Rain hits as Lankans bounce-back
Dec 2, 2010 7:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
Sri Lanka bounced back with two quick wickets to share the honours on another rain curtailed second days play in the third and final cricket Test match against the West Indies which continued at the Pallekelle International Stadium yesterday.
The visitors were moving along smoothly towards a formidable first innings total after having reached an impressive 229 for 3 through the efforts of Darren Bravo, Brendon Nash and Shivnarine Chanderpaul. But in a dramatic turnaround Sri Lanka fought their way back into recognition while removing the three inform batsmen with Ajantha Mendis and Rangana Herath causing the damage.
The match was probably slipping away from the hands of Sri Lanka after Nash and Chanderapul had put on 99 runs for the fourth wicket. Sri Lanka of course showed early promise of running through the West Indies batting line up as they got rid of Darren Bravo in the fourth over of the day. Dilhara Fernando eventually had success after a pretty ordinary opening day despite an unsuccessful referral to the third umpire by the batsman. Bravo was looking dangerous having struck ten boundaries during his 117 ball innings.