Pakistan decides to bowl first against Sri-Lanka

GALLE: Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and decided to bowl first on day two of the opening Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Galle on Thursday.


Play was scheduled to start 15 minutes early today, but bad weather continued to intervene. Heavy showers washed out the opening day’s play without a ball being bowled or a coined toss on Wednesday.

The umpires had abandoned play at 2:00pm (local time) after incessant rain showed no signs of abating and the large covers at the Galle International Stadium became waterlogged.

Rain has been forecast over this southern coastal town on all five days.

A major shuffle in the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings is likely as Pakistan and Sri Lanka go head-to-head in a three-Test series.

If Pakistan win all the three Tests, it would vault into third place on 105 points, while a 2-1 win would also see Misbah-ul-Haq’s side move into third place on 101 points.

Sri Lanka can also gain as many as eight points and move into third position on 104 points if it sweeps the series. Angelo Mathews’ side will rise to third on 100 points if it wins 2-1.

Sri Lanka have defeated Pakistan in their last three Tests at Galle, including a seven-wicket win last August, with the visitors solitary victory in four encounters coming in June 2000.

After Tests, Sri Lanka and Pakistan are scheduled to play five one-day and two Twenty20 internationals.