PCB Backs Misbah despite failure in PSL 202023 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Islamabad crashed out without reaching the knockout stages for the 1st time.
Heavy rain and bad light hit the second day of the historic Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Rawalpindi, Pakistan’s first home Test since a deadly attack in 2009. Sri Lanka, resuming at 220-5, had progressed to 225-5 in 7.5 overs when heavy rain in the morning forced the teams to have early lunch. The play was stopped for three hours. When the match resumed only 10 overs were possible to play before bad light accompanied by rain forced an early call-off at 3:30 pm. At close, Sri Lanka were 263-6 with Dhananjaya de Silva unbeaten on 72 and Dilruwan Perera not out on 2. When play resumed after lunch Pakistan took the second new ball and with it, lanky pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi removed Dickwella, caught at gully by Babar Azam. Dickwella, who hit four boundaries, added 67 for the sixth wicket with de Silva, thwarting Pakistan's attempts for early wickets.
The Test is the first in Pakistan since a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus killed eight people in March 2009, leading to the suspension of international cricket in the country as foreign teams refused to visit over security fears. Cricket lovers from Pakistan had a long-awaited return for a home series. The 17,000-seat Pindi Cricket Stadium was heavily guarded by police and army personnel on Day 1 and 2 of the match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. With improved security, Pakistan hosted Zimbabwe, a World XI, West Indies, and Sri Lanka in the last four years, but only for limited over matches. Sri Lanka only agreed to tour after completing a limited over tour (three one-day internationals and as many Twenty20s) in September-October this year under tight security arrangements.
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