Sri Lanka v West Indies, 2nd Test, Colombo, 3rd day November 25, 2010

Darren Bravo follows in Sangakarra's footsteps

Plays of the day from the third day of the second Test between Sri Lanka and West Indies in Colombo

The déjà vu feeling of the day
Yesterday, Kumar Sangakkara danced down the track to loft Shane Shillingford over mid-on for six and then four off consecutive deliveries. Another left hander, West Indies no. 3 Darren Bravo, must have been taking notes. In Rangana Herath's sixth over, Bravo waltzed down to hit him over long-on for a six, and then dispatched his nex ball for four. Same ploy, same end, same area, same result.

The catch of the day
Rangana Herath is, perhaps, the least athletic looking player in the Sri Lanka side. Standing at a smidgen over five feet and with a portly build, he is not known for his fielding prowess. But today he pulled off a blinder that would have made even Jonty Rhodes or AB de Villiers proud. Spotting a leading edge off Darren Bravo that spooned towards extra cover, Herath sprinted in from backward point and launched himself horizontally towards the plummeting ball with arms outstretched. His teammates swooped in delighted, and Bravo departed - scarcely able to believe what he'd just seen.

The ramp of the day
Cricket helmets have changed a lot since they first arrived on the scene, and Kumar Sangakkara's preferred model, which is sleeker and flatter than most other helmets, might just be the next wave of them. When Sangakkara was hit on the helmet by Kemar Roach in his third over of the morning, rather than lobbing lamely to slip or gully, the ball ramped up over the smooth beak and flew high over the wicketkeeper for four leg-byes.

The riposte of the day
What's the best way to reply to being hit on the lid by a pumped up fast bowler? Slam him for consecutive boundaries. After Kemar Roach caught a ducking Kumar Sangakkara in his second over of the morning, the batsman responded in style. The next delivery was dispatched emphatically to the square leg boundary, beating the man at deep backward-square and the following ball rocketed to the fence through the covers.

The party pooper of the day
If there is one thing cricket in the West Indies and Sri Lanka have in common, it's the music in the stands. But just as the band were getting warmed up for the day, Chris Gayle stopped Suranga Lakmal in his run-up to ask the musicians to stop playing. Apparently, if it's not calypso, it's distracting. He wasn't even on strike.

Andrew Fernando writes for The Pigeon and blogs here

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  • Nami on November 25, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    Really poor call from Gayle to stop the musicians. It's like players asking to stop the Vvuuzelas at FIFA. Music is part of both SL and WI cricket cultures. So let it be like that. Wher people enjoy themselves.

  • Randika on November 25, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    @harsh_vardhan2002: The all time greatest cricket analyst has spoken. Now SL must fold up and concede the game i suppose. Why don't you go back to primary school with the other kids instead of poking your nose in a SL vs WI game? Worry about your Indians, they need all the worrying before touring out for the first time in about a decade!

  • Christian on November 25, 2010, 17:36 GMT

    I may not be one of Chris Gayle's biggest fans, but one must give Jack his jacket! He has been maturing as a Test player, and Test Cricket will always be the choice of purists. We in the West Indies respect this! And, tradition dictates that when the bowler takes his bearing at the start of his run-up, the spectators afford the batsman silence. It is tradition, and it is simple courtesy.

  • Asanka on November 25, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    I really like Chris Gayle. How he's calm and enjoys this game, but asking the bands to stop playing was just absolute donkey poo. I mean he wasn't even on strike... well I was there and the bands were not playing when he got out, so yea, I think he was probably too less distracted. Toughen up Chris!

  • Dummy4 on November 25, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    Chris Gayle stopped musicians????wooooo...Entertaining Gayle refused music????? i can figure out why he felt early in the inning! BTW SL fielding standard clearly upto the mark,plz keep it up till next summer!

  • Randika on November 25, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    whats the matter with Gayle? I thought he WAS the coolest chap in the cricket field! Boring.. :)

  • Harshvardhan on November 25, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    Well for the first time in the series SL atleast managed to control one day otherwise its been WI who have been dominating and rains have been saving SL from losing the last match looks like rains will now save WI

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