West Indies vs Sri Lanka 5th tri-series ODI: Match interrupted by rain, play to continue on Monday

Kemar Roach (right) picked up two for 19 from his seven overs against Sri Lanka on Sunday © AFP

By Shrikant Shankar

Port of Spain (Trinidad): Jul 7, 2013

The fifth One-Day International of the Caribbean tri-series between West Indies and Sri Lanka was interrupted due to rain and called off for the day. The match has been moved to the reserve day on Monday, where it will resume from the point it was stopped.

At the time rain played spoilsport, Sri Lanka were at 60 for three in 19 overs after having been sent into bat by the West Indies. Lahiru Thirimanne is batting on 13 and Kumar Sangakkara is on 11. Kemar Roach has taken two wickets for 19 runs from his seven overs.

Stand-in captain Kieron Pollard’s decision to bowl first after winning the toss seemed like a great decision as Jason Holder struck in the last ball of the fourth over. Upul Tharanga, fresh from his unbeaten innings of 174 against India from the previous match, played at a full and wide delivery only to find Darren Bravo take a sharp catch to his right at cover. He was dismissed for seven from 14 deliveries.

Mahela Jayawardene, who scored 107 runs against India, then followed his opening partner in the very next delivery of the following over. Roach bowled a snarling bouncer at Jayawardene, but the batsman was late on his pull and top-edged it on to his helmet and the ball went towards point. Devon Smith took a comfortable catch. Sri Lanka were 19 for two at that stage.

They had two completely new batsmen at the crease in Sangakkara and Dinesh Chandimal. The pair added 10 runs before West Indies had them reeling yet again. Chandimal played away from the body at a length delivery from Roach and the ball snuck in between the bat and pad and clipped the bails. Sri Lanka were at 29 for three in only the seventh over.

Then Thirimanne joined Sangakkara and solidified the innings. The duo added 31 runs for the fourth wicket before the heavens opened up and stopped play.

This is an important match for both teams. Before the match began, West Indies needed a victory to guarantee a spot in the final on July 11. If Sri Lanka can win this match with a bonus point, they would seal their spot in the final. West Indies are at the top of the standing with nine points from three matches prior to Sunday’s encounter. Sri Lanka are in second place, ahead of India on net run rate, with five points.

Earlier, Pollard took charge of the West Indies side in place Dwayne Bravo, who was suspended for slow rate by his team in the previous match against India.

West Indies made three changes from the side that lost to India. Devon Smith, Jason Holder and Lendl Simmons were included in the team in place of Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine and Denesh Ramdin. Jeevan Mendis and Shaminda Eranga replaced Rangana Herath and Kusal Perera in the Sri Lankan team.

Play will resume at 9.20 am local time on Monday.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka: 60 for 3 in 19 overs (Lahiru Thirimanne 13*, Kumar Sangakkara 11*; Kemar Roach 2 for 19) vs West Indies.

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(Shrikant Shankar previously worked with Mobile ESPN, where he did audio commentary for many matches involving India, Indian Premier League and Champions League Twenty20. He has also written many articles involving other sports for ESPNSTAR.com. You can follow him on Twitter @Shrikant_23)