Zeenews Sports Bureau
Colombo: It was a day dominated by Dilshan and Sangakkara who added 225 runs for the second wicket. After the double century partnership, Pakistan were back in the game as they scalped Mahela Jayawardene, Samarweera and Ranid for three ducks.
STUMPS: Sri Lanka 278/5. Kumar Sangakkara 144*.
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Day 4, Tea: Sri Lanka were 178/1 with Dilshan (85*) and Sangakkara (90*) closing in on their centuries. The post-lunch session was again marred by rain. Though play started after almost an hour, things did not change for Pakistan as their bowlers kept toiling hard without any success throughout the entire session.
Both the batsmen plundered runs at will and looked all set to score centuries.
Rain, again!: Rain again came to halt the match proceedings as no play was possible after the lunch. Though rain has stopped after half-an hour, but play could not be possible due to wet ground condition.
Day 4, Lunch: Kumar Sangakkara and Tilakaratne Dilshan scored half-centuries as Sri Lanka reached 135/1 at lunch on Day 4 of the 2nd Test.
Sangakkara was not out on an attacking 72 while Dilshan remained not out on 60 when lunch was taken.
Sangakkara’s 110-ball innings was laced with 8 fours while Dilshan hit 9 fours during his 112-ball knock.
Day 4, Start: The play on the fourth day of the second Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka finally started after getting delayed due to wet outfield.
Sri Lanka resumed their innings at 70/1. Two overnight batsmen-Dilashan and Sangakkara-started the proceedings for the Lankans.
Yesterday Pakistan`s pursuit of a series-leveling win was frustrated by rain as only 27 overs of play was possible on the third day.
On Day three, Sri Lanka had declared their first innings on an imposing 551-6 and claimed an early wicket as Sri Lanka went to lunch on 70-1. Tillakaratne Dilshan (46 not out) and Kumar Sangakkara (22 not out) were on the crease when rain halted the play. No play was possible after lunch due to rain.
Resuming day three at 488-4 after a rain-shortened second day when only 44 overs were bowled, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq scored quickly, adding 73 runs to the total in 12 overs before declaring, with the hope of beating the bad weather.
Misbah was unbeaten on 66 off 80 balls. Mohammad Hafeez top-scored in the innings with 196 while Ali scored 157. The pair added 287 runs for the second wicket.
Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath recorded the best bowling figures of 3-164 for the hosts.
First Published: Tuesday, July 03, 2012, 10:14