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  • 10:30 AM IST

    We are all set to start the day’s play. Sri Lankan players are in a huddle before they take on the field. Skipper Karunaratne has a quick word of motivation for his troops. Shan Masood and Abid Ali walk out to continue their good work.

  • 10:28 AM IST

    Pakistan coach and selector, Misbah-ul-Haq is caught down for a quick chat with Danny Morrison. Misbah says they need to play well and wait and see what happens. Tells that it has been 2 days of challenging Test cricket and he is relishing it as he feels it is good to see that the pitch has something for everyone. Says that the key in Test cricket is keeping your discipline and playing on merit is the key. Further adds batsmen need to keep their calm and results will take care of itself. Credits his openers for playing out the tough period and reducing the deficit. On Shaheen, Misbah says that he has improved and leading the line up as he has bowled well in Australia and the first Test as well. Credits Abbas also for his contribution. Says he bowled well and made the ball nip around and admits they were missing that.

  • 10:01 AM IST

    Hello and welcome to the coverage of Day 3 of the 2nd Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. After having a deficit of 80, the Pakistan openers have done really well to reduce it to just 23 and still have all the 10 wickets in hand. The duo of Abid Ali and Shan Masood will look to continue that this morning as well and their first aim would be to get these 23 runs without losing a wicket. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, will look to improve with the ball. They were very poor with it last evening and need to refocus and revisit their plans. The pitch has started to break just a hint but still it has become a good pitch to bat on. A very important day awaits us in a match where everything is right under the balance. Will the host score plenty of runs and take the ascendancy in this game or will the visitors once again take the driver’s seat? Stay tuned to find out.

  • 10:01 AM IST

    … Day 3, Morning Session …

  • 6:12 PM IST

    So, 13 wickets fell on Day 1. 7 fell on Day 2. What does this mean? Is the pitch getting better to bat on? The ease with Pakistan batted in the final session, it seems so. We now move to the crucial Day 3 of this 2nd and final Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. What is in store for us on Day 3? Join us on Saturday, 21st December to find out. The play will begin at 1000 local (0500 GMT). Till then, it’s goodbye from us!

  • 6:09 PM IST

    Earlier in the day, Sri Lanka, after stuttering at 80/5 managed to post 271 on the board, taking a lead of 80 in the process. Dinesh Chandimal was the architect in chief as his 74 along with Dilruwan Perera’s 48 helped the visitors go past Pakistan’s total of 191. Shaheen Afridi was the star of the show with the ball as he scalped his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket. He was helped by Abbas as well who picked up a 4-fer.

  • 6:05 PM IST

    Solid end to the day for the hosts and they have not just managed to get through the day without losing a wicket but they have also managed to reduce the deficit to 23. Abid Ali has once again looked good and Shan has supported him well. They have managed to score at over 4 rpo and this match looks evenly poised. Sri Lanka will be disappointed with their efforts with the ball as they would have liked to have at least one wicket before the end of day’s play.

  • 6:02 PM IST

    Light meter is out again. And it is not good enough to continue playing, says the umpire. And the players are walking off. So, a solid unbeaten opening stand for Pakistan and that will be STUMPS ON DAY 2.

  • 6:02 PM IST

    13.6 Lasith Embuldeniya to Abid Ali, 1 run, Short delivery outside off, Abid makes room and cuts it through point. The batsmen take a single.

  • 6:01 PM IST

    13.5 Lasith Embuldeniya to Abid Ali, no run, Loopy delivery on off, Abid keeps it out.

  • 6:01 PM IST

    13.4 Lasith Embuldeniya to Abid Ali, no run, Flighted delivery on middle, Abid defends it off the back foot.

  • 6:00 PM IST

    13.3 Lasith Embuldeniya to Abid Ali, no run, Outside off, Ali shoulders arms to this one.

  • 6:00 PM IST

    13.2 Lasith Embuldeniya to Shan Masood, 1 run, Tossed up delivery on off, Masood punches it through point for a run.

  • 5:59 PM IST

    13.1 Lasith Embuldeniya to Abid Ali, 1 run, Short delivery on off, Abid makes room and cuts it through point for a single.

  • 5:58 PM IST

    12.6 Lahiru Kumara to Shan Masood, no run, In the channel outside off, it is left alone.

  • 5:57 PM IST

    12.5 Lahiru Kumara to Shan Masood, no run, Beaten! Ripper this one. It pitches around off on a good length and goes straight past the outside edge of Shan’s defensive poke.

  • 5:56 PM IST

    12.4 Lahiru Kumara to Shan Masood, no run, Good length ball outside off, Shan taps it towards point and makes a loud call of no for the single.

  • 5:55 PM IST

    12.3 Lahiru Kumara to Abid Ali, 1 run, On a length on middle, Ali flicks it towards mid on for a single.

  • 5:55 PM IST

    12.2 Lahiru Kumara to Abid Ali, FOUR, FOUR! Excellent shot. Length delivery outside off, Ali punches it through covers for a boundary.

  • 5:54 PM IST

    12.1 Lahiru Kumara to Abid Ali, no run, On a good length and outside off, Abid shoulders arms to this one.

  • 5:54 PM IST

    Lahiru Kumara is back. Just a solitary over for Dilruwan Perera.

  • 5:53 PM IST

    The light meter is out and after checking the umpire is happy for the game to continue.

  • 5:52 PM IST

    11.6 Lasith Embuldeniya to Abid Ali, 1 run, Loopy delivery on middle, Ali flicks it towards fine leg for a single.

  • 5:51 PM IST

    11.5 Lasith Embuldeniya to Abid Ali, no run, Full delivery on middle, Abid drives it straight where the ball hits Shan Masood’s bat and goes towards mid off.

  • 5:51 PM IST

    11.4 Lasith Embuldeniya to Shan Masood, 1 run, Tossed up delivery on middle, Masood flicks it towards mid-wicket. The batsmen take a run.

  • 5:50 PM IST

    11.3 Lasith Embuldeniya to Shan Masood, no run, Floated delivery on off, Masood defends it out.

  • 5:49 PM IST

    11.2 Lasith Embuldeniya to Shan Masood, FOUR, FOUR! Good shot. Flighted delivery on off, Masood punches it through point for a boundary.

  • 5:49 PM IST

    11.1 Lasith Embuldeniya to Abid Ali, 1 run, Short delivery and outside off, Abid cuts it through point for a single.

  • 5:47 PM IST

    10.6 Dilruwan Perera to Shan Masood, no run, On off, Masood defends it off the back foot.

  • 5:47 PM IST

    10.5 Dilruwan Perera to Abid Ali, 1 run, Loopy delivery on middle, Abid flicks it through mid-wicket for a run.

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