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                     Pakistan frustrated by rain – no play after lunch

Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara added 59 runs in 52 minutes to lift Sri Lanka to 70 for the loss of one wicket by lunch after which no play was possible on the third day of the second cricket test against Pakistan played at SSC grounds on Monday. A heavy shower, during lunch time, kept the players confined to their respective dressing rooms until the two umpires and match referee decided to resume the game at 3.40. However another heavy downpour at 3.20 p.m. , forced the match authorities to call off play for the day without a ball being bowled after lunch. Earlier in the day, Pakistan declared at 551 for six in their first innings, challenging Sri Lanka to make 352 to avert the follow on.Dilshan hit nine boundaries in his unbeaten 46 and some of them streaky ones kept his teammates in the dressing room biting their nails. Kumar Sangakkara was his usual self scoring 22 not out off 24 balls.Pakistan resuming at their overnight total of 488 for 4, added a further 63 runs in 52 minutes on the third morning to put Sri Lanka more under pressure. Misbah-ul-Haq guided his men to the target with a superb unbeaten 66 off 80 balls with five boundaries. Action began from the second over of the day when a lightning throw from Dilshan at square leg, crashed into the stumps to signal the end of Asad Shafiq innings for two runs. Misbah pushed the ball towards Dilshan and set off for a single but Shafiq was late by a fraction of a second.Adnan Akmal couldn't do much when he drove the ball straight to Dilshan at extra cover to give Rangana Herath his third wicket of the innings. Abdur Rehman who slammed 18 in 18 minutes, including two massive sixes took his team past the 550-run mark enabling his skipper to apply the closure to the innings.
 
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