West Indies vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test Day 3: Gabriel strikes after Dowrich hands West Indies narrow lead

Shane Dowrich 55 West Indies Sri Lanka 2nd Test Day 3 St Lucia cricket

Shane Dowrich scored his sixth Test fifty

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Shannon Gabriel removed Sri Lanka opener Kusal Perera after the West Indies claimed a 47-run lead behind wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich’s 55 on the third day in St Lucia.

Play was delayed for two hours on the third day as Sri Lanka refused to take to the field after the umpires charged them with ball tampering as they deemed the tourists had changed the condition of the ball used on day one. In addition to the charge, the West Indies were awarded five runs as a penalty.

However, Sri Lanka finally relented and took to the field “under protest”, and the West Indies resumed their innings on 118/2.

The hosts managed to score 31 runs before batsman Shai Hope was caught by Dhananjaya de Silva at first slip off the bowling of Suranga Lakmal for 19.

Devon Smith failed to make the most of the half-century he scored on the second day as he was trapped lbw off the bowling of De Silva for 61, which came off 176 balls and included four boundaries and a six.

Dowrich and Roston Chase steadied things with a 78-run partnership before Chase was dismissed by Lahiru Kumara for 41.

Dowrich went on to make 55 off 98 deliveries, which included five boundaries and a six, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Lakmal.

Once Dowrich was gone, the West Indies completely collapsed as they went from 254/6 to being bowled out for 300, which gave them a 47-run lead.

Kumara was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while debutant Kasun Rajitha snapped up three, Lakmal took two and Akila Dananjaya chipped in with one.

Trailing by 47 runs, Sri Lanka were scoring at a healthy rate early on in their second innings, but they were dealt a huge blow when Perera was caught behind off the bowling of Gabriel for 20.

Debutant Mahela Udawatte and Rajitha, who was sent in as the nightwatchman, managed to amass an unbeaten two-run partnership in the last eight balls of the day before stumps was called.

Udawatte finished on 11 off 21 balls, which included a boundary, while Rajitha has yet to get off the mark.

Gabriel was the only bowler to take a wicket.

Sri Lanka ended day three on 34/1 and will continue batting on Sunday at 10:00 local time or 14:00 GMT.

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