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Dhananjaya remained unbeaten on 72 at stumps.

Dhananjaya remained unbeaten on 72 at stumps.

Weather doesn't care for historic matches of Test cricket. It's all the same to it. As such, Day 2 of the Rawalpindi Test was marred by rain and bad light, with only 18.2 overs possible. There was ample warning of the same in various forecasts ahead of the match. And they were spot on, with inclement weather now threatening to decide the fate of this Test, what with more rain forecast for tomorrow.

In any case, the play that was possible today (December 12) was spread across two spells. The first such spell came in the first session which saw an on-time start. It began with another chilly morning and a thick cloud cover overhead, which meant that Sri Lanka had a battle on their hands. Captain Dimuth Karunaratne had set them a goal of at least 300, and the overnight pair of Dhananjaya de Silva and Niroshan Dickwella did well to wade through some disciplined bowling while making steady progress towards that goal.

There was a brief scare for de Silva when Mohammad Rizwan celebrated confidently for a caught-behind, only for the third umpire to find conclusive evidence of the ball bouncing in front. De Silva celebrated his survival by clipping the very next delivery from Naseem Shah through midwicket to raise his half-century.

That was just about all the morning session had in store as the rains came down 30 minutes into the day, leading to a delay of over three hours. It took a great deal of work from the groundstaff, who somehow worked their magic in getting the ground ready despite the prevalent cold conditions that wouldn't have made it any easier to dry the outfield.

When play resumed in the middle session, Pakistan had the second new ball in sight and they rushed through towards it with spin at both ends. Once there, they unleashed Shaheen Afridi.

De Silva and Dickwella had looked fairly composed until this point, with the focus being mostly on survival. But Afridi shook that composure. He got the new ball to talk and unsettled Dickwella in particular, almost ripping out his off stump with a ball nipping in through the gate.

Dickwella, while not exactly throwing caution to the wind, wasn't very tight in defence either, as he should've strived to be against the new ball. He drove loosely away from the body, took the aerial route, and soon paid the price, poking Afridi's away-seamer to gully where Babar Azam took a sharp, low catch.

But even as Pakistan smelt blood, they couldn't see much of it as the light wasn't good enough for the umpires to continue. The situation only worsened once the players went off, with light deteriorating further and the rain returning, snuffing out any lingering hope of play.

Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 263 for 6 (Dhananjaya de Silva 72*, Dimuth Karunaratne 59; Shaheen Afridi 2/47) vs Pakistan

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