Rain keeps Windies in 1st innings on Day 4!

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Published: Saturday, December 4, 2010, 17:15 [IST]
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Rain keeps Windies in 1st ings on Day 4!

Day 4 of the third and deciding Test between Sri Lanka and the West Indies unfolded under thick cloud cover. Windies batsmen Carlton Baugh and Brendon Nash resumed batting from their 2-day score of 242/5. In just the second over of the day, Sri Lanka got a breakthrough. Rangana Herath had Brendon Nash caught behind for 67 and the Windies were wobbling at 252/6. Then just two balls later, Baugh's brief stand came to an end when he was out to the same bowler for 2. Lanka had opened up the Windies tail at 253/7.

New batsman Suleiman Benn decided it was time to counterattack and hit a six each in the 87th and 88th overs. But captain Darren Sammy who was more cautious, was lbw to Herath for 8 in the 91st over and the Windies were looking at the bottom of the barrel at 273/8.

But defying expectation and the odds, Kemar Roach put on a decent stand with Benn to take the Windies over 300 when once again rain stopped play for the day. With just a day left in this match and the Windies still in their first innings, there is no chance that will have a result with play tomorrow becoming a mere formality.

Day 1 of this Test even began on a rainy note with a thick drizzle keeping covers on for the whole first session of play. In the afternoon the Windies got to begin their innings, but got off a shaky start with Chris Gayle getting lbw to Suranga Lakmal first ball. But the other opener Devon Smith and Darren Bravop steadied the innings admirably, taking their side over 50 courtesy two blistering fours from Bravo off Angelo Mathews in the 19th over.

The two kept up the momentum and crossed 100 runs after Smith hit a four off Dilhara Fernando in the 29th over. Smith survived a dropped catch from Thilan Samaraweera at slip off Fernando in the next ball. But Devon Smith had no such luck and was out lbw to Mendis in the 33rs over for 55. The West Indies were 115/1 with Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the new man at the crease. With the score at 132/2 in 39 overs, bad light stopped play for the day, giving the Windies a slight edge over their opponents.

Day 2 began on a bright note for the Sri Lankans with Fernando trapping Bravo plumb in front for 68. Bravo immediately called for a decision review, but replays showed he was indeed out and the umpire's decision stood. Then Brendon Nash settled into a comfortable partnership with Chanderpaul, the former smacking Fernando for a boundary to bring up the Windies 150 in the 48th over.

In the 57th over, there was a mix-up between the batsman, but Sri Lanka fumbled the possible run out and Nash survived. Chanderpaul overcame the jitters and smacked Mendis for a four in the next ball. Then in 65th over, the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) game to Chander's aid when he given lbw. Replay shows that the ball hit his gloves before pad, and the decision was reversed. The Windies were at a comfortable 210/3. Chanderpaul's time at the crease finally came to an end when in the 77th over,

Mendis got him caught by Jayawardene at slip and he was on his way for 54. The Windies were 241/4. Just one run later, they lost Dwayne Bravo for a duck when Herath had him stumped and the tourists were stumbling at 241/4. Rain intervened soon after and play was called off for the day with the Windies at 242/5. Day 3 was completely washed out as the inclement weather conditions didn't let up for a substantial amount of time for even a ball to be bowled and the Windies continued to remain on their two-day-old score of 242/5.


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