363dThe Bulletin by Andrew Fernando

Darren Bravo stars on rain-marred day

Half-centuries from Darren Bravo and Devon Smith took West Indies to 134 for 2 on a rain-affected first day of the first-ever Test at the Pallekele Stadium

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

DM Bravo
DM Bravo
68(117) 10x4 - 0x6
Control %88%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 22 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
6 0 11 7 9 0 7 28
BP Nash
67(117) 5x4 - 0x6
Control %90%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 36 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
12 3 6 12 6 7 6 15

Best performances - Bowlers

HMRKB Herath
HMRKB Herath
O23
M5
R54
W4
Eco2.34
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
BAW Mendis
O28
M6
R78
W2
Eco2.78
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

1.30pm The match has been called off. The inevitable has happened. Weather has won the day. The series is drawn. Not sure if we'll have some kind of a presentation ceremony, just as a formality. If there is, we'll get you the details. If not, it's sad to bid goodbye. It's been a terrible five or so days, but here's hoping for a better time in the ODIs. See you then, Adios.

12.20pm The cut-off time, we're being told now, is in fact 1.30pm. So a bit of a lifeline for this match, but the situation still hasn't changed.

12pm: "Nothing has changed here," remains the status. If the situation doesn't improve in another 30 minutes, there won't be any action.

11.21am: Another update from Andrew. Nothing new. "Nothing's changed here. Rain is still coming down. Covers are on. Skies are overcast."

9.50am: Andrew Fernando, who's writing the bulletin for this game and taking in all the fun in Pallekele, sends us this: "It's alternated between rain and drizzle all morning, and the skies are very overcast. No signs of clearing. Match will be called off at 12:30 if there is no improvement."

9.35am local time: Hello and welcome to the coverage of the fifth day's play of this absolutely riveting Test series. With a result guaranteed on the fifth day, we can be sure of some enthralling cricket. Okay, enough. The fact is that it's drizzling still in Pallekele, and it rained through the night. The ground is under covers on the final morning as well, and chances of any play are bleak. We'll give you an update as soon as we have one. But the covers are out, it's very overcast. There is action in a different part of the world, though, and it's shaping up as a huge challenge for the hosts. Australia are being hit around by Kevin Pietersen, who's on the verge of a double-century. Meanwhile, in Pallekele, it's a horrible state of affairs. See you when we have an update.

2.55pm All over. Stumps are drawn early in Pallekele. Depressing stuff all round. And to think we have one more day of this ahead of us. Join us at 9.45am tomorrow and we'll take it from there. On your way out, add @ESPNcricinfo to your twitter feed for cricket updates faster than light. Plenty of football action coming up this weekend and you can find it all on ESPNsoccernet. This is Nitin Sundar, signing off amidst the deluge. Cheers.

1.45pm Andrew Fernando: "The crowd is emptying slowly. What a disappointment for them. Heavy drizzle coming down now. Likely to be the status quo for the next couple of hours."

1.09pm It's sheeting down now. Not looking good, friends.

12.51pm The covers come back on. Dilshan is chuffed - he doesn't want a wet pitch, considering he may be facing soon. This is beyond frustration. This is.. I am out of words. Rain stops play again, meanwhile here is Andrew Fernando's lunch bulletin.

103.3
0
Lakmal to Roach, no run, this one slides down the leg side, Roach thinks of glancing it along the ground but that's too far down the leg side.

Drizzle is back on.

103.2
3
Lakmal to Benn, 3 runs, that's timed well. Over-pitched on middle and off, Benn swings across the line through midwicket and it scurries off the meat of the bat. Easy three.
103.1
0
Lakmal to Benn, no run, bouncer outside off, angling across as Benn looks to swivel pull. Makes no contact.

END OF OVER:
103 | (maiden) | WI: 300/8

  • Kemar Roach12 (45b)
  • Sulieman Benn26 (50b)
  • Rangana Herath23-4-54-4
  • Suranga Lakmal17-5-38-1
102.6
0
Herath to Roach, no run, stifled appeal as Roach gets some pad on it with his forward press. Safe though
102.5
0
Herath to Roach, no run, straightens from middle and leg, defended sedately down the pitch

West Indies 1st innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st0CH GayleDS Smith
2nd115DS SmithDM Bravo
3rd27S ChanderpaulDM Bravo
4th99S ChanderpaulBP Nash
5th1BP NashDJ Bravo
6th10BP NashCS Baugh
7th1CS BaughDJG Sammy
8th21SJ BennDJG Sammy
9th29SJ BennKAJ Roach