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Draw looms in Rawalpindi as rain, bad light spoil most of third day
Day Three Report

Draw looms in Rawalpindi as rain, bad light spoil most of third day

Pakistan's first home Test in a decade was badly affected by a wet outfield due to overnight rain and cloudy skies on day three of the ongoing contest against Sri Lanka.

A total of 5.2 overs of play was witnessed after lunch before bad light caused the umpires to force suspension for the remainder of the day.

No play was possible in the morning session as the groundstaff put in the effort to dry the soggy playing area.

The lunch break then lasted one hour, arguably the brightest period in the day, following which covers started to come off and play was resumed at 1:10 pm local time.

Sri Lanka then made progress from their overnight total of 263-6 to reach 282-6 in the 32 deliveries bowled in the day.

Dhananjaya de Silva inched closer to his sixth Test ton raising his score to an unbeaten 87 at the back of two confident boundaries.

A stunning cover drive from the middle of his blade greeted Shaheen Afridi on the third ball of the day and he dispatched a length delivery from Naseem Shah to the fence with a glorious pull shot.

While de Silva stamped his authority out in the middle, he was subject to a few nervy moments including an under-edge that almost deflected the ball onto the stumps.

On the other hand, Dilruwan Perera routinely failed to negotiate the extravagant seam movement generated by Naseem and Shaheen in their short burst.

Perera was on six not out by the end of the day's play as the partnership between the two batsmen grew to 26.

Despite the damp weather conditions, a large crowd gathered in the stands with a majority of them being schoolkids.

Nevertheless, a draw is expected to mark Pakistan's long-awaited Test homecoming barring a slew of batting collapses.