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Rain slows down Smith
Persistent rain and over cautious umpires meant that the second day of the Sandals Test between the Windies and Sri Lanka at the Darren Sammy Cricket Stadium was truncated.
The Windies responding to Sri Lanka’s first innings total of 253 all out ended on the strong position of 118 for two when stumps were drawn yesterday.
Many times during the day, the umpires pulled the players off during light drizzle and were very cautious in restarting. At the close which came at 5.54 pm, opener Devon Smith was unbeaten on 54 having batted for 245 minutes, facing 134 balls and striking four fours and a six. Keeping him company was Shai Hope on two.
When play resumes this morning at 9.30 am, the Windies will be aiming to get a further 135 runs to reach the Sri Lankans 253 and then look to build a lead.
Earlier, the Windies resumed on their overnight two without loss and found the going tough against the three-prong Sri Lankan pace attack. They used the strip well and created some anxious moments for Smith and Kraigg Brathwaite. The two, however, battled on and was able to post a half-century stand.
Brathwaite, as he did at the Queen’s Park Oval, found the going tough once the ball was pitched just outside his off stump. He left many deliveries but were drawn into false shots on many occasions. It was only a matter of time that he edged one and this he did with his score at 22. He edged an outswinger from Rajitha and was caught behind. He was actually at the side of the ball when he edged it as he failed to get in line to negotiate the seamer. He fell 10 minutes before lunch after facing 79 balls and hitting two fours. Lunch was taken soon after with the score at 65 for one and Smith unbeaten on 26.
Rain then came during the break and as the locals called it here it was ‘fey fey neh’, light drizzle. It fell throughout the break and washed out an hour and 50 minutes of play.
The players came out at 2.30pm and were able to push the score along to 105 for one before the nagging rain came back to drive them off. However, before that occurred Smith was able to complete his seventh half-century in Tests. It came off 112 balls and included four fours and a six.
When the rain came, Smith was left unbeaten on 50, while the left-handed Powell, who got a brilliant 88 in the first Test was on 22 not out. Play resumed at 5.15pm and Sri Lanka was able to rip out Powell caught brilliantly low down by Kushal Mendis at clip off Lahiru Kumara for 27.
Sri Lanka 1st innings 253 all out
Windies 1st innings
K Brathwaite c Dickwella b Rajitha*22
D Smith not out*54
K Powell c Mendis b Kumara*27
S Hope not out*2
Extras 4b, 7lb, 3w*14
Total for 2 wkts*118
Bowling: S Lakmal 10-4-15-0, A Dhananjaya 9-4-19-0, C Rajitha 12-4-25-1, L Kumara 13.3-2-48-1.
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