Windies vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test delayed after major ball controversy

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WI vs SL 2018, 2nd Test: The Match got Delayed over Ball-Tampering Controversy 

WI vs SL 2018, 2nd Test: The Match got Delayed over Ball-Tampering Controversy
Dinesh Chandimal (C) of Sri Lanka look at the ball in umpire Aleem Dar's hand while Shai Hope (L) and Devon Smith (2L) of West Indies watch during day 3 of the 2nd Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka at Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, Gros Islet, St. Lucia, on June 16, 2018. (Photo by Randy Brooks / AFP) (Photo credit should read RANDY BROOKS/AFP/Getty Images)

The start of day three of the second Test match between the Windies and Sri Lanka got delayed for around two hours after a ball controversy during the second day’s play.

Meanwhile, the tourist refused to take the field on the morning session of day three after the incident. However, play started after two hours following lengthy discussions between match referee Javagal Srinath and Sri Lanka’s coaching staff.

Umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould raised concerns about the condition of the ball towards the end of day two. They told the Sri Lankan players hat play could not continue with the existing ball.

Further, the umpires awarded Windies five penalty runs. As a result, the visitors eventually agreed to take to the pitch after the officials decided to change the ball.

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Sri Lanka Cricket released a statement

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) later issued a statement denying any wrongdoing by its players. It said captain Dinesh Chandimal and his team had taken to the field “under protest” to “ensure the upholding of the spirit of the game”.

The SLC said it would defend its players against any allegations. The Windies eventually resumed at 118 for two in reply to Sri Lanka’s first-innings total of 253. The home side made 300 in their first essay, with Sri Lanka 34-1 in their second innings at the close of play.

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