Day 4 of Lanka-Windies Test washed out

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Published: Friday, November 26, 2010, 16:37 [IST]
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Day 4 of Lanka-Windies Test washed out

Day 4 of the second Test between the touring West Indies and the hosts Sri Lanka was called off with conditions more or less remaining wet through the morning and afternoon. The covers stayed over the pitch as a thick drizzle beat down in the morning. At around 2:50 pm, the weather appeared to be clearing and the covers came off, but the reprieve was momentary as within a few minutes, the covers were brought back on and by 3:15 pm, play was officially called off for the day.

The Test is at a stage where a draw seems inevitable with the first innings still not through. In fact, rain has been a constant dampener of spirits throughout this Test with the first session on the first day washed out by a downpour. Winning the toss, Sri Lanka began their innings in the afternoon and were in trouble at 34/3 in the 24th over with both openers Tillkaratne Dilshan and Tharagna Paranavitana losing their wickets to a fiery Kemar Roach while the No. 4 batsman Jayawardene got out to captain Darren Sammy. But Sangakkara saved the day for the Lankans by staging a recovery along with some able assistance from Thilan Samaraweera. The two remained unbeaten at stumps on Day 1, taking the score to 84/3 in 37.2 overs.

Day 2 unfolded fairly pleasantly for Sri Lanka, as Sangakkara and Samaraweera continued their steadying performance and went on to put up a huge stand of 170 runs, before Samaraweera got out to Sammy for 80 with the score at 204/4. Then Angelo Mathews put on a 69 run partnership with Sangakkara but was caught behind of Roach for 25 with the score at 273-5. Then Prasanna Jayawardene joined Sangakkara and together they batted out the last few overs of the day to take Sri Lanka to 294/5 in 90 overs.

On the morning of Day 3, Sammy returned to remove Sangakarra, but not before the Sri Lankan captain had scored his 150. The score was 325/6. What followed was a flurry of small but useful innings from the latter order before Sri Lanka declared on 387/9 in 115.2 overs. Roach was the stand-out for the Windies bowlers, picking up 5/100 in 28.2 overs.

In reply, the Windies got off to a shaky start, losing Adrian Barath with just 7 runs on the board. Chris Gayle, who was playing a swashbuckling innings was the next to depart for 30 and the score was 51/2. Shivanarine Chanderpaul who has been struggling with poor form, departed for just 8 and the Windies had slumped to 77/3 in 24 overs.

Then Darren Bravo and Brendon Nash dug in their heels and put on a gritty partnership of 83 before Nash was trapped plumb in front to Tillakaratne Dilshan. The West Indies wobbled further when just one run later, it lost Bravo for a smooth 80 and the tourists were 161/5. The new batsman - Dwayne Bravo and wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh had barely begun a partnership with bad light forced the players off the field and play for the day was soon called off.


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