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Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 1st Test, Day 3 at Galle: Rain plays spoilsport to proceedings

Kumar Sangakkara celebrating his hundred with Mahela Jayawardena © Getty Images
Kumar Sangakkara celebrating his hundred with Mahela Jayawardena © Getty Images (File Photo)

Aug 8, 2014

Rain has stopped play of the 1st Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan for the third time in the third day. It’s pouring down in Galle, and there is very little chance of play. The extended tea has been taken. Though its very little chance of play anymore on Friday as the sky is looking gloomy.

Meanwhile Kumar Sangakkara’s good form continues as he reached his 37th century in Test match cricket. Now he has the record of most hundreds against Pakistan (10). In terms of Test hundreds he has gone past Dravid and foruth on all time list. Only Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting and Jacques Kallis above him. Sangakkara celebrated this moment with his best mate Mahle Jayawardene.

Earlier rain has stopped the proceedings at Galle for the second time after lunch. Already 35 minutes of play has been lost due to rain A sharp shower has descended after Lunch and the ground was under cover.

Kaushal Silva’s fall was the only success for Pakistan on the third morning as Kumar Sangakkara was rock solid at the crease. Jayawardene and Sangakkara made another 100 run partnership among them. At lunch on Day 3 of first Test against Pakistan at Galle, Sri Lanka is in a comfortable position. They reached 174 for the loss of two wickets.

Sri Lanka started the morning session carefully. Both the overnight batsmen reached their half centuries. Kaushal Silva who opened the innings reached his half century first. Sangakkara reached his half century in the 45th over. After playing 123 balls he reached this milestone. After the wicket of Kaushal Silva Jayawardene came to the crease with a massive reception by the crowd and the Pakistani players and started batting aggressively against the Pakistani spinners, specially Ajmal. Though Jayawardene, in his second last Test gets a big reprieve. He was declared leg before wicket by the on field umpire Ian Gauld, but when he challenged this decision, it was overturned by the third umpire. But after that both Sangakkara and Jayawardene played risk free cricket and put Sri Lanka in the driver’s seat.

Brief scores:

Pakistan 451 (Younis Khan 177, Asad Shafiq 75, Sarfraz Ahmed 55; Dilruwan Perera 5 for 137 Rangana Herath 3 for 116) lead Sri Lanka 252 for 2 (Kaushal Silva 64, Kumar Sangakkara 102*, Mahela Jayawardene 55*; Mohammad Talha 1 for 45 ) by 199 runs.

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