from the Pindi crowd. With Dhananjaya is unbeaten on 57 and Dickwella on 16, SL are 226/5. 

12:33 (IST)12 Dec 2019

With rain refusing to fade away, the umpires have decided to call for an early lunch. So far a little over seven overs have been bowled in the first session of Day 2 and the play is likely to remain halted for a significant amount of period due to poor weather forecast. 

10:59 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Rain stops play!

Groundsmen rush into the ground with covers as the drizzle gets heavy in Rawalpindi. Rainfall was predicted for the next two days and it has started impacting the match already. All the players have left for the dressing room, while the spectators are still jostling around to find a shelter. Stay tuned as action will continue as the rain stops. SL: 222/5

10:45 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Dhananjaya de Silva survives and slams fifty!

Dhananjaya de Silva has been adjudged caught behind. However, the on-field umpires are still having a discussion and they refer it upstairs. TV replay confirms that the ball bounced just before settling into Mohammad Rizwan's gloves and the decision is NOT-OUT. Dhananjaya survives and in the very next delivery, he pushes the ball to backward square leg for a double to complete his half-century. SL: 218/5 

10:26 (IST)12 Dec 2019

Mohammad Abbas will start the proceedings on Day 2 as Niroshan Dickwella gears up to face the first ball of the day. A fullish delivery swinging towards the off stick and the batsman prods across and bunts it into the leg-side. No run but postive start for both the parties. 

09:55 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Hello and Welcome!

Hello and welcome to the LIVE COVERAGE of Day 2 of the ongoing Test match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. After failing to notch a single wicket in the opening session of the first day, Pakistan bounced back in the contest by scalping five wickets and restricting the visitors to 202 at the close of play. Today the hosts would look to wrap the Lankan tail quickly and hope for a splendid show from their batsmen.

Dhananjaya de Silva and Niroshan Dickwella, on the other hand, would take the opportunity to add some substantial score on the board and help their side edge past the 300-run-mark. While Dhananjaya is twelve runs short from completing his half-century,  Dickwella is playing on 11 off 13 deliveries. Stay tuned for LIVE UPDATES!     

Playing XI

Yasir Shah has been dropped from the Playing XI as Pakistan opt for four pacers. Usman Shinwari and Abid Ali are two Pakistani players who will be making their debut.

Sri Lanka:  Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella(w), Dilruwan Perera, Vishwa Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara

Pakistan:  Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali(c), Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Rizwan(w), Usman Shinwari, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi