stump Pakistan 178 for 2 wickets (Shafiq 87*, Masood 51, Babar 28*, Asitha 2-51) lead Sri Lanka 166 runs on 12 runs
Only ten overs were possible on the second day of the second Test in Colombo, but heavy rain fell at SSC and the day’s play was ruined.
By mid-morning, the ground was completely covered – there had been heavy rain, especially on the boundary areas – as ground staff rushed to apply cover. And then it continued to rain at the venue till afternoon.
Given the heavy rain that fell on the ground before the covers came up and the time taken to remove the covers – there were pools of water – the decision was taken to stop play at around 3.15pm.
However, before the rain, Pakistan took their advantage and both Shafiq and Babar were seen playing in rhythm.
Babar was in doubt early on, especially against Prabhat Jayasuriya, who bowled 17 dot balls to start his day. But eventually, Babar started taking risks against the left-arm spinner. In Jayasuriya’s fourth over of the day, Babar leapt down the track to thrash him over the extra-cover boundary.
That six by Jayasuriya is the stroke that brought Pakistan equal to Sri Lanka’s score. After some time it rained.