Sri Lanka tour of West Indies, 2007/08 / Commentary

Sri Lanka in West Indies Test Series - 2nd Test

West Indies v Sri Lanka

West Indies won by 6 wickets

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

Hello and a warm welcome to the second Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka. I am Sriram Veera and will be bringing you all the action from this Test.

Toss: Gayle has won and chosen to bowl.

Team: Benn and Ryan Hinds are out and Fidel Edwards and Chattergoon are in. Hmm.. Interesting. So no Amit Jaggernauth.

It looks like a good Test wicket, with lots of grass but there are some bare areas as well. Experts reckon the cracks that are there might open up later. (This I picked from TV, so don't shoot me if it goes wrong!)

The lovely Caribbeancricket.com is buzzing as usual. Who is in the doghouse, you ask? Chanders aka Shivnarine Chanderpaul, for abandoning a cricket match in the middle to attend a awards ceremony. Also, Benn v Amit Jaggernauth selection issue is hot as ever. Arawak, the moderator there, has started a furious thread on the motivations of the Trinidad posters there. I have no way of knowing whether he is wrong or right, but it does make for a rather interesting read, full of passionate, and at times humourous,arguments. I know, whenever I have done commentary involving Windies game, I keep referring to that CC.com. But, boss, it's a pretty good site. Visit. If there is any great Sri Lankan forum out there, do let me know. I will have a look, peruse before pimping for it here.

0.1

Powell to Vandort, no run, 82.5 mph length delivery in the zone outside off stump, angling away and is left alone. Taufel and Billy Bowden are the umpires. Three slips, short leg and a gully in

0.2

Powell to Vandort, no run, Ooh huge appeal for lbw. Full, fast and straight. That is out. It landed on a length, on the middle and straightened. The bat was late in coming around, the front leg pressed across and it looked pretty dead plumb. Bowden doesn't agree and that is that.

0.3

Powell to Vandort, no run, Another big shout. This one perhaps, might have missed leg. Another one that straightened and again Vandort was late in getting his bat around the front pad. Don't push that leg so across, boss, you could be in trouble.

0.4

Powell to Vandort, no run

0.5

Powell to Vandort, no run, Slanted across Vandort who shoulders arms

0.6

Powell to Vandort, no run, full and on the leg side, and bounds off the pad to short leg where its fielded well .

End of over 1 (maiden) Sri Lanka 0/0
MG Vandort    0* (6b)      DBL Powell    1-1-0-0
SM Warnapura    0* (0b)     

1.1

Taylor to Warnapura, no run, The left handers are in trouble here. Warnapura, this time, plants the front leg a touch across and is struck on the pad as the ball curves in. Going down leg, though.

1.2

Taylor to Warnapura, no run, There is some movement on offer here. This one curved in sharply from outside off and Warnapura left it alone. VVS Laxman did it in Ahmedabad earlier today and saw his off bail flying off into thin air.

1.3

Taylor to Warnapura, no run, wasted bouncer down leg side

1.4

Taylor to Warnapura, no run, length delivery, shaping in from just outside off and Warnapura gets confidently behind the line and pushes it out to the off side

1.5

Taylor to Warnapura, no run, bounces as it comes in and strikes him high on the thigh pad.

1.6

Taylor to Warnapura, FOUR, short and Warnapura is quick to latch on to it, pulling past square leg. Very well played. It's going to be a test for the batsmen out there. They are going to play and miss and they would feel tremendously satisfied if they get a good score on this track

End of over 2 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 4/0
SM Warnapura    4* (6b 1x4)      JE Taylor    1-0-4-0
MG Vandort    0* (6b)      DBL Powell    1-1-0-0

2.1

Powell to Vandort, no run, he is gunning for that lbw. Again coming in after landing on a length around middle and Vandort takes care this time not to get his front leg too much across and pushes it back.

2.2

Powell to Vandort, no run, tries to take this one away but the release wasn't perfect and Vandort picks it early and shoulders arms

2.3

Powell to Vandort, no run, full and hint of inswing and Vandort drives impressively - he got into a perfect position for that - to mid-on.

2.4

Powell to Vandort, no run, on a length, around that middle and leg and Vandort doesn't get too much on the front foot, just leans forward to tuck it to short leg

Three slips and a short leg in.

2.5

Powell to Vandort, no run, on the off stump line and Vandort carefully pushes it to covers

2.6

Powell to Vandort, no run, fuller, further up, right up there around the off stump and Vandort, struck on the crease, jabs it back to the bowler.

End of over 3 (maiden) Sri Lanka 4/0
MG Vandort    0* (12b)      DBL Powell    2-2-0-0
SM Warnapura    4* (6b 1x4)      JE Taylor    1-0-4-0

3.1

Taylor to Warnapura, FOUR, Warnapura continues to show that he will be a busy player. This one was a tad short in length, angling away from him and he got into the position and steered it to third man boundary.

3.2

Taylor to Warnapura, no run, fuller, outside off and pushed away to the off side.

3.3

Taylor to Warnapura, no run, angling across from a length and is left alone

3.4

Taylor to Warnapura, FOUR, There goes Warnapura again. He likes to pull, he showed it in the last Test match and continues to play that shot here. Banged in short, the right leg went up in the air and he pulled it past square leg

3.5

Taylor to Warnapura, no run, length delivery, shaping in from just outside off and Warnapura gets confidently behind the line and pushes it out to the off side

3.6

Taylor to Warnapura, no run, full pitched, on the off stump line, driven back to the bowler

End of over 4 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 12/0
SM Warnapura    12* (12b 3x4)      JE Taylor    2-0-12-0
MG Vandort    0* (12b)      DBL Powell    2-2-0-0

4.1

Powell to Vandort, 1 wide

4.1

Powell to Vandort, no run, wayward full toss, well outside off. Again, the release went awry.

Aman Harees and a quite a few Sri Lankans have hit me with this website: "go to slcricket.com which has over 20, 000 passionate cricket crazy fans! There is hot debate over amarasinghe playing and whether samaraweera should play! have a nice one." I will do so in the lunch break.

4.2

Powell to Vandort, FOUR, That's his first boundary. Full pitched, on the legs and Vandort creams it through square leg. Flicked away.

Aman Harees and quite a few Sri Lankans have hit me with this website: "go to slcricket.com which has over 20, 000 passionate cricket crazy fans! There is hot debate over amarasinghe playing and whether samaraweera should play! " I will do so in the lunch break.

4.3

Powell to Vandort, no run, outside off, left alone

4.4

Powell to Vandort, FOUR, Creamed through covers. Overpitched outside off and the tall Vandort crouched, didn't move his front foot across and drove it through the off-side field.

4.5

Powell to Vandort, no run, length delivery on the off stump line and is pushed to cover point.

4.6

Powell to Vandort, no run, short and rising outside off, left alone

End of over 5 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 21/0
MG Vandort    8* (18b 2x4)      DBL Powell    3-2-9-0
SM Warnapura    12* (12b 3x4)      JE Taylor    2-0-12-0

5.1

Taylor to Warnapura, no run, dropped by Bravo! Straight forward chance at third slip. Probing delivery outside off and Warnapura pushed hard at it. The resultant edge saw the ball go to the right of Bravo, who dropped two catches in the first Test, and he clanged it. Regulation catch.

5.2

Taylor to Warnapura, no run

5.3

Taylor to Warnapura, 2 runs, angling away from Warnapura who reaches out and pushes it through cover point for couple of runs

5.4

Taylor to Warnapura, FOUR, What do they say? Insult to the injury right? Warnapura stretches well across and drives a full delivery to cover boundary. Wonder what Bravo is thinking.

5.5

Taylor to Warnapura, no run, corrects his length, pings the good length and keeps it just outside off and is left alone

5.6

Taylor to Warnapura, FOUR, edged past Bravo at third slip again. This one was difficult - it flew fast and to the left of Bravo, who dived full stretch but couldn't reach it. Another length delivery around the off stump and shaping away a touch. Warnapura was squared-up and ended up pushing too hard.

End of over 6 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 31/0
SM Warnapura    22* (18b 5x4)      JE Taylor    3-0-22-0
MG Vandort    8* (18b 2x4)      DBL Powell    3-2-9-0

6.1

Powell to Vandort, no run, ouch. Bouncer crashes into the right shoulder and ricochets on to the helmet grill. It was on the middle stump and Vandort had it covered, dropping his wrists down but he didn't expect the ball to straighten.

6.2

Powell to Vandort, no run

6.3

Powell to Vandort, no run, full pitched, outside off, Vandort crouches to off drive but the bat handle rotates in his hands and the ball limps across to the off side

6.4

Powell to Vandort, no run, even full, dug out to mid-off. SL are on 31 without loss of any wicket. Pretty good start, this.

6.5

Powell to Vandort, no run, bangs it short again but this one doesn't straighten and Vandort sways away without any damage

6.6

Powell to Vandort, 1 leg bye, fuller - right thought but doesn't get the line right - and it swings to the pads

End of over 7 (1 run, maiden) Sri Lanka 32/0
MG Vandort    8* (24b 2x4)      DBL Powell    4-3-9-0
SM Warnapura    22* (18b 5x4)      JE Taylor    3-0-22-0

First time Vandort will face Taylor

7.1

Taylor to Vandort, no run, leans forward to push a full delivery to covers

Hello! Do we have rain here? The ground staff are getting ready with covers.

7.2

Taylor to Vandort, no run, full and outside off, left alone

7.3

Taylor to Vandort, no run, length delivery, shaping away a touch and jabbed to point.

No signs of rain, yet. May be I am blind. But the groundstaff are expecting it to pelt any time soon.

7.4

Taylor to Vandort, no run, beaten. Full and angling away, Vandort plants his front foot across and then stops the movement. He seemed struck on that front foot but went for the drive and was beaten

7.5

Taylor to Vandort, no run, doesn't flirt at this one and the 'keeper gathers.

7.6

Taylor to Vandort, no run, beaten again. This was a length delivery and it looked as if Vandort was thinking about not offering a stroke before a late decision saw him having a lame poke.

End of over 8 (maiden) Sri Lanka 32/0
MG Vandort    8* (30b 2x4)      JE Taylor    4-1-22-0
SM Warnapura    22* (18b 5x4)      DBL Powell    4-3-9-0

The carib girls are dancing away. Not many people at the ground, though. Pity.

8.1

Powell to Warnapura, no run, Full and moving away from the batsman who lets it alone

8.2

Powell to Warnapura, no run, down the leg side and Ramdin gathers.

Holding is on air and says he thought the pitch would be quicker than this.

8.3

Powell to Warnapura, no run, bit more effort at the release but that meant the release wasn't perfect and the ball was pushed too much across, easily left alone

8.4

Powell to Warnapura, no run, better; closer to that off stump, bit of bounce too but the batsman does well to withdraw his bat from the line.

8.5

Powell to Warnapura, no run, again a tad short and the batsman should be ok with that length. He shouldered arms.

8.6

Powell to Warnapura, no run, And again. Too short. You got to pitch it up. Easier said than done, of course.

End of over 9 (maiden) Sri Lanka 32/0
SM Warnapura    22* (24b 5x4)      DBL Powell    5-4-9-0
MG Vandort    8* (30b 2x4)      JE Taylor    4-1-22-0

9.1

Taylor to Vandort, 1 run, nice. From the batsmen ie. short in length, a tad outside off and Vandort tapped it close on the off side and off they rushed across for a single

Four slips and a gully now. Holding is pretty happy with that.

9.2

Taylor to Warnapura, FOUR, Take that! Risky on-the-up punchy drive through mid-off. He leaned forward to a length delivery and knifed it on the up. This bloke likes to be aggressive.

9.3

Taylor to Warnapura, no run, another length delivery, on the off stump this time and Warnapura takes the bottom-hand off the handle and pushes it away

9.4

Taylor to Warnapura, 1 run, lands on a length around off, cuts away a touch and Warnapura pushes it gently towards mid-off and they end up taking a rather comfortable single. Hmm..

9.5

Taylor to Vandort, no run, on the right length and cutting from the middle towards off, Vandort pushes the bat in front of the body and squeezes it to point

9.6

Taylor to Vandort, 1 run, fuller, on the stumps, tapped to the leg side

End of over 10 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 39/0
MG Vandort    10* (33b 2x4)      JE Taylor    5-1-29-0
SM Warnapura    27* (27b 6x4)      DBL Powell    5-4-9-0

No rain yet. A groundstaff runs in with some saw dust, I reckon, and does some repair work on the landing area.

10.1

Powell to Vandort, no run, dropped by Powell. Tough chance, though. Low full toss, from around the wickets, hit low to his left and he got a hand to it but couldn't hold on.

10.2

Powell to Vandort, FOUR, overpitched on the legs and is easily flicked through midwicket. That round-the-wickets angle made it easier.

Now he goes over the wicket.

10.3

Powell to Vandort, FOUR, Not that it matters if you keep bowling halfvolleys. This one is creamed through covers. SL galloping here.

10.4

Powell to Vandort, 1 run

10.5

Powell to Warnapura, no run, low full toss outside off , makes contact on the bottom of the bat and rolls away towards covers

10.6

Powell to Warnapura, 2 leg byes, short of length, curves in towards the hips and bounds away to fine leg for leg byes. 50 up for Sri Lanka. Great start.

End of over 11 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 50/0
SM Warnapura    27* (29b 6x4)      DBL Powell    6-4-18-0
MG Vandort    19* (37b 4x4)      JE Taylor    5-1-29-0

11.1

Edwards to Vandort, 2 runs, starts off with a full delivery on the pads, tucked through midwicket for a single

11.2

Edwards to Vandort, no run, on the stumps, tapped to the on side

Brian Bachan from T&T is fuming: "In the last ten years one of the best bowlers if not the best bowler to have bowled for the West Indies was a spinner named Dinanath Ramnarine.No one remembers that.Look at the stats and the averages. Every country knows you need an agressive fast bowler, a swing bowler,and a spin bowler. All 3 need to be frontline bowlers and not batsmen who can turn their arms around. Why do WI keep selecting bowlers who all bowl the same thing? I am glad I had to work last minute today and was unable to go to the oval. This isn't Test Cricket. What's the test? The same type of bowlers over and over again? Why can't the leading bowlers of the regional series get a chance ????"

11.3

Edwards to Vandort, no run, full and again on that middle and leg line, driven to mid-on

11.4

Edwards to Vandort, no run, here comes his first bouncer. On the leg stump line, though and Vandort ducks.

11.5

Edwards to Vandort, no run, on a length, around the middle stump line and defended to the on side

11.6

Edwards to Vandort, no run

End of over 12 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 52/0
MG Vandort    21* (43b 4x4)      FH Edwards    1-0-2-0
SM Warnapura    27* (29b 6x4)      DBL Powell    6-4-18-0

12.1

Powell to Warnapura, no run, beaten teasing line outside off and Warnapura has a poke. Another rather late decision to have a waft.

12.2

Powell to Warnapura, no run, wasted delivery down the leg side and Ramdin dives to gather. The sparse crowd applaud Ramdin's effort.

12.3

Powell to Warnapura, no run, gets it right this time and pushes it in the zone outside off, left alone

There is a deep point in there and the Jimmy Adams, on air, seems rather vexed by that field placement.

12.4

Powell to Warnapura, FOUR, Full toss on the legs, flicked through the on side

12.5

Powell to Warnapura, FOUR, The runs keep coming. Warnapura unfurls a cover drive to move to 35. Fullish, outside off and drilled through covers.

12.6

Powell to Warnapura, no run, leans forward to a length delivery and defends to the off side. And drinks come on to the field. Sri Lanka are off to a fab start here.

Anthony from T&T: "I think they have treated Jaggie [Amit Jaggernauth] with disdain and contempt. Jaggie has dominated the region and he should have been included. Gayle bowling offspin should never be an option over a specialst spinner. I think for the first time in history trini's would boycott the oval test match.We should do what the bajans did a couple years back .Jaggie should be included ."

Strains of 'Alexander must go' ...

End of over 13 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 60/0
SM Warnapura    35* (35b 8x4)      DBL Powell    7-4-26-0
MG Vandort    21* (43b 4x4)      FH Edwards    1-0-2-0

13.1

Edwards to Vandort, no run, banged in short and sails well above Vandort, who had ducked

13.2

Edwards to Vandort, no run, again short and this one swings down leg side

13.3

Edwards to Vandort, 1 no ball, fuller, straighter, driven to the bowler

13.3

Edwards to Vandort, no run, Full and on the legs, clips the pads en route to the 'keeper

13.4

Edwards to Vandort, no run, fullish, just outside off, driven to left of mid-off

13.5

Edwards to Vandort, 1 run, short and rising, Vandort stands tall, gets on top of the bounce and taps it close on the off side, towards cover point , for a quick single

13.6

Edwards to Warnapura, no run, pushed across the bastman who watches Ramdin gather

End of over 14 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 62/0
SM Warnapura    35* (36b 8x4)      FH Edwards    2-0-4-0
MG Vandort    22* (49b 4x4)      DBL Powell    7-4-26-0

We have Chris Gayle on

14.1

Gayle to Vandort, no run, from round the wickets and it drifts in to the pad, a shout for lbw but turned down. It struck him on the off stump line.

14.2

Gayle to Vandort, no run, leans forward to push a delivery on the off stump line to the off side

14.3

Gayle to Vandort, no run

14.4

Gayle to Vandort, no run, keeps low and Vandort crouches on the back foot to keep it out

14.5

Gayle to Vandort, no run, again drifting in with the arm, defended on the front foot

14.6

Gayle to Vandort, no run, leans across to push a delivery on the off stump to covers

End of over 15 (maiden) Sri Lanka 62/0
MG Vandort    22* (55b 4x4)      CH Gayle    1-1-0-0
SM Warnapura    35* (36b 8x4)      FH Edwards    2-0-4-0

15.1

Edwards to Warnapura, no run, full and just outside off, left alone.

15.2

Edwards to Warnapura, OUT, Fidel makes the first breakthrough. Caught by a diving Chattergoon at third slip. Teasing delivery - on a length around the off stump and shaping away - Warnapura likes to push hard at deliveries and got an outside edge this time. Fatal. Chattergoon lunged to his left to catch it.

SM Warnapura c Chattergoon b Edwards 35 (38b 8x4 0x6) SR: 92.10

15.3

Edwards to Sangakkara, no run, lovely short delivery aimed at Sanga's body. Sangakkara just swayed away in time.

15.4

Edwards to Sangakkara, 2 runs, short and rising at the body again, tucked behind square leg and Bravo rushes to his left and fumbles, giving away an extra run

15.5

Edwards to Sangakkara, 1 run, goes back and across, gets solidly behind the line of a short-of-length delivery, works it to the on side for a quick single.

15.6

Edwards to Vandort, no run, a fine yorker, shooting towards the base of the off stump and Vandort does well to jab it with an angled bat.

End of over 16 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 65/1
MG Vandort    22* (56b 4x4)      FH Edwards    3-0-7-1
KC Sangakkara    3* (3b)      CH Gayle    1-1-0-0

Gayle takes himself off after a solitary over and brings in Bravo

16.1

Bravo to Sangakkara, no run, gentle seam-up outside off and is left alone

16.2

Bravo to Sangakkara, 2 runs, full and hint of inswing, Sanga arrests his front foot movement, brings his bat down in a hurry and jabs the ball past square leg

16.3

Bravo to Sangakkara, no run, in the corridor outside off and Sangakkara shoulders arms

16.4

Bravo to Sangakkara, FOUR, edged but goes between second slip and gully. It was on the leg and middle line, Sangakkara tried to whip it through the on side and got a leading edge.

16.5

Bravo to Sangakkara, 1 run, slips down leg side and is flicked to fine leg for a single

16.6

Bravo to Vandort, no run, beaten. Takes this one away from Vandort who has a waft and a miss.

Devendra Dudhnath from Guyana: " agree with the other comments, Jaggernauth should be playing. Why do you need 8 front line batsmen. It seems like the WI selectors don't have confidence in their batsmen, they can't do worse that India. Can they. Besides don't pick them if you don't have confidence in them. Jaggie should be playing in Devon Smith's place (how many more times does Devon have to fail). Also if they are not sure of their batting Darren Sammy should be playing. He bowls just as well as Powell and bats far better. WI Selectors are causing WI team their supporters. Go SL!"

End of over 17 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 72/1
MG Vandort    22* (57b 4x4)      DJ Bravo    1-0-7-0
KC Sangakkara    10* (8b 1x4)      FH Edwards    3-0-7-1

17.1

Edwards to Sangakkara, OUT, Fidel Edwards is rocking the SL boat. Takes out Sangakkara now. It lands on the good length and moves away with the angle, Sangakkara pushes at it a bit tentatively and nicks it behind. Suddenly, two quick wickets have fallen, including the big wicket of Sanga, and Gayle must be breathing a lot easier. Remember, he won the toss.

KC Sangakkara c †Ramdin b Edwards 10 (9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 111.11

17.2

Edwards to Jayawardene, no run, in the zone outside off stump, left alone by Mahela

17.3

Edwards to Jayawardene, no run

17.4

Edwards to Jayawardene, no run, perfect length - on a good length and on the middle stump too. Mahela goes back, covers for the late away movement and defends well.

17.5

Edwards to Jayawardene, no run, bangs it short but a tad wide outside off and Mahela watches it sail harmlessly past him. Fidel stands there and has a rueful look about him.

17.6

Edwards to Jayawardene, no run, probing delivery - It came in off the length, Mahela looked a touch surprised but adjusted quickly, taking out the bottom-hand off the handle and pushed it away, with the help of a inside eldge

End of over 18 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 72/2
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (5b)      FH Edwards    4-1-7-2
MG Vandort    22* (57b 4x4)      DJ Bravo    1-0-7-0

18.1

Bravo to Vandort, no run, fullish, outside off, driven to the off side

18.2

Bravo to Vandort, no run, bouncer but outside off and Vandort lets it fly past him

18.3

Bravo to Vandort, no run, another short-pitched delivery, closer to the off stump and Vandort stands tall to keep it down in front of him

18.4

Bravo to Vandort, no run, fuller, shaping away at the last minute and Vandort squeezes it to point

18.5

Bravo to Vandort, no run, full and outside off, tempting Vandort into a drive and the tall man went down on his back knee to drive to cover point

18.6

Bravo to Vandort, FOUR, edged to right of gully. Full again and Vandort is touch late in getting forward and gets a rather profitable edge, all along the ground.

End of over 19 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 76/2
MG Vandort    26* (63b 5x4)      DJ Bravo    2-0-11-0
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (5b)      FH Edwards    4-1-7-2

Sight screen problems. Play held up. Half of the sight screen, the region behind the bowler's arm is white and covered, but the other half is the problem. Advertisement flashing in a bright red colour. And now the hoardings on the ground level are being flattened. Holding quips, "Why? are the bowlers bowling under-arm?!"

19.1

Edwards to Jayawardene, no run, full and wide outside off, left alone, obviously.

19.2

Edwards to Jayawardene, no run, beaten by a peach of a delivery. Full, straight, just outside off, sucking Mahela forward before leaving him. Holding sounds happy, "Just keep bowling there all day."

19.3

Edwards to Jayawardene, no run, beaten again. Teasing line and length - just outside off and full - and Mahela plays a loose drive.

19.4

Edwards to Jayawardene, no run, Three in a row. Three slips and a short leg watch in agony as another full delivery shapes past the outside edge. Fidel is looking good here. Perfect line and length.

19.5

Edwards to Jayawardene, no run, shortens the length this time and cuts it away from Mahela who doesn't offer a stroke

19.6

Edwards to Jayawardene, 2 runs, tries to get the ball in this time but drifts a touch on to the middle and leg, wristed past square leg

End of over 20 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 78/2
DPMD Jayawardene    2* (11b)      FH Edwards    5-1-9-2
MG Vandort    26* (63b 5x4)      DJ Bravo    2-0-11-0

20.1

Bravo to Vandort, no run, full and well outside off, Vandort chases it and goes rather hard at the delivery and got an inside edge to the on side.

20.2

Bravo to Vandort, no run, similar line and length and this time, Vandort doesn't take the bait

20.3

Bravo to Vandort, no run, And again. Too wide to interest Vandort.

20.4

Bravo to Vandort, no run, closer to the off but still a tad wide and Vandort watches it move past him

20.5

Bravo to Vandort, no run, leans forward to defend a length delivery on the off stump line

20.6

Bravo to Vandort, no run, leans forward to defend again

End of over 21 (maiden) Sri Lanka 78/2
MG Vandort    26* (69b 5x4)      DJ Bravo    3-1-11-0
DPMD Jayawardene    2* (11b)      FH Edwards    5-1-9-2

More discussion between the batsmen and the umpires. Problems with the advertising hoardings? More time wasted. Already, the over rate is pretty bad and all these delays are not going to help.

21.1

Edwards to Jayawardene, no run, short and rising towards the chest and punched down to the off side.

21.2

Edwards to Jayawardene, no run, in the zone outside off, left alone. It bounced once before it reached the 'keeper. SL are on 78 for 2

21.3

Edwards to Jayawardene, no run, beaten. A lovely leg cutter that squared-up Mahela and almost taking the edge

21.4

Edwards to Jayawardene, no run, another one buzzing through the channel outside off, left alone by Mahela this time.

21.5

Edwards to Jayawardene, no run

21.6

Edwards to Jayawardene, FOUR, fuller, on the off stump line, Mahela is a touch tentative, neither forward or back, and pushes it with an open-face of the bat and runs it down past gully

End of over 22 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 82/2
DPMD Jayawardene    6* (17b 1x4)      FH Edwards    6-1-13-2
MG Vandort    26* (69b 5x4)      DJ Bravo    3-1-11-0

22.1

Bravo to Vandort, no run, pretty wide outside off and the batsman is not interested.

22.2

Bravo to Vandort, 1 run, full pitched, closer to the off stump, driven to covers where Taylor fumbles

22.3

Bravo to Jayawardene, no run, Bravo produces a gem. Right on money. It landed on a length, on the off stump line and moved away. Mahela did pretty well actually, saw the late movement and didn't chase.

22.4

Bravo to Jayawardene, FOUR, poor delivery on the legs and Mahela wrists it elegantly past square leg.

22.5

Bravo to Jayawardene, no run, probing delivery in the zone outside off and Mahela showed exemplary judgement in withdrawing his bat from the line of the delivery.

22.6

Bravo to Jayawardene, 2 runs, similar line and length, Mahela leaned forward, opened the bat-face and guided it through the gully region.

It's raining now. Lunch taken. The ground staff rush with covers. The clouds have burst and the rain has gotten heavier. Sri Lanka have reached 89 for 2 after being put into bat and I would guess, they would be pretty happy with that position.

Join us in a short while for the second session. Hopefully, the rain will ease out by then.

End of over 23 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 89/2
DPMD Jayawardene    12* (21b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    4-1-18-0
MG Vandort    27* (71b 5x4)      FH Edwards    6-1-13-2

12.48 pm Rain has stopped. The covers come off. The umpires return after inspection. Play will start at 1.00 pm local time

12.38 pm local time Raining again. Just when the game was about to restart after lunch, the skies have opened up. The covers are coming on. Watch this space for more updates. Till then, nothing to do but wait.

23.1

Edwards to Vandort, 1 run

23.2

Edwards to Jayawardene, no run

23.3

Edwards to Jayawardene, no run

23.4

Edwards to Jayawardene, no run

23.5

Edwards to Jayawardene, no run, full and swinging, defended on the front foot

23.6

Edwards to Jayawardene, no run, swinging away outside off, left alone by Mahela

End of over 24 (1 run) Sri Lanka 90/2
DPMD Jayawardene    12* (26b 2x4)      FH Edwards    7-1-14-2
MG Vandort    28* (72b 5x4)      DJ Bravo    4-1-18-0

24.1

Bravo to Vandort, no run, beaten: Full in length, slanting away at the last minute and Vandort is beaten on the forward prod

24.2

Bravo to Vandort, 1 run

24.3

Bravo to Jayawardene, no run, nice outswinger and Mahela covers his off stump before shouldering arms

24.4

Bravo to Jayawardene, 1 leg bye, this one cuts in from a length around middle stump and moves towards leg and strikes the pad

24.5

Bravo to Vandort, 1 run, drifting on to the legs and is easily picked away to long leg for a single

24.6

Bravo to Jayawardene, no run, lands full outside off and shapes away; Mahela watches it swing past him

End of over 25 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 93/2
DPMD Jayawardene    12* (29b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    5-1-20-0
MG Vandort    30* (75b 5x4)      FH Edwards    7-1-14-2

25.1

Edwards to Vandort, no run, sharp bouncer, cutting back in towards the head of Vandort and he sways away.

25.2

Edwards to Vandort, no run, again bounces high, chest-high this time and the tall Vandort gets on his toes and keeps it down in front of him

A leg slip appears after two short deliveries

25.3

Edwards to Vandort, no run

25.4

Edwards to Vandort, no run, curves in off a length around middle and off stump, Vandort moves back to push it to the off side

The leg slip disappears. Whoosh and gone. Wonder what was the idea and why that got killed so quickly.

25.5

Edwards to Vandort, no run, outside off stump and is left alone

25.6

Edwards to Vandort, OUT, Caught down the leg side. It was drifting past the hips, Vandort tried to tickle it fine and nicked it, off the face of the bat, to the diving Ramdin, who takes a very good catch. Windies strike immediately post lunch.

MG Vandort c †Ramdin b Edwards 30 (81b 5x4 0x6) SR: 37.03

End of over 26 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 93/3
     FH Edwards    8-2-14-3
DPMD Jayawardene    12* (29b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    5-1-20-0

Three slips and a gully in.

26.1

Taylor to Jayawardene, no run, starts off with a slightly wayward delivery outside off stump.

26.2

Taylor to Jayawardene, 1 run, towards the ribs, tucked behind square

Samaraweera is the new man in

26.3

Taylor to Samaraweera, FOUR, Full and swinging away late, outside off, Samaraweera, after thinking initially to play a shot , withdrew his bat and the ball ran off the face of the bat through the gap between gully and slips.

2:11 pm local time: No luck. Still pelting down.

Shiva, from T&T, works the conspiracy theory: "Jaggernauth and Benn are both suffering from non-inclusion because Gayle is too afraid to face Vass. He can't warrant Dwayne Bravo opening again so he picks an extra opener to take his place!!"

Lenny Fernando: "Why all this doom and gloom for the WI team? As far as I can see, two more wickets and SL will be on the ropes, if not already. This Edwards guy can swing the ball both ways. He has clearly put the breaks on SL. Got rid of Kumar Sangakkara with a beauty. I cannot see SL making more than 266 runs. I think the WI will have a great chance of winning this Test if the weather cooperates." I don't know why he zeroed in on 266?!

1:47pm local time: It's still raining.

And responses to Russell's query have come in. Not much hope. Alia: "Construction of the BCL stadium is moving like the traffic on mornings in Trinidad:either at snail pace or stagnant. Expect it to be completed when the WI selectors start making wise team selections based on results rather than arbitrarily picking. In short , a very long time from now."

Reagan Ramsarran: "As for the stadium in South Trinidad. I passed by last night and it is far from completion. The chances of that being completed soon is similar to chances of the West Indies team winning a Test series."

Kavir: "That stadium doesn't look anywhere near complete. It was supposed to be completed for the World cup last year but it looks like at least another 2 years again. Capacity, I believe, is around 20000 (don't hold me to that) and it is supposed to accommodate ODIs and Tests."

Mario Gomez: "... Also despite all the money being spent on it, there will be no retractable roof, so rain will still be a problem."

1.18 pm Rain has come again. Pity. The players are off and the covers are back on. The rain gets heavier. Pelting down. Meanwhile, Tony Cozier announces the grim weather forecast for the next few days. Hold your mails, don't email to tell me that the 'heavens are protesting against Amit Jaggernauth's exclusion.' Nah!

Russell writes in, "I am a trini living in the USA. Does any trini know when the Brian Lara Stadium in the South will be completed? I think its being built for over 2 years now. Would it be able to accommodate ODIs and Test cricket? What is the capacity? I am fed up of rain at the Oval each time a country visits".

26.4

Taylor to Samaraweera, 2 runs, flicked off the pads through midwicket for a single

26.5

Taylor to Samaraweera, no run, moving away from the off stump, left alone

26.6

Taylor to Samaraweera, no run, full and well down the leg side, Ramdin dives to gather

End of over 27 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 100/3
TT Samaraweera    6* (4b 1x4)      JE Taylor    6-1-36-0
DPMD Jayawardene    13* (31b 2x4)      FH Edwards    8-2-14-3

27.1

Edwards to Jayawardene, FOUR, full pitched, on the middle and leg, Mahela waited before on driving elegantly through the on side

Reagan Ramsarran sends us this chuckle: "Lenny, we are not the opponents advocate; we are West Indians to our heart. I quote you saying, "WI will have a great chance of winning this Test". Give me a few minutes, need to verify with Wikipedia to determine of these words make up a legitimate English sentence."

27.2

Edwards to Jayawardene, no run, around that off stump line, hint of out swing and Mahela takes care for the ball to swing before getting behind the line to gently tap it to the off side

27.3

Edwards to Jayawardene, no run, further outside off, swing again but it started too much outside off to interest Mahela

27.4

Edwards to Jayawardene, FOUR, Just pass the diving Ramdin. Down the leg side. It was short and at the ribs, Mahela swivelled around to pull and got a faint tickle. Ramdin tried his best but couldn't reach

27.5

Edwards to Jayawardene, FOUR, edged through gully region. Full and swinging away, Mahela, who was circumspect so far on the drive, went for a off drive and got a edge

27.6

Edwards to Jayawardene, no run, full and down leg, fails to connect with the intended glance shot

End of over 28 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 112/3
DPMD Jayawardene    25* (37b 5x4)      FH Edwards    9-2-26-3
TT Samaraweera    6* (4b 1x4)      JE Taylor    6-1-36-0

Darko, from Canada: "I cant believe that with all this talking about Jaggernauth not being included - which i don't get as much as the next guy - we have forgotten about Devon Smith still being included in the WI XI. Seriously this guy failed against Zimbabwe what makes anyone think that he will do better against Vaas, Murli and CO. Jaggernauth should have been in instead of him."

28.1

Taylor to Samaraweera, no run, starts outside leg, full and swings in, beats the intended flick but not enough to do any damage

28.2

Taylor to Samaraweera, no run, beaten Gets the line right and troubles the batsman immediately. It was a lovely delivery that left late after pitching on a length around that off stump.

28.3

Taylor to Samaraweera, no run, Beaten again Teasing teasing delivery, around the off stump and shaping away, Samaraweera had a poke. Almost fatal.

Three slips and a gully in

28.4

Taylor to Samaraweera, no run, starts from middle and leg, moves in, tapped to square leg

28.5

Taylor to Samaraweera, OUT, Caught by Gayle at first slip. After beating him twice, he gets his man this time. It was a length delivery in the zone outside off and moving away, Samaraweera had a waft at it, bat away from the body, and the ball met the wood. It has to be said that it was quite a bad stroke.

TT Samaraweera c Gayle b Taylor 6 (9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

28.6

Taylor to Dilshan, no run, messes up his release and the ball goes down leg side

End of over 29 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 112/4
TM Dilshan    0* (1b)      JE Taylor    7-2-36-1
DPMD Jayawardene    25* (37b 5x4)      FH Edwards    9-2-26-3

29.1

Edwards to Jayawardene, no run, Fullish, outside off and Mahela drove it square but Chanderpaul made a diving stop at cover point. Gayle would have loved it.

29.2

Edwards to Jayawardene, no run, on a length this time, outside off stump and is left alone

29.3

Edwards to Jayawardene, 1 run, shuffles across to tap a length delivery to square leg

29.4

Edwards to Dilshan, FOUR, Brave start from Dilshan, off his second delivery. It was banged in short and Dilshan swivelled to pull it over square leg

Gayle has placed a man at deep square leg now. Will he go for it ?

29.5

Edwards to Dilshan, no run, tempts him with a bouncer and Dilshan sees that its above his head and lets it go .

29.6

Edwards to Dilshan, no run, gets this one fuller, moves in from off stump line and Dilshan gets on the front foot to push it back down the track.

End of over 30 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 117/4
TM Dilshan    4* (4b 1x4)      FH Edwards    10-2-31-3
DPMD Jayawardene    26* (40b 5x4)      JE Taylor    7-2-36-1

30.1

Taylor to Jayawardene, OUT, What an awesome delivery. It landed on a length, on the middle and off and cut away past the defensive poke to crash into the off stump. Mahela thought he had it covered. Even, the bowler had turned around to appeal, little knowing he had hit the stumps and Bowden decided to put the finger up, for his sake. At the other end, a stunned Mahela swung around, after seeing the finger go up, and was confronted with the damage. Gone! Strange, he didn't hear that death rattle.

DPMD Jayawardene b Taylor 26 (41b 5x4 0x6) SR: 63.41

30.2

Taylor to Silva, no run, outside the off stump, left alone

Steyn had produced an almost similar delivery to take out Dravid, earlier today.

30.3

Taylor to Silva, no run, beaten It hit a good length, around the off stump and moves away, the batsman has a poke and a miss

30.4

Taylor to Silva, no run

30.5

Taylor to Silva, no run, moves this ball in, towards middle and off and its defended off the front foot

30.6

Taylor to Silva, 4 leg byes, goes for the yorker but it swings towards the leg stump and bounds away off the boot to the fine-leg boundary

End of over 31 (4 runs, wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 121/5
LPC Silva    0* (5b)      JE Taylor    8-3-36-2
TM Dilshan    4* (4b 1x4)      FH Edwards    10-2-31-3

31.1

Edwards to Dilshan, no run

31.2

Edwards to Dilshan, no run, harmless delivery well outside off stump, left alone. Fidel seems to have pulled up a touch at release. Limps two steps but he is ok now and walks back to his run up

31.3

Edwards to Dilshan, 1 run, banged in short, pulled behind square leg for a single.

31.4

Edwards to Silva, FOUR, length delivery outside off stump and Silva edges it to third man boundary

31.5

Edwards to Silva, no run

31.6

Edwards to Silva, FOUR, glorious on drive from Silva. Fab shot. It was full and on the stumps and he just caressed it between the bowler and the mid-on fielder

End of over 32 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 130/5
LPC Silva    8* (8b 2x4)      FH Edwards    11-2-40-3
TM Dilshan    5* (7b 1x4)      JE Taylor    8-3-36-2

32.1

Taylor to Dilshan, no run, beaten outside off. It cut away from the off stump line and Dilshan just about jabbed his bat back, away from the line

32.2

Taylor to Dilshan, no run, wild swing and a miss. Full and curving away outside off, Dilshan went for a rather ambitious on-the-up drive. He is a busy player and likes to attack and it looks like he is going to continue with his usual ways.

32.3

Taylor to Dilshan, no run, in the zone outside off, Dilshan withdraws his bat from the line

Three slips and a gully in

32.4

Taylor to Dilshan, no run, further outside off and Dilshan again pulls his bat away.

32.5

Taylor to Dilshan, no run

Lenny Fernando: "Please let me clarify. I am a Sri Lankan, die hard at that. But I do admire the opponents when they are good. All I can say is that SL will not score well at all here. Oh oh there goes another wicket.."

32.6

Taylor to Dilshan, no run, outside the off stump and Dilshan watches the 'keeper gather

End of over 33 (maiden) Sri Lanka 130/5
TM Dilshan    5* (13b 1x4)      JE Taylor    9-4-36-2
LPC Silva    8* (8b 2x4)      FH Edwards    11-2-40-3

33.1

Bravo to Silva, 3 runs, full and swinging outside off, Silva lunges forward, not quite upto the pitch of the delivery but still goes through with his square drive past cover point

Roger from T&T: "Why all the fuss about Jaggernauth ? And so what if Devon is included ? West Indies should not be chopping and changing all the time , that causes its own problems. Specialist spinners have not done well for the west indies when given the opportunity in recent years anyway!"

33.2

Bravo to Dilshan, no run, on a length, just outside off and is guided to gully region

33.3

Bravo to Dilshan, no run, beaten Perfect line and length outside off and Dilshan pushes inside the line of the delivery.

Third slip moves to a close position on the off side. At short square cover

33.4

Bravo to Dilshan, FOUR, Dilshan leans back to cut a short-of-length delivery past backward point.

Point drops back to the boundary now.

33.5

Bravo to Dilshan, no run, almost holes up at mid-on. It was a length delivery on the off stump line and Dilshan swiped it uppishly and just short of the mid-on fielder

33.6

Bravo to Dilshan, no run, leans forward to push a full delivery towards mid-on

End of over 34 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 137/5
TM Dilshan    9* (18b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    6-1-27-0
LPC Silva    11* (9b 2x4)      JE Taylor    9-4-36-2

34.1

Taylor to Silva, no run, full length delivery, just outside off, defended back to the bowler

Satesh, from Guyana: "I admire all the concern about the inclusion of Jaggernauth, who is a bowler.. however the only change to the bowling line up from the last Test is Edwards , who has struck three times. So the Trinis should ask themselves if they still have a problem with him [Jaggie] not included or is it that he would have put the WI in a better position. Mind you they have SL 117-5.. the bowlers are doing good right now without him...we will only have to wait to see it it will continue."

34.2

Taylor to Silva, no run, bouncer and Silva ducks

34.3

Taylor to Silva, no run, just outside off stump and Silva is beaten this time on the forward prod

34.4

Taylor to Silva, no run, further outside off and left alone

It's getting darker again

34.5

Taylor to Silva, no run, guides a short of length delivery to the right of Samuels at backward point

34.6

Taylor to Silva, no run, another bouncer outside off and Ramdin gathers

End of over 35 (maiden) Sri Lanka 137/5
LPC Silva    11* (15b 2x4)      JE Taylor    10-5-36-2
TM Dilshan    9* (18b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    6-1-27-0

Liam: "To the comment that spinners have not gone well for West Indies recently, it should be noted that they have hardly been given the opportunity to do so. Dave Mohammed - the last decent spinner to be picked - NEVER played 2 consecutive Tests. Spinners, like everyone else, need to receive an investment of faith from the selectors." There are at least a few more people who have mailed in with a similar sentiment.

35.1

Bravo to Dilshan, no run, full and outside off, left alone

35.2

Bravo to Dilshan, 2 runs, full and around the off stump line, driven through covers for two runs

Game is set to resume The drainage facility here is pretty good.

#3:14 pm Rains have come down again. Uff! The covers are coming on as the players head back. Holding drawls, "If you want rain in the Caribbean, put some stumps on the field." It has got darker and the rain has got heavier. Sigh.

Reagan tries to change the sombre mood: "My Caribbean people, why am sensing a division amongst the West Indian Kingdom. Let not our struggle for a spinner be known to the world. Its time for us hug, kiss and make up. Start singing on the count of 3. Everyone now,..One, Two.Three, "Rally..aa, rally round the West Indies. now and forever"

Leyland: "I know I am one of the most patriotic West Indian. When they are playing on the other side of the world, I stay up all night. When they lose, which is not strange, I can't eat and sleep. My wife thinks I am flogging a dead horse while I am feeling the pain of every lash ... I am still steadfast in my hope. But we need to let our guys know that even though we support them, we are tired of this lackluster performances.

Devendra Dudhnath: "Thank God we had lovely sunshine in Guyana. On the issue of the fast bowlers bowlers doing a fine job, well we could have included Darren Sammy. Bats better than Devon Smith at the moment and bowls good. Please note that the selectors have not yet named a replacement for Pedro Collins or Ryan Hinds , so there is space in the squad. Now the Current players in the squad feels secure of their position because there is no one else to run them down. Except the spinners where we have two and neither of them are playing. "

Alia: "Ok props to the boys for coming back and taking wickets. But if our boys bowling this good, can you imagine the SL attack lead by Vaas.....*imagination runs away at this point*.....not good:( "

Brian Bachan: " It should be Sammy in for Powell and Amit in for Samuels. When you select eight batsmen you are letting the other team know that you are afraid. Also, I would like to know what you all thought about Gayle dropping himself down the order against Trinidad and now Sri Lanka. I would like to think that we should have at least one experienced guy opening the batting."

35.3

Bravo to Dilshan, 1 no ball, right on target, just outside off stump and full, left alone. But it's a no ball.

35.3

Bravo to Dilshan, no run, in the channel outside off stump and Dilshan lets it go past him

35.4

Bravo to Dilshan, no run, cutting in from a length, towards middle and off and Dilshan leans forward, opens the bat-face and guides it to backward point

35.5

Bravo to Dilshan, FOUR, oh ho! what a whack through the off side. Bit of width offered outside off and Dilshan just smoked it over cover point. Full swing of the bat. He is going to remain aggressive and that has brought about his downfall on quite a few occasions in his career. But that's how he plays.

35.6

Bravo to Dilshan, 1 run, full in length, outside off and again Dilshan carves it but there is a deep point in place now and he makes the stop

End of over 36 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 145/5
TM Dilshan    16* (25b 3x4)      DJ Bravo    7-1-35-0
LPC Silva    11* (15b 2x4)      JE Taylor    10-5-36-2

36.1

Taylor to Dilshan, no run, full and straight, the front leg is pressed a tad too across and the bat comes down in a hurry, just in time to make contact and the ball rolls away to the off side

36.2

Taylor to Dilshan, 2 runs, kicks up from a length, on the middle and off and Dilshan responds by taking out the bottom handle off the bat and it runs off the outer edge to right of backward point

36.3

Taylor to Dilshan, no run, leans forward to turn a full delivery to square leg

Three slips and a gully in

36.4

Taylor to Dilshan, FOUR, drifting on to the pads, full and Dilshan just picked it over in the air to left of long leg and Fidel tries desperately to make a stop but the ball slips through his fingers.

A deep backward square leg appears now. Two slips in.

36.5

Taylor to Dilshan, 1 run, goes for the yorker, falls just short of the blockhole and jabbed to covers

36.6

Taylor to Silva, no run, cuts in from just short of length and raps him on the thigh pad

End of over 37 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 152/5
LPC Silva    11* (16b 2x4)      JE Taylor    11-5-43-2
TM Dilshan    23* (30b 4x4)      DJ Bravo    7-1-35-0

37.1

Bravo to Dilshan, 1 run, short in length, on the middle stump line and Dilshan taps it to right of mid-on for a single.

37.2

Bravo to Silva, 1 run, slips on to the middle and leg and is wristed to long leg. The batsmen run the first run hard, look for second but decide against.

Taylor is happy with the condition of the ball but he has to continue with it

37.3

Bravo to Dilshan, no run, around the off stump and is driven to covers where Marlon Samuels fields

37.4

Bravo to Dilshan, 1 wide, bouncer, way too high above the batsman

37.4

Bravo to Dilshan, 3 runs, short and outside off, Dilshan rocks back to flash it through backward point and Chanderpaul moves to his left at deep point to make a diving tumbling stop

37.5

Bravo to Silva, FOUR, hit across the line. Full and straight, on the middle, Silva thrust his front leg across and whipped it through midwicket.

37.6

Bravo to Silva, 1 run, leans forward to tap it to the leg side for a single. 12 runs in the over. Time to bring on Fidel

End of over 38 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 163/5
LPC Silva    17* (19b 3x4)      DJ Bravo    8-1-46-0
TM Dilshan    27* (33b 4x4)      JE Taylor    11-5-43-2

38.1

Taylor to Silva, 1 run

Taylor is unhappy with the condition of the ball but has been asked by the umpires to continue with it.

38.2

Taylor to Dilshan, FOUR, full pitched and Dilshan drives hard and it bounces over Taylor's head and runs away to the boundary

38.3

Taylor to Dilshan, 1 run, bouncer and its pulled down to long leg for a single

38.4

Taylor to Silva, no run, just outside the off stump, on a length, not much movement and is pushed to covers. Taylor dries the ball with a towel before shining it vigorously against his thigh.

38.5

Taylor to Silva, no run, outside the off stump, hint of movement away and is left alone

38.6

Taylor to Silva, no run, short of length, outside the off stump and is defended to covers

End of over 39 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 169/5
LPC Silva    18* (23b 3x4)      JE Taylor    12-5-49-2
TM Dilshan    32* (35b 5x4)      DJ Bravo    8-1-46-0

Bravo to continue.

39.1

Bravo to Dilshan, no run, A slow loopy short-pitched down the leg side and Dilshan lets it go to Ramdin

39.2

Bravo to Dilshan, no run, quickish bouncer and ducked under

39.3

Bravo to Dilshan, 2 runs, short and rising outside off stump and Dilshan hops to cut it uppishly through the gap at point. Deep point moves to his left to stop

Bravo goes around the stumps

39.4

Bravo to Dilshan, 1 run, fullish, driven to right of mid-off for a single

39.5

Bravo to Silva, no run, full and on the off stump line, driven back to the bowler

39.6

Bravo to Silva, FOUR, full pitched and driven to right of mid-off where Fidel Edwards misfields. The ball is stopped just beside the ropes but they run four.

End of over 40 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 176/5
LPC Silva    22* (25b 4x4)      DJ Bravo    9-1-53-0
TM Dilshan    35* (39b 5x4)      JE Taylor    12-5-49-2

40.1

Taylor to Dilshan, 1 run, edged but falls short of slips. Length delivery outside off, Dilshan tried to flash it through point and edged it to right of first slip where Gayle makes a half-stop

40.2

Taylor to Silva, no run, outside off stump and is left alone

40.3

Taylor to Silva, no run, further outside off and again left alone. Dilshan would have gone for his cut.

40.4

Taylor to Silva, no run, kicks up from short of length, outside off, left alone

40.5

Taylor to Silva, no run, leans forward to defend a length delivery to the off side

40.6

Taylor to Silva, FOUR, Fab upper cut over backward point. Short of length and width offered outside off, he went back and played a wristy cut

End of over 41 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 181/5
LPC Silva    26* (30b 5x4)      JE Taylor    13-5-54-2
TM Dilshan    36* (40b 5x4)      DJ Bravo    9-1-53-0

41.1

Powell to Dilshan, no run, full in length, moving in towards the leg, misses the bat and hits him high on the pad.

41.2

Powell to Dilshan, 1 run, on the middle and leg, tucked behind square for a single

41.3

Powell to Silva, 1 run, again on that line, worked just behind square for a single

41.4

Powell to Dilshan, 1 run, comes in from just outside off, punched to cover point for yet another single. These two are doing it very well out there. Ever since the resumption, they have been playing very fluently

41.5

Powell to Silva, no run

41.6

Powell to Silva, no run, full and just outside off stump, defended on the front foot

End of over 42 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 184/5
LPC Silva    27* (33b 5x4)      DBL Powell    8-4-29-0
TM Dilshan    38* (43b 5x4)      JE Taylor    13-5-54-2

42.1

Taylor to Dilshan, 1 run, short, on the off stump line, swatted to the on side for a single

42.2

Taylor to Silva, 1 run, gets behind the line of a length delivery and taps it close on the on side for a quick single

42.3

Taylor to Dilshan, no run, bounces above Dilshan's head and he fails to connect with the pull shot

42.4

Taylor to Dilshan, 2 runs, short again but not so high and he pulls it in front of square for couple of runs

42.5

Taylor to Dilshan, 2 runs, short again and Dilshan unfurls another pull shot.

42.6

Taylor to Dilshan, 1 no ball, beamer and a surprised Dilshan is hit on the left glove, trying to swat it away. Powell immediately apologises and walks up to the batsman. The physio is out there to treat the fingers. Drinks called.

42.6

Taylor to Dilshan, 2 runs

End of over 43 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 193/5
TM Dilshan    45* (49b 5x4)      JE Taylor    14-5-63-2
LPC Silva    28* (34b 5x4)      DBL Powell    8-4-29-0

43.1

Powell to Silva, no run, goes for the yorker, jabbed towards mid-off

43.2

Powell to Silva, no run, on a length, just outside the off stump line, defended on the front foot

43.3

Powell to Silva, no run, drifts on to the legs and strikes him on the pad - going down, though- as he misses a flick shot

43.4

Powell to Silva, FOUR, short and Silva pulls it over midwicket for a boundary. Runs are flowing in this last phase of play after the rain break

The ball is being changed now.

43.5

Powell to Silva, no run, banged in short and Silva ducks. SL are on 197 for 5.

43.6

Powell to Silva, no run, fullish and is driven crisply to the left of mid-on where Sarwan makes a diving stop. Sars seems to have hurt his fingers, though. He is examining his left hand closely and remains on the field.

End of over 44 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 197/5
LPC Silva    32* (40b 6x4)      DBL Powell    9-4-33-0
TM Dilshan    45* (49b 5x4)      JE Taylor    14-5-63-2

44.1

Edwards to Dilshan, FOUR, full and outside off, Dilshan lunges forward and drives to covers where Samuels misfields, diving to his left. 200 up and Dilshan is on 49

44.2

Edwards to Dilshan, 2 runs, 50 for Dilshan and all his team-mates give him a standing ovation. IT was full in length, guided through backward point for couple of runs. The helmet comes off and he accepts Silva's congratulations. This has been an counterattack from Dilshan

44.3

Edwards to Dilshan, 1 run, short in length and pulled to deep square leg where Chanderpaul fields

44.4

Edwards to Silva, no run, full and outside off, left alone

44.5

Edwards to Silva, no run, full and just outside off, left alone

44.6

Edwards to Silva, no run

End of over 45 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 204/5
LPC Silva    32* (43b 6x4)      FH Edwards    12-2-47-3
TM Dilshan    52* (52b 6x4)      DBL Powell    9-4-33-0

45.1

Powell to Dilshan, 1 run, yet another short delivery - futile strategy this- and is pulled past square leg

45.2

Powell to Silva, 1 run, right up there, just outside off stump, punched to right of point for a quick single

45.3

Powell to Dilshan, 1 run, fullish, outside off and Dilshan goes for a fierce off drive and gets a edge but it falls well short of gully

45.4

Powell to Silva, 3 runs, dropped by the diving Devon Smith at second slip. Full again and Silva went for a expansive drive and edged it to right of Smith who ended up palming it away

45.5

Powell to Dilshan, FOUR, goes round the stumps and fires it in short, on the leg side and Dilshan helps it to fine leg boundary with a swivel-pull

45.6

Powell to Dilshan, no run, remains round the stumps, sends down a full one outside off, driven to extra cover

End of over 46 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 214/5
TM Dilshan    58* (56b 7x4)      DBL Powell    10-4-43-0
LPC Silva    36* (45b 6x4)      FH Edwards    12-2-47-3

46.1

Edwards to Silva, 1 wide

46.1

Edwards to Silva, no run, length delivery outside off, pushed to covers

46.2

Edwards to Silva, no run, similar line and length, left alone this time

46.3

Edwards to Silva, (no ball) 1 run, on the middle and off, squeezed to the on side

They have added 100 runs together.

46.3

Edwards to Dilshan, no run, full and outside off, defended to the off side

5.48 pm local time: Stumps. Day 1 is over. Join us tomorrow and let's hope the rain - the forecast doesn't look too good - stays away. We will have a early start - thirty minutes earlier at 9.00 am local time. Join us then. Till then, this is Sriram Veera signing out.

5.45 pm local time It's getting darker here. The light meters are out and the umpires offer it to the batsmen, who accept it , and off they go back to the pavilion where they are welcomed heartily by their team-mates. Dilshan and Silva have added 100 runs and lifted Sri Lanka from a hole.

Dilshan batted aggressively, Silva kept him good company but it has to be said that the bowling, especially after the last rain break, was pretty poor. They bowled far too short at Dilshan who kept pulling and cutting. The dropped catches also didn't help and as a result, Sri Lanka have moved to 217 for 5. Remember, they were put into bat on a grassy track and will be pretty pleased with the way it has turned out. Dilshan, in particular, has done a fab job.

Hi there. The second day's play is set to start. We got a clear sky today. Hopefully, it will remain thus.

46.4

Edwards to Dilshan, no run, starts off with a length delivery in the zone outside off and Dilshan leaves it alone

46.5

Edwards to Dilshan, FOUR, This is just the second delivery of the day but Dilshan, being Dilshan, smokes it over cover point. It was full and outside off, he planted his front foot across and sliced it over point

46.6

Edwards to Dilshan, 1 wide, wayward delivery, way way outside off

46.6

Edwards to Dilshan, OUT, Death by aggression. Dilshan has combusted early. Short in length, on the middle stump line, Dilshan went for his pull, topedged it behind square and Ramdin ran to his left to take a neat catch. Out for 62. An interesting little counterattacking innings.

TM Dilshan c †Ramdin b Edwards 62 (60b 8x4 0x6) SR: 103.33

End of over 47 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 222/6
     FH Edwards    13-2-55-4
LPC Silva    37* (48b 6x4)      DBL Powell    10-4-43-0

47.1

Powell to Vaas, no run, length delivery, coming in towards the off stump and he leans forward to defend

47.2

Powell to Vaas, 1 run, on the hips, tucked to fine leg for a single

47.3

Powell to Silva, no run, fuller, outside off and Silva gets on to that front foot and square drives to backward point. He didn't quite reach to the pitch of that delivery

47.4

Powell to Silva, 1 run, short in length, moving towards middle and leg, clipped to fine leg for a single

47.5

Powell to Vaas, OUT, Another pull that goes awry. Two in two overs. It was a short in length and slanted across Vass who fetched it from outside off but all he could get was a top edge that Ramdin, running to his right, pouched safely.

WPUJC Vaas c †Ramdin b Powell 1 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

47.6

Powell to Silva, no run, full and around the off stump, driven to covers

End of over 48 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 224/7
LPC Silva    38* (51b 6x4)      DBL Powell    11-4-45-1
T Thushara    0* (0b)      FH Edwards    13-2-55-4

48.1

Edwards to Thushara, no run, pushed across the batsman who chooses to let it angle past him

48.2

Edwards to Thushara, no run, fuller and width offered and he goes for a wild flash and a miss.

48.3

Edwards to Thushara, no run, bouncer, doesn't climb high but Mirando chooses to duck

I am Sriram Veera and will be bringing you all the action today.

48.4

Edwards to Thushara, no run, on the hips, off the length and it pops up off the thigh pad and goes to Samuels, who is standing at leg gully.

48.5

Edwards to Thushara, no run, gets behind the line of a length delivery to defend to the off side

48.6

Edwards to Thushara, no run

End of over 49 (maiden) Sri Lanka 224/7
T Thushara    0* (6b)      FH Edwards    14-3-55-4
LPC Silva    38* (51b 6x4)      DBL Powell    11-4-45-1

49.1

Powell to Silva, no run, 87.2 mph delivery, angling in towards middle and off, defended to the on side

49.2

Powell to Silva, no run, slips down the leg side and Ramdin gathers.

49.3

Powell to Silva, no run, gets forward, shapes to off drive a full length delivery but doesn't quite reach the pitch, the bat handle rotates and the ball rolls away towards mid-on

49.4

Powell to Silva, no run, short of length, around the off stump and guided to point

49.5

Powell to Silva, no run, moves forward, towards the line of the delivery coming in towards off and defends back down the track. He then does a little gardening

49.6

Powell to Silva, no run, edged but just short of the second slip. It kicked off the good length, outside off and Silva, who likes to get on to the front foot, ended up searching for it a bit - bat ahead and away from the body- and got a edge but it didn't carry.

End of over 50 (maiden) Sri Lanka 224/7
LPC Silva    38* (57b 6x4)      DBL Powell    12-5-45-1
T Thushara    0* (6b)      FH Edwards    14-3-55-4
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