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Sri Lanka vs Pakistan1st Test, Day 3 at Galle: Rain delays start of play

Rain delay won't help the Sri Lankan progress © Getty Images (Generic Representation)
Rain delay won’t help the Sri Lankan progress © Getty Images (Generic Representation)

Aug 8, 2014

Rain has stopped the proceedings of the first Test match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan 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. Bad news for the crowd, who has came to the ground to watch Sri Lanka bat. This break will not help the Sri Lankan progress. Though this time it is just a light rain. But still the groundsmen are not taking any chance. They covered the pitch. This break wont help the progress of the home team. Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara is at the crease.

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.

Jayawardene in his second last Test gets a big reprieve. After the wicket of Kaushal Silva he came to the crease with a massive reception by the crowd and the Pakistani players and started batting aggressively.  He has been given leg before wicket in the bowling of Junaid Khan. In the 53rd over Junaid Khan was bowling to him. It was a length ball on the middle and off line and Mahela made an error of judgement and didn’t play a shot to that and he was stuck on the back foot! Pakistani players appealed, he was given out by the on field umpire Ian Gould.

Mahela moves about a bit and consult to Sangakkara before asking for a review. but there is the lifeline. The ball tracker shows that it was missing off. Finally the decision was over turned by the third umpire. After that review incident the both Sangakkara and Jayawardene batted bit carefully till lunch. It was a session owned by Sri Lanka.

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