Cricket: Pakistan backs to the wall

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PAKISTAN, 1-0 up in the three- match series, face an uphill struggle to reassert their anticipated superiority over Zimbabwe when the second Test resumes in Rawalpindi today.

They are 33 ahead with seven second-innings wickets standing, and much depends upon the ability of Inzamam-ul-Haq and Javed Miandad to fend off the Zimbabwean pace trio of Eddo Brandes, David Brain and Heath Strook.

The fourth day of the inaugural Test between Sri Lanka and West Indies in Colombo yesterday was washed out after heavy overnight rain. Sri Lanka are 29 ahead with eight second-innings wickets standing.