Windies were rattled early in the first session of the third and final Test on Day 1 as they slipped to 46 for 4 in Barbados on Saturday (June 23). Only 21 overs of play was possible after rain took a chunk out of the session and forcing the officials to extend play for half an hour before Tea.
Surprisingly, Jason Holder opted to bat first on a lively, green surface against the depleted Sri Lankan side. With Dinesh Chandimal suspended the leadership responsibilities were handed to Suranga Lakmal while Rangana Herath failed to recover in time to walk into the XI. Visitors included Dilruwan Perera while the hosts went in unchanged.
Things went pear-shaped pretty quickly for Windies as they wobbled to 8 for 3 inside six overs before the heavens opened up. Lakmal struck twice, sending back Devon Smith in the first over and then Kraigg Brathwaite in the fifth. Lahiru Kumara accounted for Kieran Powell as the Windies top three failed to find a way past some tight bowling and movement off the deck.
Roston Chase and Shai Hope tried to steady the innings but the former fell just before Tea as the hosts went into the break with the pressure squarely on them.
Brief scores: Windies 46/4 (Suranga Lakmal 2-20) vs Sri Lanka.
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