Lahore: Sri Lanka was frustrated in its bid to win the Asian Test championship final against Pakistan as intermittent rain marred play on the fourth day on Saturday.
Pakistan progressed to 218 for five in the two short sessions of 51 minutes before rain forced the umpires to call for early tea and play looked likely to end early as rain clouds continue to threaten the stadium. In all 243 minutes of play was lost until tea. Inzamam-ul Haq was batting on 54 and Shoaib Malik was on 11. Pakistan needs another 76 to avoid an innings defeat. "You can't do anything when it rains but we hope it gets clear so that we can force a win," Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya said. Only 4.5 overs were bowled as Pakistan resuming at 193 for five progressed to 204 for five when rain forced the umpires to call an early lunch. Umpires Daryl Harper of Australia and Pakistan's Athar Zaidi carried out two inspections of the ground but drizzle continued to halt the action. Sri Lanka spoiled a good chance to grab Pakistan's sixth wicket when Mahela Jayawardene spilled a straight forward edge from Malik off Muthiah Muralitharan. Haq reached his 31st half century when he drove Muralitharan to the cover boundary. He reached the mark in 187 minutes with three fours.