Overnight rain and poor light continued to dominate once again as the officials called off the fourth day’s play in Rawalpindi without a single ball being bowled.
Groundsmen wiped water from the pitch covers and used a super sopper following heavy overnight showers but overcast conditions and poor light forced on-field umpires Richard Kettleborough and Michael Gough to call off play at 12:00 local time.
Sri Lanka had won the toss and opted to bat first in a historical game for the hosts, but play was called off after 68.1 overs due to poor light. Only 18.2 overs were bowled on second day and 5.2 on third day’s play.
Sri Lanka six down for 282 in their first innings with Dhananjaya de Silva being the stand out batsman on 87*.
Pakistan, who surprisingly left out their ace leg-spinner Yasir Shah for this Test, were left clueless on the opening session of the first day but made a strong comeback later on.
The young duo of Naseem Shah (2-83) and Shaheen Shah Afridi (2-58) looked the most threatening on a pitch which offered some lateral movement.
There is a clear forecast for the final day of this Test match but with so many overs already lost, the match is expected to be ended in a draw. However, there could be a chance of having a result if both captains draw some inspiration from what happened in Centurion in early 2000's and forfeit innings (minus the fixing part), one of the sides could get the all-important 60 points in the World Test Championship.
The second Test will be played in National Stadium Karachi starting December 19.