2nd Test - Sri lanka vs West Indies - Day 3 (Antigua)
Rain proved a spoiler as the West Indies closed in on securing a first innings lead over Sri Lanka on the third day of the second and final cricket Test in Antigua yesterday as the tourists ended on 250 for 8 in reply to the home team's 354.
Beginning the day at 134 for 3 the overnight pair of Dinesh Chandimal and Dhananjaya de Silva played cautiously until the former in a lapse in concentration hooked a ball from paceman Shannon Gabriel to be picked up at deep square-leg with the total at 152.
Chandimal's contribution was 44 but De Silva joined by first innings century-maker Pathum Nissanka continued to anchor the innings before part time spinner Jermaine Blackwood trapped him leg-before for 39.
De Silva did not choose to review the ruling and television ball tracking replays showed the ball missing the leg stump which made his coach Mickey Arthur look dejected on the balcony.
With De Silva's dismissal came Sri Lanka's collapse as they lost three more wickets that of Niroshan Dickwella for 20 and Dusmantha Chameera for 2, both caught behind by wicket-keeper Joshua Da Silva off Jason Holder while in-between Suranga Gamage drove a ball from paceman Alzarri Joseph to be caught at short mid-on Kraigg Brathwaite for 6.
It was left to the last recognised frontline batsman at the crease Nissanka to hold the innings together and shield tail-end batsman Lasith Embuldeniya before rain interrupted proceedings for the third time and the players scurried back into their dressing rooms signalling the end of the day's play.
As he did in the first innings Nissanka played the waiting game as he faced 119 balls for an unbeaten 49 with just four fours while Holder and Joseph claimed two wickets each on what appeared to be a flat track that offered very little assistance to the bowlers.
More than 40 overs were lost due to the rain interruptions.