Rain delays day two of Sri Lanka-Pakistan Test

Pakistan’s Shaheen Afridi (L) and Mohammad Rizwan walk back to the pavilion at the end of Sri Lanka first innings during the first day of play. Photo: AFP

Rain and a wet outfield delayed the start of the second day of the opening Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Galle on Sunday.

Pakistan ended day one on 24 for two after their fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi had claimed four wickets as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 222.

The delay was expected to be short with ground staff taking the covers off after sunshine emerged in the port city.

Azhar Ali, on three, and skipper Babar Azam, on one, were batting at close of play after Sri Lanka fast bowler Kasun Rajitha and left-arm spinner Prabath Jayasuriya removed the openers.

Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne won the toss and chose to bat at the start of the two-match series.

Dinesh Chandimal made 76 and number 10 Maheesh Theekshana hit 38 to add 89 runs for the final two wickets before the Sri Lanka innings folded in the final session on Saturday.

Left-arm fast bowler Shaheen returned figures of 4-58 while fellow pace bowler Hasan Ali and leg-spinner Yasir Shah took two wickets each.


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