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Bad weather permits only 18.2 overs of play on day two
Day Two Report

Bad weather permits only 18.2 overs of play on day two

Inclement weather and low visibility owing to overcast conditions meant frequent stoppages in play all throughout day two of the historic Rawalpindi Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka finished second day's proceedings at 263-6 with Dhananjaya de Silva building on his overnight score of 38 not out to bring up his sixth Test half-century while Dilruwan Perera joined him in the middle shortly after the lunch break.

The morning session, played under floodlights, saw just 7.5 overs of play during which Niroshan Dickwella and de Silva steadily kept the scoreboard ticking along.

The brief period of play also witnessed wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan claim a catch off the bowling of teenage speedster Naseem Shah.

While the Pakistan team celebrated the dismissal of de Silva, third umpire Richard Illingworth ruled the ball had bounced after observing the replays.

Sri Lanka were 222-5 when a thin drizzle halted the cricket action forcing the two sides to take an early lunch.

Play finally resumed following the three-hour rain delay with part-time spinners Haris Sohail and Asad Shafiq surprisingly chosen to restart the match.

Pakistan then opted for the new ball as soon as it was available allowing left-arm paceman Shaheen Afridi to attack the batters with sharp seam movement.

Shaheen later took the wicket of Dickwella, who guided a wide-ish delivery towards gully where Babar Azam completed an impressive catch.

The very next ball, Shaheen almost had Perera as the ball drastically shaped in to the right-handed batsman but failed to make contact with either the bat or the sumps.

The same over saw Pakistan optimistically challenge a not-out verdict only for replays to show the ball had pitched outside leg-stump rendering a lost review for the hosts.

Pakistan, however, could not sustain the pressure for long as bad light stopped play and subsequently wiped out any chance of resumption when rain returned.