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Key West Indies-Sri Lanka clash postponed

PORT-OF-SPAIN: The West Indies-Sri Lanka match of the tri-series was pushed to the reserve day due to persistent rain yesterday.

The tie will resume today from where it had stopped, i.e. from 19 overs with Sri Lanka at 60 for 3.

Rain halted the all-important match abruptly.

At the time of stoppage, Sri Lanka's Lahiru Thirimanne (13) and Kumar Sangakkara (11) were holding the visitor's innings together after losing three early wickets.

West Indies pacers Jason Holder and Kemar Roach had rattled the Lankan top-order to give the hosts an edge in their last league game.

Holder dismissed Upul Tharanga (7), Sri Lanka's hero in their match against India, with a full and wide delivery which the batsman drove towards Darren Bravo.

Roach then took the next two wickets to give West Indies an edge into a game which the hosts must win in order to seal a berth in the final.

Roach's first victim was Mahela Jayawardene (7) who edged the ball straight to the wicket-keeper, Devon Smith.

A poor shot by Dinesh Chandimal (2) saw him becoming the next batsman to walk toward the pavilion. Chandimal edged the ball and got bowled out.

Bounce

Lankan batsmen had no answer to the pace and bounce of the West Indies bowlers who kept on testing their opponents.

However, the hosts bowling was riddled with sloppy fielding and a series of no-balls which gave their rivals some much needed runs.

Earlier, West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard won the toss and elected to bowl.

The tri-series has been thrown wide open by India's emphatic comeback. West Indies need to win this game against Sri Lanka to secure a berth in the final.

The Caribbeans are on top in the table with nine points, while the Lankans are tied with India at five points each.

The over-reliance on Chris Gayle's pyrotechnics stood out during their match against India as no Caribbean batsman showed the stomach for a fight after his early departure.

The Sri Lankan batting, on the other hand, was the most decisive factor in their win against India.



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