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Only 46.3 overs were bowled on the opening day of the Caribbean’s first-ever day-night Test due to rain, but West Indies wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich starred as he struck an unbeaten 60 to rescue his side after Sri Lanka made early inroads.
Choosing to bat first, the West Indies made a horrible start to the historic match in Barbados as opener Devon Smith was caught by Dhananjaya de Silva at third slip off the bowling of Sri Lanka stand-in captain Suranga Lakmal for two runs on the sixth ball of the match.
Lakmal was appointed captain after regular skipper Dinesh Chandimal was ruled out of the fixture due to his one-Test ban for ball tampering.
Chandimal was found guilty of altering the condition of the ball during the second Test in St Lucia and even though he appealed against the charge and ban, it was upheld following a hearing by Michael Beloff QC, the ICC-appointed judicial commissioner.
Lakmal struck again shortly after as Smith’s opening partner, Kraigg Brathwaite, was brilliant caught by Danushka Gunathilaka for two runs.
Kieran Powell was on his way back to the pavilion the very next over as he was caught by Kusal Mendis off the bowling of Lahiru Kumara for four runs.
Roston Chase could not stem the bleeding as he was clean bowled by Kasun Rajitha for 14.
Dowrich and Shai Hope managed to add 29 runs to the score before Hope was caught by Mendis at second slip off the bowling of Rajitha for 11.
With the West Indies in all sorts of trouble at 53/5, Dowrich and captain Jason Holder came to the rescue with an unbeaten 79-run partnership, during which Dowrich surpassed his fifty, before the rain came.
Since the rain refused to relent, the umpires had no choice but to bring play to an end for the day.
Dowrich finished on 60 off 101 balls, which included eight boundaries, while Holder remained undefeated on 33 off 70 deliveries, which included six boundaries.
Lakmal and Rajitha took two wickets apiece, while Kumara claimed one.
West Indies ended day one on 132/5 and will continue batting on Sunday at 14:00 local time or 18:00 GMT.