Sri Lanka hold edge on Day 2

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Published: Thursday, December 2, 2010, 15:49 [IST]
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Sri Lanka hold edge on Day 2

On Day 2 of the third and deciding Test against hosts Sri Lanka, the West Indies were resuming on their overnight score of 134/2, when almost immediately the was drama. In the third over of the day, Lankan pace bowler Dilhara Fernando trapped Darren Bravo in front fro 68. Bravo decided to contest the umpire's decision to give him out, but replays showed that the ball would have crashed into leg stump. The Windies lost Bravo and a referral.

Then Brendon Nash joined Shivnarine Chanderpaul at the crease and the two pressed on to take the Windies over 150. Nash was settling in nicely, having hit
Fernando for a four each in the 46th and 48th overs and then getting Rangana Lakmal away for a boundary in the 49th over. What followed was a few quiet overs, before Nash took the side past the 200-run mark with a four off Tillakaraten Dilshan.

The Umpire Decision Review System came into play once again in the 65th over, when Chanderpaul who was batting on 38 was given out lbw. He referred the decision and replays showed he was safe, allowing him to stay on. Nash, who had overtaken Chanderpaul in runs, brought up his 50 off just 75 balls in the 69th over.

Then Chanderpaul notched up his half-century in the 73rd over after bottom-edging Herath for a four to the fine-leg boundary. But he ran out of luck five overs later when Ajantha Mendis had him caught by Mahale Jayawardene at slip for 54.

Chanderpauls watchful innings - he had faced 145 balls to them - had come to an end. The Windies suffered another blow in the very next over, when the new batsman Dwayne Bravo was stumped off Herath for a duck. The tourists were wobbling a bit at 242/5.

With Carlton Baugh and Nash out in the middle, rain set in and the players trooped off the field. This was the third occasion when inclement weather conditions had stopped play in the match so far. At 3:40 pm, play was officially called off for the day, leaving Sri Lanka and the Windies in a state of suspension.


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