Rain halts Pakistan's charge on second day at Colombo

Misbah-Ul-Haq congratulates Azhar Ali after the latter crossed the 150-run mark on the second day AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Colombo: Jul 1, 2012

Misbah-ul-Haq remained unbeaten on 29 as Pakistan continue to maul Sri Lanka bowlers, reaching 488 for four at tea on the second day of the second Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo on Sunday.

Pakistan lost two wickets in the second session of the day in form of Younis Khan and Azhar Ali.

Azhar fell after scoring 157, which came from 295 balls and only nine boundaries, while Younis fell for 32.

Earlier, in the first session, Mohammad Hafeez missed a double century by four runs and Azhar compiled an unbeaten ton as Pakistan continued to pile up runs.

Hafeez fell for 196 and Azhar was unbeaten on 121 as the tourists moved from their overnight score of 334-1 to 404-2 by lunch on the second day at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo.

Sri Lanka earned a breather when heavy rain ended the morning session 10 minutes early and threatened to further curtail the rest of the day’s play.

Pakistan, who lost the first Test in Galle by 209 runs to trail 1-0 in the three-match series, made Sri Lanka pay for their surprising decision to field first after winning the toss.

Brief Scores: Pakistan 488 for 4 (Mohammad Hafeez 196, Azhar Ali 157, Taufeeq Umar 65, Younis Khan 32; Rangana Herath 2 for 143) vs Sri Lanka

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