Lucky break: Mendis is caught down the leg-side off Holder in the 25th over but the Windies skipper has overstepped. Meanwhile, the partnership has crossed 20. It is crucial for Sri Lanka that Chandimal and Mendis prolong the fightback.
And there goes another! Mahela Udawatte’s debut Test ends with two batting failures. Looking to hit Kemar Roach on the up, the opener ended up mistiming it to Devendra Bishoo at mid off. This is turning out to be a disappointing display of batting by the visitors. Three wickets down within the first 45 minutes of play today.
Sri Lanka collapsing big time… #WIvSL
— #CA Praveen (@SLCpissek) June 17, 2018
In 35 minutes since the start of play on Day 4, Sri Lanka have erased the first innings deficit. What seemed like an easy task, has proved to be quite costly. In a bid to cover up the 47-run difference, Sri Lanka have lost three wickets, including nightwatchman Kasun Rajitha. And to complicate matters, Shannon Gabriel is bowling well.
Shanon Gabriel, this guy breathes fire in his every first spell…#WIvSL
— Krishi (@imkb6) June 17, 2018
Shannon Gabriel is on fire. Sri Lanka haven’t even erased the first innings deficit, and have lost their third wicket. This time, it is a big blow. Dhananjaya de Silva looks to drive on the off and edges one it to Devon Smith an easy catch at slips. Sri Lanka are struggling – not for the first time in the Test, or the series.
There is some early action in Gros Islet on Day 4 of the Test. Shannon Gabriel has gotten rid of nightwatchman Kasun Rajitha off the fourth ball of the day itself, with no runs added to the overnight score. Sri Lanka 34 for 2.
Hello and welcome to the Live Blog of Day 4 of the second Test between Windies and Sri Lanka in St. Lucia. It was a fairly good day of cricket for the visitors, who managed to bowl Windies out for 300 to restrict the lead to 47. In reply, they were 34 for 1 at stumps, having reduced the deficit to 13 runs. However, the off-field controversy overshadowed the day’s play, with Sri Lanka being found guilty of ball tampering by the umpires.
Chandimal and his teammates refused to take the field at the start of the day and the captain, after a long discussion with the umpires, went off the field with his players again. Match referee Javagal Srinath was spotted discussing with the Sri Lankan team management and after nearly a two-hour long delay, play resumed. Later in the day, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) released an official statement, claiming their players were not involved in any wrongdoing, and that they protested against the charges pressed by the umpires.
The Sri Lankan players were advised by their cricket board to take the field in order to “ensure the continuity of the match”, and praised the decision taken by the team to uphold the spirit of the game. SLC also assured the team that they “shall take all necessary steps to defend any player, in the event any unwarranted allegation is brought against a member of the team.”
Later, the ICC charged Chandimal for breach of article 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct that relates to changing the condition of the ball – a level two breach. If found guilty, the Sri Lanka captain with be handed four demerit points, which translates into two suspension points that would mean a ban for one Test or two ODIs. While the details for the same are awaited, Sri Lanka will be keen to prove a point on the field and continue their spirited comeback in this Test.
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