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1st Test: Fourth Day Play Called Off Before Play Had Begun

RAWALPINDI: Overnight rain and poor light continued to mar Pakistan’s first home Test in a decade on Saturday, with officials decided to suspend the fourth day before play had begun.

Groundsmen wiped water from the pitch covers and rolled out a super sopper, but overcast conditions and poor light forced umpires Richard Kettleborough and Michael Gough to call off play at 12:00 local time (0700 GMT).

Sri Lanka had to resume their batting on 282-6 against the hosts but rain shattered their dream of de Silva, 87, to post a hundred.

Yesterday due to heavy rain on third day only thirty-two deliveries were bowled.

Overnight rain and a delay in removing the covers wiped out the entire first session of play – the one-hour lunch break for Friday prayers, unfortunately, falling during exactly the brightest, most cricket-conducive period of the day. The play did eventually begin at 1.10 pm but went on for only 26 minutes before the umpires deemed the light too poor for cricket to continue.

In the 5.2 overs that were bowled, Dhananjaya de Silva moved to 87, having begun the day on 72.

Dilruwan Perera was far tetchier, having been beaten repeatedly though he faced only 12 deliveries in the day. Sri Lanka, though, did not lose a wicket and inched ahead to 263 for 6.