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Barely a session of play was possible on a rain ruined third day of the second cricket test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Colombo. Resuming from their overnight score of 488-4, Pakistan ignored the weather warnings for the rest of the day and opted to bat on in pursuit of some more runs, instead of being satisfied with what they already had on the board. In fairness to the visitors, they scored at a brisk pace with skipper Misbah-ul-Haq leading the way with an entertaining 66 to power his team past 550.
Pakistan finally declared midway through the session at 551-6, with Asad Shafiq (2) and Adnan Akmal (5) the two batsmen to fall this morning, the former run out by Tillakaratne Dilshan while the latter caught in the covers by the same fielder off Herath. Misbah scored his runs off just 80 balls, while left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman chipped in with an unbeaten 18 from 13 balls.
Sri Lanka had 15 overs to survive in the opening session, and while the Pakistani speedsters worked up some good pace, they were rewarded just the once with Junaid Khan removing Tharanga Paranavitana early for naught in just the fourth over.
Dilshan, who appeared to be having one of those days, scored a quickfire 46 from 54 balls, a knock etched with 9 hits to the fence. His partner Kumar Sangakkara was just as fluent, making 22 from 24 balls to take Sri Lanka to 70-1 at the close of the session.
Sadly, that also maked the close of play for the day as persistent rain prevented any further action. With the weather expected to continue to play havoc over the next couple of days, a result seems extremely unlikely, especially if we have more days like today.
Sri Lanka: T Dilshan, T Paranavitana, K Sangakkara, M Jayawardene (c), T Samaraweera, A Mathews, P Jayawardene (wk), N Kulasekara, N Pradeep, R Herath, S Randiv
Pakistan: T Umar, M Hafeez, Y Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (c), A Ali, A Shafiq, A Akmal (wk), A Rehman, S Ajmal, A Cheema, J Khan
Pakistan 1st Innings 551/6 declared (147 overs, 3.74 rpo)
M Hafeez 196(331) R Herath 2-164
A Ali 157(295) A Mathews 1-55
Sri Lanka 1st Innings 70/1 (15 overs, 4.66 rpo)
T Dilshan 46* (54) J Khan 1-22
K Sangakkara 22 (24)
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