The second Test match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Colombo faced a frustrating day as rain played spoilsport, washing out the entire day’s play after just 43 minutes of action. The match officials had to call for lunch, tea, and eventually stumps with the ground fully covered due to heavy downpour.
However, amidst the rain delay, Pakistan’s Hasan Ali decided to bring some cheer to the situation. He took advantage of the wet outfield and made the most of the rain by running and sliding over the covers at the Sinhalese Sports Club. His teammates cheered him on as he enjoyed himself in the rain.
The Pakistan Cricket Board shared a video of Hasan Ali’s playful antics on their official social media handle, captioning it, “Making the most of the rain delay in Colombo, with @RealHa55an leading the charge.”
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) July 25, 2023
Before the rain intervened, Pakistan had made steady progress in their innings. Abdullah Shafique and skipper Babar Azam put on an impressive stand, guiding the team to a 12-run lead. At the time of the interruption, Pakistan was 178-2, with Shafique batting on 87 and Azam on 28.
The duo adopted an aggressive approach against the Sri Lankan bowlers, hitting boundaries after a few maiden overs to build a substantial lead in response to Sri Lanka’s first-inning total of 166. Shafique’s innings included eight fours and two sixes in his 131-ball stay, while Azam showcased his prowess with a six and two fours in the 10 overs after play resumed.
Despite the rain disruption, Pakistan will be looking to maintain their aggressive approach on day three to clinch the Test series against Sri Lanka. However, the weather forecast predicts more rain, adding an element of uncertainty to the match.