West Indies v Sri Lanka, tri-series, Port-of-Spain

Persistent rain pushes match to reserve day

The Report by Devashish Fuloria

July 7, 2013

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Rain stops play; to be completed on Monday
Sri Lanka 60 for 3 (Thirimanne 13*, Sangakkara 11*, Roach 2-19) v West Indies
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Kemar Roach in full cry as he appeals against Dinesh Chandimal, West Indies v Sri Lanka, West Indies tri-series, Port of Spain, July 7, 2013
West Indies' bowlers troubled the Sri Lankan batsmen on a pitch that afforded them consistent movement © AFP

Persistent rain in Port-of-Spain meant play was called off for the day after only 19 overs were bowled during Sri Lanka's innings. The match will continue from the current state on Monday.

West Indies, motivated by the appearance of the pitch, chose to field second time in a row, but unlike the previous match where they failed to make an early strike, this time, the bowlers found the right length on the pitch to topple Sri Lanka's top order while keeping their run-scoring in a leash. Kemar Roach was the wrecker-in-chief, bowling a menacing spell upfront and was it not for a long and patient vigil by Lahiru Thirimanne and Kumar Sangakkara, the situation could have been far worse for Sri Lanka.

While Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic were slugging it out like it was a hard court on the grass at Wimbledon, the pitch at Queen's Park Oval was offering bounce and expected sideways movement to excite the fast bowlers. Roach's first ball was certainly an indication of what he thought of the pitch as he ambled in and got a shortish delivery to rear towards Upul Tharanga's throat. It was harshly called a wide, but it was the tonic West Indies needed after beefing up their attack with three fast bowlers in addition to Darren Sammy.

The tall Jason Holder, playing his third ODI, was handed the other new ball and he started by extracting disconcerting bounce off a length, with some deliveries ending up head-high for the wicketkeeper. But he did the smart thing by repeatedly testing batsmen with fuller-length outswingers.

It was another full-length delivery that brought him his first wicket as Tharanga, who had been dropped by the wicketkeeper in the previous over, drove him uppishly to cover where Darren Bravo took a good sharp catch leaping to his right. Sri Lanka's troubles were compounded when they lost Mahela Jayawardene off the very next ball, a brute by Roach. It is seldom that Jayawardene looks ungainly even while getting out, but he was too late on a sharp bouncer and top-edged his pull to the front lid of his helmet and saw the ball popping in the air for the point fielder to take a simple catch.

Roach's best delivery was however the one that got Dinesh Chandimal, who hasn't been in any form, but even if he was, it is hard to see how he would have tackled it. The ball pitched on a length and cut in sharply to hit the top of off stump. Chandimal, who had gone forward to play a drive, was holding his pose, but the result left him shocked and embarrassed.

Sri Lanka limped to 50 for 3 after first 15 overs, with the 17 extras being the top-scorer in the scorecard. The rains came at the end of the 19th over to break West Indies' rhythm, while in a sunny London, Murray finally ended Britain's achingly long wait for a Wimbledon winner with a straight-set victory against the World No. 1.

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Posted by rijwan66 on (July 8, 2013, 17:25 GMT)

The decision made by the umpire is not fair and satisfactory in the tri series in West Indies. I think ICC should use DRS (Decision Review System) in every ODI Series.

Posted by meerkat55 on (July 8, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

you must joking Nigel Llong! There was one feet gab between the ball and Mendis's bat. It would be interesting to hear what he has to say.

Posted by Samuel-Rathnasiri on (July 8, 2013, 14:09 GMT)

@mark2011: Mr. Mark what are you talking about? Do you really think that any batsmen with iota of common sense would negotiate the prevailing conditions with ATTACK, while 3 down for 29? Negotiating a ball that is moving VERTICALLY from NORTH-Pole to SOUTH-Pole (off the pitch), and HORIZONTALLY from EAST to WEST or NORTH to SOUTH (in the air) is not what you think. Anyone who battered leather with willow would know that. Even WI bowlers & wicketkeeper found it hard to manage the MOVEMENT, ended up giving 17 extras! Under those conditions, following your methodology will make sure SL not reaching three-figure mark! Isn't it better try hard and put-up a score, that will give SL bowlers some chance to defend, if the same conditions prevailed?

Posted by ARJa on (July 8, 2013, 13:38 GMT)

Looks like WI vs SL final. Seems as if it would be continuous rain till the finals. If the remaining two games don't have results, WI would go through due to points and SL due to NRR.

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (July 8, 2013, 12:38 GMT)

Don't call this ODI, call this LOM (limited overs match). Test matches are limited by days, LOM are limited by overs. If test match being played across different days is fair, LOM is fair as well.

WI are a flash in the pan kind of a team. When Gayle or Charles score big, WI win otherwise they simply fizzle out. And these batsmen score ones in a blue moon. So, nothing is really lost for SL. Their batsmen simply need to give their bowlers a reasonable chance to win by scoring about 225+ and then their fans have to pray that Gayle or Charles do not score today. Game over!

Posted by bumsteer on (July 8, 2013, 12:23 GMT)

That is one great photo!... very ...appealing

Posted by Haleos on (July 8, 2013, 10:36 GMT)

It would have been worse for SL had the game been reduced and then having to continue next day. This atleast is fair to both teams. SL would have played in this way irrespective of rain.

Posted by beggars on (July 8, 2013, 9:53 GMT)

Its windies all the way!! Srilanka are a great side but somehow they fail to deliver in crunch situations.Both teams do not want to play India on current form but do they have choice??.Srilanka will lose to windies and India will beat Windies.

Posted by Sunman81 on (July 8, 2013, 8:53 GMT)

The picture in the article will evoke good response if posted for a caption contest... The continuing the game in the reserve day means a lot for the broadcoasters since the timing will be slightly better for the Asian viewers... :)

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