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11.30am: The big news may be about Pallekele's debut but it is a big day for one other person as well, as Marcus points out: "I know players on debut normally get a mention- but let's not forget Aussie umpire Bruce Oxenford who makes his Test debut today. I have been very impressed with what I have seen of him in Australian home ODIs."

11.20am Sri Lanka have won the toss and elected to field. Sri Lanka continue to ring the changes in the fast bowling - Dilhara Fernando comes in for Nuwn Kulasekara. Two changes for West Indies. Devon Smith and Nelon Pascal replace Adrian Barath and Shane Sillingford.

There's a correction. First session will only be till 12.45pm. Next session is from 1.25pm to 3.40 pm and the final one is from 4 to 6, light and rain permitting.

Russel Arnold says the pitch is really hard and says there will be something in it for the quick bowlers. He says the sun isn't likely to come out over this Test and the pitch will not crumble.

Sangakkara: "I reckon it is a better wicket than what it looks and it will play very well. Our job is to go in and make early inroads. Kula has a sidestrain, so we had to leave him out."

Sammy: "Barath is suffering from the flu, so Smith replaces him. I don't think Sri Lankans will know much about Pascal since this is his first Test of the series, he will run in and swing the ball for us."

Maz writes in: "This could be one of most beautiful ground in world. It has calm and cool environment. You can easily see "The Knuckles Mountain range" which has nominated as world heritance in recently. It is wonderful natural palace in Sri Lanka and you will be able get experianse on suddenly changes climate."

11.10am Good news Play will start at 11.40am. First session will last till 1.40pm.

Sachintha: "I think every ground should get a fair opportunity to host matches. I don't know where the Asgiriya stadium, which is the only school stadium at international level, has got to. I haven't seen it hosting an international game since the Galle stadium was rebuilt.

And the other thing is, grounds must not be specialized as 'One day venues' and 'Test venues'. The world's great grounds like Lord's, MCG, etc host both the formats of the game, so I don't see why Sri Lankan grounds should be specialized."

11.05am Umpires walking out for the inspection.

Upul: "Pallekele stadium is just 5 min away from my home. sadly, I am now in USA. I wish I can be there when we host the world cup next year. This is the best place to play cricket in the hill capital as it is in the dry zone. hope this stadium has good drainage facilities."

10.55am Update: Umpires to inspect the ground at 11 am. The covers are all off now, and the toss shouldn't be too long away.

Anjan provides us a geography lesson: "This is not a monsoon season. SL is affected by two monsoons; the South-western one which lasts from May til September and the North-eastern one which lasts from December till February. So technically this isn't a monsoon season. This is just a freak inter-monsoon tropical storm system that has been affecting the country these past dew weeks. Yes you are true. Pallekele, though its situated in upcountry falls into the dry zone as well into the strip of land that runs through the country from North-west to South-east that is not affected by either monsoon. This is a perfect choice for a cricket ground. So until they had perfected a way of controlling the weather, no use blaming the cricket board for these rain effected matches."

Joey: "O woe! This must be, what, the fifth or sixth Westindies Test for the year? And possibly the third washout. Where is the match practise going to come from?"

10.35am Asanka from Kandy says: "Though Pallakelle is in the hills, it mainly falls to the dry zone as it's covered by the mountains in most of the monsoon periods. This is an appropriate place to play Cricket. Sure, a bad scheduling would have an effect for these rain-affected games. But one may have to consider that in this monsoon period Sri Lanka got more rain than anticipated. Besides, the lack of Test matches offered to Sri Lanka wasn't gonna help the Cricket Board anyway."

Marcian: "Asanka - you are absolutely right! Palleke is a beautiful area in Kandy - but lets hope that the stadium is completed soon...looks a wonderful setting for cricket."

Kusal Manamperi: "Pallekele statium is the most pictures stadium in Srilanka..surely it will become one of the greatest stadiums in the world. .I had an awsome experience as a trainee engineer in this stadium....proud to be a member of the construction crew..."

10.10am There won't be any play before 11.30am, and the cloud around isn't helping dry the outfield.

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Ankit Motani asks: "How can one expect the locals to spend money for buying tickets for a match when there is rain around?"

Derrick Bishop writes in: "Not again.It is very sad that we cannot assess the progress of windies cricket due to the rain.I was really looking forward to see some progress after a very long period of sub par performance."

9.50am Update: The covers are coming off.

Pallekele is one of the two new stadiums built in Sri Lanka for the World Cup. It will now become Sri Lanka's international venue of choice around Kandy. We have a bunch of photos of the new ground here, and if you want to know more about Kandy, check out our World Cup travel site.

Andrew Fernando: "Covers have just begun to come off. Still a lot of cloud around, but the drizzle has stopped."

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9.30am Hello and welcome to the third and final Test of the rain-ravaged series between Sri Lanka and West Indies. And rain continues to be a wet blanket. Pallekele will have to wait a while before it sees Test action, it's drizzling and the ground is fully covered, we will have a delayed start.

Andrew Fernando, our man at the ground who has written as much about the weather as the cricket this series, says: "Another day another delay. There is a very light drizzle and all the covers remain on. It's overcast as well."

0.1

Lakmal to Gayle, OUT, plumb lbw first ball! what a start for Sri Lanka and Pallekele. The big wicket of Chris Gayle, Lakmal sets off on a celebration, it was pitching on offstump and came in a touch, Gayle was looking to defend but misses, hit on the knee roll and Rauf raises the finger, it would have gone on to hit middle and off

CH Gayle lbw b Lakmal 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

0.2

Lakmal to DM Bravo, no run, this one also jags in but starts on legstump and goes further down

0.3

Lakmal to DM Bravo, no run, and again, Bravo shuffles across to try flick it, but it is down the leg side

0.4

Lakmal to DM Bravo, no run, length ball on offstump this time, defended towards the leg side

0.5

Lakmal to DM Bravo, no run, reverts to the pads again, blocked towards short square leg

0.6

Lakmal to DM Bravo, no run, a wicket maiden to start for Lakmal and Sri Lanka, defended to the leg side by Bravo

Ram: "This is amazing from Gayle. First innings of first test he scores 333 (3 digits) and then he scores 30 + (2 digits) and next 3 (1 digit) and finally no score ...Whenever Gayle plays a big innings, he always ends up with such low scores."

End of over 1 (wicket maiden) West Indies 0/1
DM Bravo    0* (5b)      RAS Lakmal    1-1-0-1
DS Smith    0* (0b)     

Angelo Mathews to share the new ball, Fernando will have to wait.

1.1

Mathews to Smith, no run, gentle delivery on a length and outside off, left alone by Smith, this is his first Test match in a year and a half

1.2

Mathews to Smith, no run, on offstump this time, Smith gets behind the line and blocks it back to the bowler

1.3

Mathews to Smith, no run, just outside off this time from Mathews, not much movement yet for Mathews, left alone by Smith

1.4

Mathews to Smith, no run, too far outside off to interest Smith

Loads of schoolkids at the ground, seem to be having fun as well, given the amount of noise they are making

1.5

Mathews to Smith, 1 run, West Indies are off the mark, Smith tucks the ball towards midwicket and takes a single

1.6

Mathews to DM Bravo, no run, length ball on off, pushed towards the off side by Bravo

End of over 2 (1 run) West Indies 1/1
DM Bravo    0* (6b)      AD Mathews    1-0-1-0
DS Smith    1* (5b)      RAS Lakmal    1-1-0-1

2.1

Lakmal to Smith, no run, full ball on the pads, Bravo looks to flick it, its off the pad and Prasanna dives to collect it

2.2

Lakmal to Smith, no run, well outside off and that's left alone

Kasun Anuradha: "Kulasekara's loss is big blow for SL. I beleive this is a big opportunity for Dilhara to show his capable. He is around with the national side for over a while. Dilhara this could be your game. " His inswingers would have been quite useful against a top order filled with left-handers

2.3

Lakmal to Smith, no run, again it is outside off, Smith isn't concerned by that one

Three slips in place

2.4

Lakmal to Smith, no run, Lakmal needs to get it closer to off it he is to make the batsman play

2.5

Lakmal to Smith, no run, this time he makes Smith play, pushed towards point

2.6

Lakmal to Smith, no run, again it is outside off, Smith is happy to leave it to the keeper

Robbie Cameron: "What a pity Rauf was at the bowler's end for the first over. Otherwise Oxenford would have a wicket first ball on debut!"

End of over 3 (maiden) West Indies 1/1
DS Smith    1* (11b)      RAS Lakmal    2-2-0-1
DM Bravo    0* (6b)      AD Mathews    1-0-1-0

Mathews to continue

3.1

Mathews to DM Bravo, no run, length ball on offstump, defended down the pitch

Anoozer: "When I was the Cricket secretary at Tamil Union I asked Champaka Ramanayake (then fast bowling coach) to send a fast bowler to play for the club. He wanted us to look after a boy from the backwoods of the deep south. His name was Suranga Lakmal. He has remained with Tamil Union ever since and has started playing Test cricket. Unfortunately I am now in Australia following his progress in cricket from afar."

3.2

Mathews to DM Bravo, no run, blocked back to the bowler, this was again on offstump

3.3

Mathews to DM Bravo, no run, outside off, Bravo shoulders arms

3.4

Mathews to DM Bravo, FOUR, an overpitched ball just outside off, Bravo leans into a drive through cover, finds the gap, a lovely shot to get off the mark

3.5

Mathews to DM Bravo, FOUR, not as lovely this time, gets four more though, short of length ball outside off, Bravo gets a thick outside edge behind point for a boundary

3.6

Mathews to DM Bravo, no run, outside off and left alone by Bravo

Sawdust being sprinkled on the bowler's run-ups. Nitin Sundar says Ashes in part of the world, dust in another.

End of over 4 (8 runs) West Indies 9/1
DM Bravo    8* (12b 2x4)      AD Mathews    2-0-9-0
DS Smith    1* (11b)      RAS Lakmal    2-2-0-1

4.1

Lakmal to Smith, 1 run, length ball just outside off, pushed towards the off side

4.2

Lakmal to DM Bravo, no run, angling across the batsman, who again doesn't need to play as it is too far outside off

4.3

Lakmal to DM Bravo, no run, full delivery, but again not close enough to the stump to make the batsman offer a stroke

4.4

Lakmal to DM Bravo, FOUR, on the pads, superb from Bravo, whips it off his pads with nonchalance, sends the ball speeding past square leg for a boundary, Lakmal grimaces as he realises he has erred in line

4.5

Lakmal to DM Bravo, no run, length ball on middle and off, Bravo gets behind the line and taps it back to the bowler

Paul from the US: "I hope Smith hangs on for a while but what I would really like to watch is Darren and Chanderpaul to bat all day. But then i will have no sleep!"

4.6

Lakmal to DM Bravo, no run, first bouncer of the Test, Bravo sways out of the way

End of over 5 (5 runs) West Indies 14/1
DM Bravo    12* (17b 3x4)      RAS Lakmal    3-2-5-1
DS Smith    2* (12b)      AD Mathews    2-0-9-0

5.1

Mathews to Smith, no run, Mathews angles the ball across the batsman, who shoulders arms

5.2

Mathews to Smith, no run, full and well outside off, no work for the batsman

Joey: "Gayle - Gayle! We so seldom see a run of good scores; a big one, a couple fifties, then some 20's and 30's and then worse ... and just when even his faithful (like me) are wondering about his worthiness, he smacks out a barrel of runs. He's the Carl Hooper of his generation - so frustrating!"

5.3

Mathews to Smith, no run, just outside off, gets forwards and pokes it towards point

Mathews comes round the wicket

5.4

Mathews to Smith, no run, still can't get the batsman to play, this one angles in but starts too far outside off

5.5

Mathews to Smith, no run, full and very wide, left alone to no one's surprise

Shishank Dahiya: "After a tremedous start to his career Devon Smith has flattered to deceive ever since.I think this is his chance in this test to show the selectors that his hundred on test debut was no fluke." I've lost count of the number of comebacks Smith has made in his Test career.

5.6

Mathews to Smith, no run, well outside off again, and keeper collects, perhaps its time for Dilhara to come on

End of over 6 (maiden) West Indies 14/1
DS Smith    2* (18b)      AD Mathews    3-1-9-0
DM Bravo    12* (17b 3x4)      RAS Lakmal    3-2-5-1

Lakmal round the wicket, still three slips in place

6.1

Lakmal to DM Bravo, no run, short of length ball on offstump, Bravo shouts 'No' after playing it towards point

6.2

Lakmal to DM Bravo, no run, outside off, Bravo raises his bat above his head as he leaves

Karthik: "Its seriously surprising to not see Sarwan's name in this West Indies batting line-up.. Even if he had been in the worst of form's, a few innings in the middle would have revived it back... More than a classy batsman to be left out of your batting order!!"

6.3

Lakmal to DM Bravo, no run, length ball heading for middle this time, blocked back down the pitch

6.4

Lakmal to DM Bravo, no run, a touch shorter and closer to off, played towards point by Lakmal

Kudula Gemba: "Weather is in no ones control but I wonder is this a right time to have test matches in Srilanka. I don't think any one can expect bright sunny day for five consecutive days during this period in lanka. ICC should introduce one reserve day for lost overs to have results of test matches."

6.5

Lakmal to DM Bravo, 1 run, jags in after pitching outside off, poked towards cover, and the batsmen zip through for a single

6.6

Lakmal to Smith, 1 run, angling in towards middle and leg, tucked towards midwicket for a single to end the over

End of over 7 (2 runs) West Indies 16/1
DS Smith    3* (19b)      RAS Lakmal    4-2-7-1
DM Bravo    13* (22b 3x4)      AD Mathews    3-1-9-0

Surprise, surprise. Dilshan is the new bowler, round the wicket

7.1

Dilshan to Smith, no run, length ball outside off, poked towards silly point

7.2

Dilshan to Smith, no run, speared in towards middle and leg, defended off the front foot

7.3

Dilshan to Smith, 1 run, a touch overpitched, driven towards sweeper cover for an ambled single

Joey: "@Shishank Dahiya: i think you might be mixing up Devon Smith and Dwayne Smith. The latter has been kolpacking in the UK, and has been a real disappointment in Tests. He's done some good work in ODI's as an allrounder though."

7.4

Dilshan to DM Bravo, no run, slides this one down the leg side

7.5

Dilshan to DM Bravo, no run, full and on the legstump, deadbatted by the batsman

7.6

Dilshan to DM Bravo, no run, just outside off, defended to the off side this time

Players have red ribbons on their sleeve since it World AIDS day. Tharindu Chat: "@Kudula Gemba - The monsoon is supposed to be finished before November and this time it extended for some reason."

End of over 8 (1 run) West Indies 17/1
DM Bravo    13* (25b 3x4)      TM Dilshan    1-0-1-0
DS Smith    4* (22b)      RAS Lakmal    4-2-7-1

Lakmal over the wicket

8.1

Lakmal to Smith, 2 runs, on the pads, flicked towards deep square leg for a couple

Chandika: "Seems to be Mathews recovering well. great news for SL." Yup, Mathews couldn't bowl in Australia due to an injury

8.2

Lakmal to Smith, no run, on middle and leg, defended by Smith

8.3

Lakmal to Smith, 1 run, pushed wide of mid-on off the backfoot for a single

Only two slips for Lakmal

8.4

Lakmal to DM Bravo, no run, on middle and leg, Bravo pats it back towards the bowler

Still very cloudy at Pallekele

8.5

Lakmal to DM Bravo, no run, digs in the bouncer, Bravo ducks

8.6

Lakmal to DM Bravo, 1 run, short of length ball angling across, played with soft hands towards cover and the batsmen pinch a single

End of over 9 (4 runs) West Indies 21/1
DM Bravo    14* (28b 3x4)      RAS Lakmal    5-2-11-1
DS Smith    7* (25b)      TM Dilshan    1-0-1-0

9.1

Dilshan to DM Bravo, 1 run, poked towards cover off the front foot

Percy, Sri Lanka's cheerleader-in-chief, is in the stands, waving the Sri Lankan flag as usual

9.2

Dilshan to Smith, no run, gets nicely forward and defends towards point

9.3

Dilshan to Smith, no run, more defence towards the off side

9.4

Dilshan to Smith, no run, defended back down the pitch

9.5

Dilshan to Smith, no run, blocked off the front foot towards the bowler

9.6

Dilshan to Smith, no run, just outside off, Smith steers this one towards gully

End of over 10 (1 run) West Indies 22/1
DS Smith    7* (30b)      TM Dilshan    2-0-2-0
DM Bravo    15* (29b 3x4)      RAS Lakmal    5-2-11-1

Fernando finally gets the ball, taking over from Lakmal

10.1

Fernando to DM Bravo, 1 wide, starts with a shocker, full and much too wide of offstump, barely finds the pitch

10.1

Fernando to DM Bravo, no run, very full again, and pretty wide, Bravo reaches across and mistimes a drives towards extra cover

10.2

Fernando to DM Bravo, no run, a wide full toss, Fernando lucky to escape there, Bravo punches it straight towards cover, that was a four-ball, Bravo couldn't place it though

10.3

Fernando to DM Bravo, 1 run, on a length and on the pads, glanced towards fine leg by Bravo

10.4

Fernando to Smith, 2 runs, length ball outside off, a good-looking drive from Smith, Mathews has to run across from extra cover to field that one

10.5

Fernando to Smith, 1 leg bye, on the pads, Smith looks to whip that one, but that swung in a touch and its off the pads towards square leg

10.6

Fernando to DM Bravo, no run, a good delivery to end the over, on a length and angling across, batsman thought of playing at it before deciding to raise his bat over his head and leave the ball to the keeper

End of over 11 (5 runs) West Indies 27/1
DM Bravo    16* (33b 3x4)      CRD Fernando    1-0-4-0
DS Smith    9* (32b)      TM Dilshan    2-0-2-0

Ajantha Mendis takes over from Dilshan, fifth Sri Lankan bowler in 12 overs

11.1

Mendis to Smith, no run, outside off, and defended towards cover

11.2

Mendis to Smith, FOUR, superb from Smith, a touch short from Mendis, Smith is quickly onto the backfoot and swipes that towards midwicket for four

11.3

Mendis to Smith, no run, calmly worked to square leg this time by Smith

11.4

Mendis to Smith, no run, defended to the off side

11.5

Mendis to Smith, no run, beaten by the offspinner, turning away from the left hander who searches for it outside off but can't get bat on it

11.6

Mendis to Smith, no run, blocked to the off side off the front foot

End of over 12 (4 runs) West Indies 31/1
DS Smith    13* (38b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    1-0-4-0
DM Bravo    16* (33b 3x4)      CRD Fernando    1-0-4-0

12.1

Fernando to DM Bravo, no run, Fernando getting his length right now, but it was just a touch too far outside off to trouble the batsman

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12.2

Fernando to DM Bravo, FOUR, poor delivery from Fernando and that gets the treatment, a half-volley outside off, gorgeous drive from Bravo, stylishly put away past cover for four

12.3

Fernando to DM Bravo, 1 run, shorter and on legstump, guides it towards square leg

12.4

Fernando to Smith, no run, short of length and very wide outside off, left alone

Fernando round the wicket

12.5

Fernando to Smith, 1 run, short of length and just outside off, batsman shuffles across and tucks the ball towards square leg

12.6

Fernando to DM Bravo, no run, shortish ball on offstump, nicely defended off the back foot

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End of over 13 (6 runs) West Indies 37/1
DM Bravo    21* (37b 4x4)      CRD Fernando    2-0-10-0
DS Smith    14* (40b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    1-0-4-0

13.1

Mendis to Smith, 1 run, length ball on middle and leg, punched towards mid-on, Smith wanted the single immediately, he would have been in trouble if Mathews had got a direct hit

13.2

Mendis to DM Bravo, no run, fullish ball on middle and leg, defended by Bravo

13.3

Mendis to DM Bravo, 1 run, fullish ball on the pads, whipped towards midwicket

13.4

Mendis to Smith, no run, shorter this time, Smith looks to dismiss that towards midwicket, inside-edge onto the pad

13.5

Mendis to Smith, no run, quicker through the air, pushed back to the bowler

13.6

Mendis to Smith, no run, fullish ball, defended towards mid-off

End of over 14 (2 runs) West Indies 39/1
DS Smith    15* (44b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    2-0-6-0
DM Bravo    22* (39b 4x4)      CRD Fernando    2-0-10-0

Fernando to bowl what could be the last over before lunch. He's bowling round the wicket

14.1

Fernando to DM Bravo, no run, short and wide outside off, left alone by the batsman

14.2

Fernando to DM Bravo, 1 run, length ball outside off, flayed towards cover, where the fielder can't stop it cleanly conceding the single

Errol Erskine: "This pair is in good form. They had two good WI's tour with the A team, so let's hope that the form continue for WI sake"

14.3

Fernando to Smith, FOUR, shortish ball on offstump this time, Smith likes the pull, he connects well and its powerfully hit towards midwicket for four

14.4

Fernando to Smith, no run, Fernando has clearly decided the short ball is the way to unsettle the batsman, digs in another one, easily ducked under

Ravdeep Mehta doesn't like what he is seeing: "You know the world is going crazy when on a fresh morning pitch on first day of test match out of first 11 overs bowled, 3 have been bowled by spinners (2 by part time spinner!!)"

14.5

Fernando to Smith, no run, and another short one, again the batsman ducks, this one didn't get up as high as the previous one, still sails over the batsman

14.6

Fernando to Smith, 1 run, ends the over with a full delivery just outside off, helped along to deep backward point, and that will be lunch

Sara is "searching for positives": "Sri Lanka can take heart from the fact that Dilhara"no ball" Fernando is yet to bowl a no-ball!!"

A person using the handle "Main_culprit" says: "I find it difficult to understand why Dilhara Fernando is picked up for any kind of international cricket for Sri Lanka. He has not even got close to living up to the chances given to him."

As the players head for lunch, I'm off to grab some food myself. See you at 1.25 pm.

End of over 15 (6 runs) West Indies 45/1
DS Smith    20* (48b 2x4)      CRD Fernando    3-0-16-0
DM Bravo    23* (41b 4x4)      BAW Mendis    2-0-6-0

1.20pm We are all set to resume in Pallekele, it will be an extended session, tea is at 3.40pm.

Sara: "On another note, if this test ends in a stalemate, it would be the fifth home test without mighty murali and without "a win" for Sri Lanka.. need to dig deep to find out when that last happened!"

The West Indies batsmen are striding out.

15.1

Lakmal to Smith, no run, Lakmal starts with length ball on offstump, defended towards cover

15.2

Lakmal to Smith, 1 run, short of length ball on the pads, clipped towards square leg

Tim from Australia sends in a spirited defence of Fernando: "Sri Lankan supports need to stop complaining about Fernando. They can stop picking him when another bowler steps up and shows they can bowl fast. Medium pacers won't get wickets in test cricket, if they don't play Malinga they have to play Fernando."

15.3

Lakmal to DM Bravo, no run, length ball angling away, easy leave for the batsman

15.4

Lakmal to DM Bravo, no run, length ball outside off, left alone by the batsman

15.5

Lakmal to DM Bravo, no run, tries the bouncer this time, ducks under it

15.6

Lakmal to DM Bravo, no run, short of length on offstump, defended towards point

Even more support for Fernando. Ksenaratne: "Dilhara is the only bowler who has genuine pace and bounce to do well in other countries and he has performed well in tournaments in the past. Check the statistics of first T20 world cup and some match winning performance even in last world cup in west indies. And also he was our best fast bowler against South Africa when they visited here last time in test matches ( please see bowling figures ). But media played a huge fuss about his "no balling" matter where his confidence would have been dented. In a test match specially, I would settle for few no balls if he bowls well and get wickets. Please re-visit his last T20 performance in Australia where he bowled at 150kph plus and troubled batsman. If management shows its confidence in him and give him a longer stretch I am sure he would bowl in a better rhythm."

End of over 16 (1 run) West Indies 46/1
DM Bravo    23* (45b 4x4)      RAS Lakmal    6-2-12-1
DS Smith    21* (50b 2x4)      CRD Fernando    3-0-16-0

Angelo Mathews to bowl now

16.1

Mathews to Smith, no run, starts with a short ball, Mathews ducks under it

16.2

Mathews to Smith, no run, and another short one, again the batsman ducks

16.3

Mathews to Smith, no run, length ball just outside off, left alone by the batsman

16.4

Mathews to Smith, no run, slightly shorter, outside off again, no need to play that again

16.5

Mathews to Smith, no run, length ball on middle and leg, swings in a touch, defended to the legstump

16.6

Mathews to Smith, no run, gets forward and looks to drive, inside-edged onto the pads

End of over 17 (maiden) West Indies 46/1
DS Smith    21* (56b 2x4)      AD Mathews    4-2-9-0
DM Bravo    23* (45b 4x4)      RAS Lakmal    6-2-12-1

17.1

Lakmal to DM Bravo, no run, short of length ball, on offstump, punched back towards the bowler

17.2

Lakmal to DM Bravo, 1 run, on middle stump this time, defended in front of point

17.3

Lakmal to Smith, no run, short of length ball on offstump, gets on the backfoot towards the off side

17.4

Lakmal to Smith, no run, short ball just outside off, left alone by the batsman

Fernando seems to have plenty of Australian fans. Meety: "Fernando is a talent, under appreciated in his own country - a bit like Ishant Sharma. Those 2 bowlers can win their respective countries Tests abroad, for SL even Murali didn't win too many Tests overseas, (meaning outside ASIA)."

17.5

Lakmal to Smith, no run, another short ball, not very well dealt with, Smith initially shaped for the pull, then dropped his wrists and is stuck on the arm

17.6

Lakmal to Smith, no run, rounds off the over with a 136kmh bouncer, sails over the batsman's head

End of over 18 (1 run) West Indies 47/1
DS Smith    21* (60b 2x4)      RAS Lakmal    7-2-13-1
DM Bravo    24* (47b 4x4)      AD Mathews    4-2-9-0

18.1

Mathews to DM Bravo, FOUR, West Indies 50 comes up, length ball on the pads, make a bit of room and eases it past Mendis at midwicket

18.2

Mathews to DM Bravo, no run, short ball from Mathews, Bravo ducks under it

There's deep backward square leg and long leg in place

18.3

Mathews to DM Bravo, no run, pitched up outside off, Bravo looks to drive, bottom-hand comes off as he plays the shot, ball rolls towards extra cover

18.4

Mathews to DM Bravo, FOUR, superb cover drive from Bravo, gets nicely forward and cracks that past cover elegantly, Sangakkara nods in appreciation

18.5

Mathews to DM Bravo, 1 run, and Bravo delicately steers this one through gully, from where the fielder had just been moved

18.6

Mathews to Smith, no run, outside off, Smith is happy to leave that one

End of over 19 (9 runs) West Indies 56/1
DS Smith    21* (61b 2x4)      AD Mathews    5-2-18-0
DM Bravo    33* (52b 6x4)      RAS Lakmal    7-2-13-1

19.1

Lakmal to DM Bravo, no run, back of length ball sliding down leg, looks to flick it but misses

19.2

Lakmal to DM Bravo, 1 run, similar length but shifts the line to off, Bravo plays with soft hands towards point, fielder is on the boundary in that direction

19.3

Lakmal to Smith, 1 run, fullish ball on off, driven nicely towards wide of mid-off

19.4

Lakmal to DM Bravo, no run

19.5

Lakmal to DM Bravo, no run, Sri Lanka continue the short-ball strategy, batsman easily gets under that one

19.6

Lakmal to DM Bravo, 1 run, short of length on the pads, whipped towards square leg

Stephen Selvayagam: "Dilhara Fernando's value to the Sri Lankan outfit is purely relative to the format of cricket being played. In the ODI/T20 format of the game with free hits being offered for every no ball, Dilhara's no balls prove very costly. His poor line begs for punishment from batsman likes Sehwag and Graeme Smith. However in the Test format with Murali being absent, the inclusion of Dilhara might be a good decision because he might be able to take a few scalps." Okay, that's enough on Dilhara for now

End of over 20 (3 runs) West Indies 59/1
DM Bravo    35* (57b 6x4)      RAS Lakmal    8-2-16-1
DS Smith    22* (62b 2x4)      AD Mathews    5-2-18-0

20.1

Mathews to DM Bravo, 2 runs, driven powerfully by Bravotowards extra cover, where Fernando misfields and the batsmen sprint a couple

20.2

Mathews to DM Bravo, no run, well outside off, left alone

20.3

Mathews to DM Bravo, FOUR, Bravo is looking extremely good here, a shortish ball outside off, Bravo gets on his toes and cracks that in front of point for a boundary

20.4

Mathews to DM Bravo, 2 runs, Bravo is a good batsman to watch, an effortless straight punch down the ground after standing tall gets him a couple

Mathews round the wicket now

20.5

Mathews to DM Bravo, no run, way outside off, Bravo watches it through to the keeper

20.6

Mathews to DM Bravo, 1 run, slightly uppishly played by Bravo towards extra cover, gets a single to end the over

End of over 21 (9 runs) West Indies 68/1
DM Bravo    44* (63b 7x4)      AD Mathews    6-2-27-0
DS Smith    22* (62b 2x4)      RAS Lakmal    8-2-16-1

21.1

Lakmal to DM Bravo, no run, slightly short from Lakmal, Bravo looks to carve that towards point, hits near the bottom of the bat and the ball rolls towards point

21.2

Lakmal to DM Bravo, no run, gets on the backfoot and pushes it behind point, where Dilshan fields

21.3

Lakmal to DM Bravo, no run, reverts to the short-ball attack, Bravo has been unfazed by that so far, gets under that one comfortably

21.4

Lakmal to DM Bravo, no run, length ball on middle, defended towards point by Bravo

21.5

Lakmal to DM Bravo, 1 leg bye, back of length and outside leg, Bravo looks to flick it but misses, off his body towards the keeper

21.6

Lakmal to Smith, no run, slips in the yorker, good thinking from Lakmal, the batsman inside-edges onto the boot

Ram from the West Indies: "Some players are effective, like Chanders, but not great to watch, others like Carl Hooper are not consistent, but a treat to watch whenever he performed. Darren Bravo in short career is both effective and great to watch"

End of over 22 (1 run, maiden) West Indies 69/1
DS Smith    22* (63b 2x4)      RAS Lakmal    9-3-16-1
DM Bravo    44* (68b 7x4)      AD Mathews    6-2-27-0

22.1

Mendis to DM Bravo, no run, First ball of Mendis' spell is defended back down the pitch

22.2

Mendis to DM Bravo, no run, on middle and leg, blocked to the leg side

22.3

Mendis to DM Bravo, no run, gets well forward and blocks the offspinning delivery towards the off side

22.4

Mendis to DM Bravo, no run, spinning away after pitching on off, left alone

22.5

Mendis to DM Bravo, no run, on offstump, gets nicely forward and defends towards point

22.6

Mendis to DM Bravo, no run, pitching outside off and going straight on, Bravo happy to leave that one

End of over 23 (maiden) West Indies 69/1
DM Bravo    44* (74b 7x4)      BAW Mendis    3-1-6-0
DS Smith    22* (63b 2x4)      RAS Lakmal    9-3-16-1

23.1

Lakmal to Smith, no run, Lakmal starts the over with a length ball on middle and leg, defended solidly back down the pitch

23.2

Lakmal to Smith, no run, sticks to a good length, on middle and off this time, defended less convincingly by Smith, who jumps across the stumps and pushed the ball towards the bowler

23.3

Lakmal to Smith, no run, way outside off stump, Smith shoulders arms

4.00pm All set for the restart. Plenty of clouds still around.

3.50pm Sri Lankans are out in the middle in a huddle and the bowlers have been out there for about 20 minutes, obviously keen to get on with it.

And in Mirpur, Zimbabwe have beaten a battling Bangladesh by nine runs.

3.30pm Tea has been taken early. Play will resume at 4pm. You could spend that time following the Bangladesh game, which is heading for a thrilling finish. They are 189 for 8 after 47 overs chasing 210. Commentary here.

3.20pm Fernando's weather watch: "The light has improved, so I'm guessing we will have play soon."

3.10pm Andrew Fernando tells us: "The rain has stopped and the covers are being peeled off slowly."

2.50pm The rain has eased to heavy drizzle now, but the skies are still very overcast.

2.25pm Andrew Fernando: "The rain has become quite heavy now. The entire playing surface is covered."

2.07pm Umpires having a discussion here. Not sure what it is about. Bad news the players are leaving due to bad light, a huge dark cloud hangs over the stadium, doesn't seem to be raining but the groundstaff are quickly in with the covers.

We are still waiting for updates on when this game will resume. why not check out either the Bangladesh-Zimbabwe game or the India-New Zealand one till more news comes along.

Andrew Fernando has this depressing news: "It's begun to rain steadily here now and all the covers are being rushed on will be a while before we have more play."

23.4

Lakmal to Smith, no run, Lakmal resumes with a delivery down the leg side

23.5

Lakmal to Smith, FOUR, short of length and on the pads, Smith shuffles across and glances that fine for four

23.6

Lakmal to Smith, no run, length ball outside off, left alone

End of over 24 (4 runs) West Indies 73/1
DS Smith    26* (69b 3x4)      RAS Lakmal    10-3-20-1
DM Bravo    44* (74b 7x4)      BAW Mendis    3-1-6-0

24.1

Mendis to DM Bravo, no run, defends the first ball from Mendis down the track

24.2

Mendis to DM Bravo, no run, length ball just outside off, jabbed towards gully

24.3

Mendis to DM Bravo, no run, on the pads, defended back to the bowler

24.4

Mendis to DM Bravo, no run, tossed up this time, driven off the front foot towards cover

24.5

Mendis to DM Bravo, no run, length ball on the pads, blocked back towards the bowler

24.6

Mendis to DM Bravo, no run, blocked to the leg side off the front foot

End of over 25 (maiden) West Indies 73/1
DM Bravo    44* (80b 7x4)      BAW Mendis    4-2-6-0
DS Smith    26* (69b 3x4)      RAS Lakmal    10-3-20-1

Fernando to bowl now

25.1

Fernando to Smith, 3 runs, starts with a back of length ball, wasn't too bad a delivery, Smith gets on the backfoot and punches him effortlessly though cover, outfield isn't exactly quick after all the rain and the ball pulls up short of the rope

25.2

Fernando to DM Bravo, no run, short ball angling across, sways out of the line

25.3

Fernando to DM Bravo, no run, shortish ball just outside off, dropped towards the off side

25.4

Fernando to DM Bravo, FOUR, Bravo opens the face and guides this ball past slips for a boundary, nicely done, he moves on to 48

25.5

Fernando to DM Bravo, FOUR, fullish ball on the pads, guided down to fine leg for a four, that's a freebie and Bravo gets to his fifty

25.6

Fernando to DM Bravo, no run, on the off, blocked towards cover

End of over 26 (11 runs) West Indies 84/1
DM Bravo    52* (85b 9x4)      CRD Fernando    4-0-27-0
DS Smith    29* (70b 3x4)      BAW Mendis    4-2-6-0

26.1

Mendis to Smith, no run, left alone outside off

26.2

Mendis to Smith, no run, just outside off, not too much turn, Smith confident enough to leave it

26.3

Mendis to Smith, FOUR, tossed up and very full, Smith pounces on it, drives powerfully past extra cover for four

26.4

Mendis to Smith, no run, reverts to solid forward defense

26.5

Mendis to Smith, no run, length ball on the pads, prodded back down the track off the front foot

26.6

Mendis to Smith, 1 run, a touch short and on offstump, whipped to deep square leg

End of over 27 (5 runs) West Indies 89/1
DS Smith    34* (76b 4x4)      BAW Mendis    5-2-11-0
DM Bravo    52* (85b 9x4)      CRD Fernando    4-0-27-0

27.1

Fernando to Smith, no run, length ball on offstump, defended watchfully

27.2

Fernando to Smith, no run, shortish ball outside off, swipes it towards mid-on

27.3

Fernando to Smith, no run, back of a length on offstump, gets on the backfoot and defends solidly

27.4

Fernando to Smith, no run, Fernando keeping it steady this over, length delivery heading just outside off, poked towards cover off the front foot

27.5

Fernando to Smith, no run, short ball angling outside off, batsman ducks under

27.6

Fernando to Smith, no run, pitched up this time, on middle and leg, driven towards mid-off

Mark Kidger: "With a 30-point difference in the Test ranking table, Sri Lanka will take a huge hit if the fail to win the series. A 0-0 result would drop Sri Lanka 6 points to 5th in the table. If West Indies were to sneak it (0-1), the drop would be 9 points and the West Indies would sail into 6th, above Pakistan."

End of over 28 (maiden) West Indies 89/1
DS Smith    34* (82b 4x4)      CRD Fernando    5-1-27-0
DM Bravo    52* (85b 9x4)      BAW Mendis    5-2-11-0

28.1

Mendis to DM Bravo, 1 run, on the pads, worked behind square leg for a single

28.2

Mendis to Smith, (no ball) FOUR, Mendis oversteps and serves up a full toss, swatted towards midwicket for a boundary by Smith

28.2

Mendis to Smith, no run, gets behind the line and defends this one down the track

28.3

Mendis to Smith, 1 run, flighted delivery, homes in towards legstump, yorks the batsman who gets his bat down just in time

28.4

Mendis to DM Bravo, no run, middle stump this time, blocked back to the bowler

28.5

Mendis to DM Bravo, no run, spins away after pitching just outside off, guided to gully

28.6

Mendis to DM Bravo, 2 runs, length ball on the pads, whipped down to long leg for a couple

End of over 29 (9 runs) West Indies 98/1
DM Bravo    55* (89b 9x4)      BAW Mendis    6-2-20-0
DS Smith    39* (85b 5x4)      CRD Fernando    5-1-27-0

29.1

Fernando to Smith, 2 runs, West Indies make it to a hundred, punched towards long-on for another two

29.2

Fernando to Smith, FOUR, Fernando proving expensive here, a full toss on offstump, batsman gets an outside edge as he looks to drive towards extra cover, edge takes the ball past gully for four

29.3

Fernando to Smith, 1 run, dropped, a difficult chance for Samaraweera, short of length delivery from Fernando, Smith throws his bat at it and the ball travels quickly low and to Samaraweera's right, he gets his hands to it but can't hold on to it

29.4

Fernando to DM Bravo, 1 run, on the pads, tucked in front of square for a single

29.5

Fernando to Smith, 1 run, length delivery on the pads, Fernando grunts as he delivers that one, whipped behind square leg

29.6

Fernando to DM Bravo, no run, short of length on legstump, shows the full face of the bat as he defends off the back foot

Srikanth: "While the stats thrown up about the rankings sounds impressive, I will be more than happy to see a result first and will be happier if WI were to go up 1-0. Though I doubt if it can signal a revival from the WI, it would atleast show the world that there is still some hope for WI to regain its lost glory. Very heartening to see Darren Bravo find his way inside the team so easily. Looks like he has a feel for the game and is set to play patiently"

End of over 30 (9 runs) West Indies 107/1
DM Bravo    56* (91b 9x4)      CRD Fernando    6-1-36-0
DS Smith    47* (89b 6x4)      BAW Mendis    6-2-20-0

30.1

Mendis to Smith, 2 runs, on the pads, guided behind square leg for a couple, Fernando fields

30.2

Mendis to Smith, no run, defends off the front foot

30.3

Mendis to Smith, no run, length ball on leg stump, gets nicely forward and blocks

30.4

Mendis to Smith, no run, fuller and well outside off, deadbatted by Smith

30.5

Mendis to Smith, 1 run, Smith gets to his half-century by slashing that one towards sweeper cover

30.6

Mendis to DM Bravo, no run, length ball on middle, a solid forward defensive

End of over 31 (3 runs) West Indies 110/1
DM Bravo    56* (92b 9x4)      BAW Mendis    7-2-23-0
DS Smith    50* (94b 6x4)      CRD Fernando    6-1-36-0

31.1

Fernando to Smith, FOUR, Shot! Smith pulls powerfully as Fernando drops short, taken from outside off, and that is dispatched to the wide long-on boundary

31.2

Fernando to Smith, no run, good response from Fernando, length ball just outside off, gets the outside edge and the ball reaches Samaraweera at gully on the bounce

31.3

Fernando to Smith, no run, and another good delivery from Fernando, Smith fishes at it outside off but is beaten by the angle

31.4

Fernando to Smith, 1 run, length ball on the pads, defended towards midwicket

31.5

Fernando to DM Bravo, no run, huge appeal for caught behind after Bravo swings at a length ball outside off, seemed to be a sound as the ball passed the bat on the way to the keeper, umpire doesn't think that is out, Sri Lanka discuss for a while before Sangakkara calls for a referral, hard to say whether that was bat hitting ground or an outside edge, so Bravo survives

31.6

Fernando to DM Bravo, no run, short of length ball on middle and off, defended off the backfoot towards the bowler

Valerio: "Surprise, surprise. Day 1, 1-100. My kingdom for some good bowlers and some wickets."

End of over 32 (5 runs) West Indies 115/1
DM Bravo    56* (94b 9x4)      CRD Fernando    7-1-41-0
DS Smith    55* (98b 7x4)      BAW Mendis    7-2-23-0

32.1

Mendis to Smith, no run, spinning down the leg side, Smith looks to glance it, appeal for caught-behind but that was probably off the pad

32.2

Mendis to Smith, OUT, this time the umpire's finger goes up, Smith can't believe he has been given lbw, that was the carrom ball from Mendis, comes onto the batsman quickly and turns in, Smith was on the backfoot looking to defend, the ball pitched on off and hit Smith in front of middle, not sure why Smith thought he had been hard done by

DS Smith lbw b Mendis 55 (140m 100b 7x4 0x6) SR: 55.00

Mark Kidger replies: "The rankings rise for the West Indies would reflect the modest progress that they have made since their nadir. It would also be a second "Big 5" scalp for them in 2 years. At least it would encourage players and fans that better times might be coming."

32.3

Mendis to Chanderpaul, 1 no ball, no-ball from Mendis as he fires in a fullish delivery outside off

32.3

Mendis to Chanderpaul, no run, Chanderpaul looks to defend off the front foot, gets an inside-edge towards midwicket

32.4

Mendis to Chanderpaul, no run, flighted and full, on legstump, blocked to the leg side

32.5

Mendis to Chanderpaul, no run, length ball from Mendis, pitching outside off and turning in, Chanderpaul defends to the off side

Slip, short leg and silly point in place

32.6

Mendis to Chanderpaul, 1 run, overpitched on middle, Chanderpaul tucks that behind square leg to get off the mark

Chum: "What's the point of having a UDRS system without any aides (eg. Hotspot) to assist the 3rd umpire?" Good question.

End of over 33 (2 runs) West Indies 117/2
S Chanderpaul    1* (5b)      BAW Mendis    8-2-25-1
DM Bravo    56* (94b 9x4)      CRD Fernando    7-1-41-0

Three slips for Fernando

33.1

Fernando to Chanderpaul, no run, length ball outside off, Chanderpaul happy to leave that one alone

33.2

Fernando to Chanderpaul, no run, short of length ball pitching on off and angling away, Chanderpaul stuck on the back foot, plays inside the line of the delivery

33.3

Fernando to Chanderpaul, 1 run, length ball on the pads, nurdled towards square leg for a single

Rob in Liberia: "Growing up in the Caribbean we are a superstitious people, so can we quell all this talk of Rankings until the end of the match, we don't want To Jinx the WI performance!"

33.4

Fernando to DM Bravo, 1 run, Fernando has no luck going today, dropped by Jayawardene at third slip, it was a simpler chance than the one Samaraweera put down, nice catch-able height and not too far away to his left, it was a healthy edge, Fernando wonders what he has to do to get a wicket. Get the batsman bowled, probably

33.5

Fernando to Chanderpaul, no run, short of length and outside off, left alone

33.6

Fernando to Chanderpaul, no run, Chanderpaul defends solidly back down the pitch

End of over 34 (2 runs) West Indies 119/2
S Chanderpaul    2* (10b)      CRD Fernando    8-1-43-0
DM Bravo    57* (95b 9x4)      BAW Mendis    8-2-25-1

34.1

Mendis to DM Bravo, no run, length ball outside off, Bravo defended towards point and sets off before a scream from Chanderpaul makes him turn back

34.2

Mendis to DM Bravo, no run, careful forward defense from /bravo

34.3

Mendis to DM Bravo, 1 run, loopy ball from Mendis, on the pads, nudged towards midwicket for a single

34.4

Mendis to Chanderpaul, no run, flighted by Mendis, full on the pads, defended to the leg side

34.5

Mendis to Chanderpaul, 1 run, full and flatter outside off pushed towards mid-off off the front foot

34.6

Mendis to DM Bravo, no run, defended to the off side off the front foot

End of over 35 (2 runs) West Indies 121/2
DM Bravo    58* (99b 9x4)      BAW Mendis    9-2-27-1
S Chanderpaul    3* (12b)      CRD Fernando    8-1-43-0

35.1

Fernando to Chanderpaul, no run, full delivery, just outside off, Chanderpaul moves across and pushes the ball towards mid-off

35.2

Fernando to Chanderpaul, 2 runs, full and wide, Chanderpaul plays away from his body but connects well as he punches that one in front of point

35.3

Fernando to Chanderpaul, no run, length ball angling across, gets a bit of an edge again, reaches gully after a bounce

35.4

Fernando to Chanderpaul, no run, short ball on off, Chanderpaul gets beside the line of the ball and defends to the off side

Tim from Australia jokes: "If Bravo can get his next 5800 runs at this average then he’s Bradman"

35.5

Fernando to Chanderpaul, no run, length ball on off, Chanderpaul gets behind the line and defends down the track

Fernando round the wicket

35.6

Fernando to Chanderpaul, no run, short of length and not close enough to the stumps to worry the batsman

End of over 36 (2 runs) West Indies 123/2
S Chanderpaul    5* (18b)      CRD Fernando    9-1-45-0
DM Bravo    58* (99b 9x4)      BAW Mendis    9-2-27-1

36.1

Mendis to DM Bravo, no run, poked towards gully off the back foot

Valerio is in a generous mood today: "Surprise, surprise. Another batsman with a 50+ average dropping a catch. My kingdom for some good fieldsman and a decent pitch."

36.2

Mendis to DM Bravo, no run, full on the pads, defended to short leg

36.3

Mendis to DM Bravo, no run, length ball on middle, carefully blocked off the front foot

36.4

Mendis to DM Bravo, no run, shorter this time, and going across the batsman, who defends to the off side

36.5

Mendis to DM Bravo, 1 run, spins away sharply from the batsman, who gets the room to cut it towards sweeper cover

36.6

Mendis to Chanderpaul, no run, a bit short from Mendis, on legstump, worked to backward square leg

That'll be drinks.

Anthony from T&T: "@Valerio how about your kingdom for some decent weather and 5 full days of cricket?"

Tony cozier says it has become darker in the last 15 minutes.

End of over 37 (1 run) West Indies 124/2
S Chanderpaul    5* (19b)      BAW Mendis    10-2-28-1
DM Bravo    59* (104b 9x4)      CRD Fernando    9-1-45-0

37.1

Fernando to DM Bravo, 1 run, length ball on legstump, worked to square leg for a single

37.2

Fernando to Chanderpaul, no run, short of length and just outside off, Chanderpaul makes that long trek from outside leg, where he starts, to get behind the line and defend

37.3

Fernando to Chanderpaul, no run, length ball, again Fernando grunts with the effort, just outside off, Chanderpaul is happy to leave it alone

37.4

Fernando to Chanderpaul, 2 runs, a full toss from Fernando, pretty high, well above knee-height, on middle and leg, Chanderpaul adjusts and punches the ball towards mid-on

Fernando switches to round the wicket, he has three slips

37.5

Fernando to Chanderpaul, no run, length ball homing into offstump, punched off the front foot towards mid-off by Chanderpaul

Ash asks: "Is there any reason why Herath hasnt got a ball?" Have been wondering the same thing

37.6

Fernando to Chanderpaul, 2 runs, on middle and leg from Fernando, eased towards mid-on by Chanderpaul

End of over 38 (5 runs) West Indies 129/2
S Chanderpaul    9* (24b)      CRD Fernando    10-1-50-0
DM Bravo    60* (105b 9x4)      BAW Mendis    10-2-28-1

38.1

Mendis to DM Bravo, 1 run, shortish ball from Mendis, on offstump, pushed to the off side

38.2

Mendis to Chanderpaul, no run, full and just outside off, eased towards the off side

38.3

Mendis to Chanderpaul, no run, on middle and leg this time, defended off the front foot

Getting dimmer and dimmer in Pallekele

38.4

Mendis to Chanderpaul, 1 run, a lovely drive from Chanderpaul, Mathews throws himself to his right at mid-on and fields

38.5

Mendis to DM Bravo, 1 run, Bravo jabs that one in front of point for a single

38.6

Mendis to Chanderpaul, no run, pushed to mid-on by Chanderpaul

Romero: "Mate, how about a column to show the number of no balls bowled? I just want to see if Dilhara has got his quota of no balls for the day !!!" Our 'full scorecard' tab has the details. You will be saddened to know, Fernando hasn't overstepped all day.

Dilshan brought into the attack. Both batsmen decide they don't want their helmets anymore and ask for their maroon caps.

End of over 39 (3 runs) West Indies 132/2
S Chanderpaul    10* (28b)      BAW Mendis    11-2-31-1
DM Bravo    62* (107b 9x4)      CRD Fernando    10-1-50-0

39.1

Dilshan to DM Bravo, no run, length ball well outside off, left alone

39.2

Dilshan to DM Bravo, 1 run, short from Dilshan, batsman gets on the backfoot and carves that one towards sweeper cover

Dilshan's been bowling round the wicket all over

39.3

Dilshan to Chanderpaul, no run, fuller and outside off, defended to the off side

39.4

Dilshan to Chanderpaul, 1 run, takes a single towards deep extra cover

39.5

Dilshan to DM Bravo, no run, full and just outside off, defended carefully off the front foot

39.6

Dilshan to DM Bravo, no run, length ball just outside off, driven towards mid-off

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Plenty of readers pointing out that Bravo's average is now greater than 100.

Bad news Bad light has stopped play again. The players troop off. That might well be the end of the day's play. There's still 45 minutes for the scheduled close.

A satisfactory day for West Indies after they lost the toss and then Chris Gayle first ball. Sri Lanka's bowlers weren't at the top of their game, not hassling the West Indian batsmen enough. Darren Bravo was the star of the day, continuing to excite fans with his uncanny resemblance of the great Lara and with his patience and shot selection. Devon Smith was less easy on the eye, but made an important half-century after coming into the side for the flu-stricken Adrian Barath. For Sri Lanka, Dilhara Fernando made a decent return: he started off waywardly, but his second spell was much better, good pace and was unlucky to see a couple of chances dropped off his bowling.

Play has officially been called off for the day.

Andrew Fernando, after being our meteorologist for the day, will send in his bulletin of the day's play soon.

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End of over 40 (2 runs) West Indies 134/2
DM Bravo    63* (111b 9x4)      TM Dilshan    3-0-4-0
S Chanderpaul    11* (30b)      BAW Mendis    11-2-31-1

Right, Shiv Chanders picks a bail and scratches out his guard, Darren Bravo stands and scowls much like Brian Lara would while assessing the day ahead. Lakmal has the ball. Here we go.

From one left-hand legend to another - the beauty of cricket is that it allows the distinct styles of a Lara and a Michael Bevan to coexist. Here's Bevan on why his Test career never took off, despite his Bradmanesque one-day record.

Great news first up - the sun is out, the clouds are nowhere to be seen for now. We should have a timely start. While we wait for that, here's Brian Lara in a four-part interview about his future plans, and guess what - the IPL features in them.

Ayubowan! Yoh Wah gwaan! That's hello in Sinhalese and Jamaican, and they sound uncannily close to each other. Much like these two teams at the end of a rain-affected first day. Not much to choose so far between the two sides in this decisive Test in lovely Pallekele. Here's hoping for a full day's action on Day 2. We should be beginning in ten minutes, ie local time 0945 hours. West Indies are currently at 134 for 2, that's six short of a twitter update. You can find more of those at @ESPNcricinfo - 140 characters of all the cricket you will ever need.

40.1

Lakmal to Chanderpaul, no run, no first-ball wicket today for Lakmal, angles away wide of Chanders who sees it float past

Shiv is standing a foot outside the crease and he's standing how a normal batsman would stand if the bowler is running in from wide mid-on. Gotta love this guy.

40.2

Lakmal to Chanderpaul, 2 runs, and he's away, clipping one angling into the pads through midwicket for a brace. Nicely timed

40.3

Lakmal to Chanderpaul, no run, shuffles across to off stump to cover the line of a delivery angling across but homing on the stumps. Defends it away easily

40.4

Lakmal to Chanderpaul, no run, and again, Lakmal makes Chanders play it on the off stump line, he moves across and plays with a straight bat

40.5

Lakmal to Chanderpaul, no run, 134 kph, a hint of inward movement this time makes Chanders play it in front of middle. Defended sedately down the track

40.6

Lakmal to Chanderpaul, no run, finishes with a teaser angling a foot outside off and Chanders leaves.

I am Nitin Sundar, your commentator for today. Venkat Raghav is counting up the scores. Andrew Fernando in Pallekele is on the bulletin as always.

End of over 41 (2 runs) West Indies 136/2
S Chanderpaul    13* (36b)      RAS Lakmal    11-3-22-1
DM Bravo    63* (111b 9x4)      TM Dilshan    3-0-4-0

Eric: "Sun is out? No clouds? I am sure I got off bed but some confusion weather I m dreaming or not." Such is life. Fernando has the ball. Dilhara, that is, not bulletin man Andrew.

41.1

Fernando to DM Bravo, no run, begins with one sliding down the leg and Darren doesn't want to do anything with it

41.2

Fernando to DM Bravo, 1 run, bangs it short, at 133 kph and it climbs appreciably outside off, Darren stands tall and drops it to the off side for a single

41.3

Fernando to Chanderpaul, 1 run, over-pitched on the pads and Chanders digs it out wide of mid-on. He got that to swing inwards and Chanders had to adjust, but managed to keep it out. Quick single taken.,

41.4

Fernando to DM Bravo, no run, shifts to the line outside off and Darren leaves

41.5

Fernando to DM Bravo, FOUR, lovely shot. Darren Bravo cover-drives, and no, not with the flourish of Lara, but with the more conventional flow. It was over-pitched outside off and he leaned out to caress it. The body momentum was going into the shot, in perfect harmony with the bat-swing. All is well in the world when such a lovely cover drive is played.

41.6

Fernando to DM Bravo, no run, slower off cutter nipping away from outside off this time and Darren lets it go

End of over 42 (6 runs) West Indies 142/2
DM Bravo    68* (116b 10x4)      CRD Fernando    11-1-56-0
S Chanderpaul    14* (37b)      RAS Lakmal    11-3-22-1

42.1

Lakmal to Chanderpaul, no run, good stuff, Lakmal is attacking Chanders' stumps, at 134 kph and a bit on inward bend off the seam, Chanders covers the line hastily and defends

42.2

Lakmal to Chanderpaul, no run, and again, fuller, faster and more movement, Chanders arrests that big shuffle across and looks in a mess as he works it to midwicket, but that's his method

42.3

Lakmal to Chanderpaul, no run, this one holds its line and angles away across Chanders who looks at it closely but leaves

42.4

Lakmal to Chanderpaul, no run, closer to the line of off, but not close enough to make Chanders play. He drags the bat inside the line and lets it sail through

42.5

Lakmal to Chanderpaul, no run, back of a length on middle and off, Chanders tries to steer it off the back foot, but gets an inside edge onto his boot

42.6

Lakmal to Chanderpaul, no run, nice attacking stuff from Lakmal. Gets one to cut away from leg and middle, at 134 kph. Chanders spots the deviation and covers the line to defend to the off side

End of over 43 (maiden) West Indies 142/2
S Chanderpaul    14* (43b)      RAS Lakmal    12-4-22-1
DM Bravo    68* (116b 10x4)      CRD Fernando    11-1-56-0

43.1

Fernando to DM Bravo, OUT, given out lbw and Darren asks for a referral immediately. This could be interesting. Dilhara pitched it up and landed it just in line with leg stump and it straightened. You could see middle and off as Darren played around it and it thudded into his pads. Oxenford's finger went up in a flash, but Darren reckoned it was going down. Replays say he was wrong. That was taking out leg. West Indies have lost Darren Bravo, and with him, a referral

DM Bravo lbw b Fernando 68 (195m 117b 10x4 0x6) SR: 58.11

Huge wicket to start off for Sri Lanka. They have an early go now, at the middle order. Dilhara steams in.

That was a stupendous decision by Oxenford. Not an easy one for the naked eye.

43.2

Fernando to Nash, no run, another full ball, but well outside off and Nash, the new man in, leaves.

43.3

Fernando to Nash, no run, shoulders arms to another one swinging away at 134 kph.

43.4

Fernando to Nash, no run, extra bounce this time, from just short of a length at 134 kph. No lateral movement though, easy leave for Nash again

43.5

Fernando to Nash, no run, caught napping on the back foot with a full sucker ball outside off. Nash moved forward reluctantly and very late, and swished the cover drive with his feet not getting across. It went nowhere.

43.6

Fernando to Nash, no run, bangs in a bouncer on leg stump, short enough for Nash to duck under.

Thisara: "I am just happy for Fernando... just didn't want to see the decision reversed, after all the drop catches yesterday... Interestingly enough, SL bowling coach Mr Ramanayake said in the Pres Conf. that it could be Fernando's day today."

End of over 44 (wicket maiden) West Indies 142/3
BP Nash    0* (5b)      CRD Fernando    12-2-56-1
S Chanderpaul    14* (43b)      RAS Lakmal    12-4-22-1

44.1

Lakmal to Chanderpaul, no run, Lakmal whips in at 136 kph on middle and leg, Chanders gets behind the line and defends from the crease

No offence, but if the aliens landed on earth and you wanted to get them hooked to cricket, you wouldn't show them Chanders batting. Or Simon Katich for that matter.

44.2

Lakmal to Chanderpaul, no run, lovely delivery, sharp bounce and the perfect line and length to commit Chanders into an indiscreet poke. It took all his experience to yank the bat away as it reared up. Missed the edge by whiskers. Thuds into Prasanna's gloves

44.3

Lakmal to Chanderpaul, no run, short of good length and angling away, Chanders motions across and leaves

44.4

Lakmal to Chanderpaul, no run, fuller and on off stump, Chanders covers the line confidently and defends.

44.5

Lakmal to Chanderpaul, no run, here comes the bouncer, he is working to a smart plan here Lakmal, trying to get Chanders in two minds. This time though, he spots it early and ducks under it as it whizzes up from leg stump line

44.6

Lakmal to Chanderpaul, no run, opens the face and steers an off cutter from middle and off line towards point. Good over from Lakmal

End of over 45 (maiden) West Indies 142/3
S Chanderpaul    14* (49b)      RAS Lakmal    13-5-22-1
BP Nash    0* (5b)      CRD Fernando    12-2-56-1

45.1

Fernando to Nash, no run, Dilhara offers Nash width outside off, but he cannot capitalise to open his account. Mis-times the cut straight to point

Moves round the wicket this time. One slip moves out to extra cover.

45.2

Fernando to Nash, FOUR, better ball than the previous one, but a far better shot from Nash who crunches out the cut despite not having much room to work with. Keeps it fine of point and it flies away to the boundary.

Deep point is pushed back immediately. What's with these defensive captains?!

45.3

Fernando to Nash, 1 run, looking for the swing again, full and moving in towards leg stump, Nash manages to squeeze it through midwicket for runs

45.4

Fernando to Chanderpaul, no run, away movement this time, 134 kph, on a McGrathesque length outside off and nipping away nicely. Chanders thinks of playing but decides to leave.

45.5

Fernando to Chanderpaul, no run, a touch wider outside off and Chanders leaves more easily this time.

45.6

Fernando to Chanderpaul, 1 run, looking for a yorker, but gives him a full toss on off and Chanders was clearly taken by surprise. Eventually managed to poke it out square for a single

End of over 46 (6 runs) West Indies 148/3
S Chanderpaul    15* (52b)      CRD Fernando    13-2-62-1
BP Nash    5* (8b 1x4)      RAS Lakmal    13-5-22-1

46.1

Lakmal to Chanderpaul, no run, sucker ball from Lakmal, floated wide outside off and Chanders leaves.

Chanders has not been in the best touch recently, but if he survives this examination, he could be onto something special here.

46.2

Lakmal to Chanderpaul, no run, full on off stump and angling across, Chanders opens the face and guides it to the off side

46.3

Lakmal to Chanderpaul, no run, that's the kind of leave that makes leaving an art. Barely inches wide of off stump line, but playing it could have been dangerous as it took off from back of a length. Chanders did the math well and pulled out at the last moment

46.4

Lakmal to Chanderpaul, 2 runs, ooh, he didn't quite spot the change in length on that one. Full on leg stump and cutting across, Chanders was looking to play it down the ground but got a thickish outside edge through cover point

46.5

Lakmal to Chanderpaul, no run, more assurance this time, moves across into line and opens the face to steer it backwards of point

46.6

Lakmal to Chanderpaul, no run, an appeal muted at conception. Back of a length and landing well outside leg, Chanders gets across as he always does and looks to work it to the leg side. Hits him outside the line of leg too.

End of over 47 (2 runs) West Indies 150/3
S Chanderpaul    17* (58b)      RAS Lakmal    14-5-24-1
BP Nash    5* (8b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    13-2-62-1

Sach: "If I wanted to get aliens hooked to cricket, I would show them Lara's batting. Batting to Lara was like playing the guitar to Jimi Hendrix." Word.

47.1

Fernando to Nash, no run, on middle and leg line from Dilhara, Nash gets inside the line and looks to work it to the leg side.

47.2

Fernando to Nash, 2 runs, nice punch from Nash. Not much room on offer, but he generated considerable bat speed as he played it with an open face off the backfoot and picked a couple through the covers

47.3

Fernando to Nash, FOUR, nicely done, Nash capitalises on a leg stump offering, working the wrists smartly to ensure the glance went fine enough to beat fine leg.

47.4

Fernando to Nash, no run, 135 kph, full and jagging in from off stump menacingly, Nash gets across, spots the movement and adjusts in time to work it to midwicket. Good delivery

47.5

Fernando to Nash, 2 runs, another authoritative punch from Nash, not looking to smash the ball, but just coaxing an over-pitched ball on off stump down the ground. Couple more to the score

47.6

Fernando to Nash, no run, good stuff this from Fernando, gets away shape this time from middle and off, Nash guides it with an open face to backward point.

End of over 48 (8 runs) West Indies 158/3
BP Nash    13* (14b 2x4)      CRD Fernando    14-2-70-1
S Chanderpaul    17* (58b)      RAS Lakmal    14-5-24-1

Richard: "No offense to you but your comment about Chanderpaul represents why some think Test cricket is dying. Chanders is amazing! My favorite Test player to watch. He is probably one of the most difficult players in the world to remove. Wish more players had his discipline. He is a throwback and I love it!"

Ah well, I am a fan of Chanders too by the way. Just that he's not the most aesthetically pleasing. "Not that there is anything wrong with it," as Jerry Seinfeld would say.

48.1

Lakmal to Chanderpaul, no run, here comes the bouncer, and here comes the mistimed pull. He did manage to keep it down though. Out to midwicket for no run

48.2

Lakmal to Chanderpaul, 2 runs, Chanders shuffles across inside the line and works it off the pads to deep backward square-leg for one

48.3

Lakmal to Chanderpaul, no run, slants this one away from off stump line, Chanders is seeing the ball closely here and knows which ones to leave. This one had to go and he let it go.

Evans sends in his alien picks. "For good batting I'd show them The Hus, for carnage hitting the man Gayle, for flare in shots Sehwag and for huge accumulations the man Amla."

48.4

Lakmal to Chanderpaul, 1 run, full ball on middle and off, Chanders is not caught by surprise and taps it to the covers for one

Two slips in place, makes sense given that Lakmal is angling them across the lefties all the time.

48.5

Lakmal to Nash, no run, like this one, but Nash middles the forward defensive, out into the covers

48.6

Lakmal to Nash, FOUR, thump. Nash has come in with a positive attitude. He gets the width and the length to cut, and obliges with a really well-timed shot. It rasps off the meat of the bat and scurries through point into the boundary

End of over 49 (7 runs) West Indies 165/3
BP Nash    17* (16b 3x4)      RAS Lakmal    15-5-31-1
S Chanderpaul    20* (62b)      CRD Fernando    14-2-70-1

49.1

Fernando to Chanderpaul, no run, full and wide outside off, Chanders continues to pick the ones to leave well

49.2

Fernando to Chanderpaul, no run, reaches out and across this time to defend towards mid off

49.3

Fernando to Chanderpaul, no run, easier leave this time for Chanders as it nips away from wide of off stump. Arms are shouldered.

49.4

Fernando to Chanderpaul, no run, goes for the blockhole, which can be a moving target when Chanders is on strike. He digs it out well as he shuffles across to off stump

49.5

Fernando to Chanderpaul, 2 runs, this one's too straight, Chanders gets inside the line smartly and deflects it through square leg for one

49.6

Fernando to Chanderpaul, no run, "Yes, no, may be, shall we? No way? Ok." Chanders pokes it out to cover point, takes off for a single, Nash is in two minds, Chanders hesitates, then eventually decides to turn back. No harm done.

End of over 50 (2 runs) West Indies 167/3
S Chanderpaul    22* (68b)      CRD Fernando    15-2-72-1
BP Nash    17* (16b 3x4)      RAS Lakmal    15-5-31-1
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