West Indies reach 303 for 8 on another day of heavy rain

Kandy, Sri Lanka – Rain continued to disrupt the 3rd ERI Test match between West Indies and Sri Lanka, with just 22.3 overs of play possible on Day 4, Saturday. In the time available the Windies moved to 303-8 from their overnight 244-5. Over 200 overs have been lost in the match so far due to bad light and rain.

In the pre-lunch session the visitors lost the wickets of vice captain Brendan Nash (67), wicket-keeper Carlton Baugh (2) and skipper Darren Sammy (8). All three wickets fell to left-arm spinner Ragana Herath who has so far taken 4-54. Nash was caught down the leg-side by keeper Prasanna Jayawardena, while Baugh and Sammy were both trapped leg-before.

The West Indies slumped to 274-8 at one stage but left-hander Sulieman Benn and Kemar Roach batted sensibly and have so far added an unbroken ninth-wicket stand of 27. Benn, who is unbeaten on 29 off 52 balls, used the long handle to good effect and hit two massive sixes – one over deep mid-wicket off Herath and the other over wide long-on off Agantha Mendis. Roach played with a straight, defensive bat and is on 12 not out off 48 balls.

With one more day left the match is headed for another draw – the third for the three-match rubber. Play on Saturday is due to start at 9.45 am (12.15 am Eastern Caribbean Time/11.15 pm Friday Jamaica Time).

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